New Year New Word

One Word for 2020

As 2019 comes to an end and 2020 quickly approaches, we reflect on the things we have accomplished, the heartaches we have felt, and the memories created. As we start focusing on the new year ahead of us, the excitement of a fresh start or a clean slate provides new opportunities. Most of us love opening a new calendar with its blank pages only waiting for the next events; we'll be preparing and sharing celebrations, and moments in which to pencil. Some individuals spend time agonizing over their New Year’s resolutions of losing those last five pounds or focusing on eating at home more. Some focus on finding new jobs, starting that new house project, or learning a new skill. 

All of these thoughts, plans, and ideas are wonderful; and we always have the best of intentions. Then life settles back into its routine. Days turn into weeks, weeks into months, and our resolutions quietly slip by the wayside. Before we know it, we have not moved forward as we had hoped. So, let's try something a little different. Let's look at choosing one word for the year. 

Choosing one word allows you to focus on one thing you know you can change. One word can be more impactful, your mantra, or your focus word for the year. This may also mean you can successfully focus on one thing and not fail at the problematic resolutions. Concentrating on one word makes your focus intentional, and it will be a more natural commitment. If you let it, your one word will shape not only your year but will also allow you to develop. It will become the compass that directs your decisions and guides your steps.


Here are a few tips for leading you to your word for the year: 

  1. Focus on your goals. Think about what you want to accomplish in 2020 and write down all of the goals that come to mind. Include both long-term and short-term goals. You might have several goals surrounding your personal, professional, or family life. If so, you may want to consider words that relate to the overall theme of your goals.
  2. Look for inspiration. Deciding on a fitting word that encompasses what you want to focus on is harder than it sounds. You may need to sit down and start writing what you are looking to accomplish. Just write. Let the words flow freely. 
  3. Create a vision board. This is an optional step. Although I think it's a great way to visualize what you want in the new year. Tying a visual to our one word engages our senses and positively reinforces our choice.  It sounds cliche or basic, but gathering with other like-minded individuals to bring our goals and dreams to life is empowering.
  4. Narrow it down. Once you have a list of words to choose from, you will need to narrow it down. If you are starting with a bi,g list, look through it and see if there are words that can be easily discarded.
  5. SELECTING YOUR WORD OF THE YEAR FOR 2020. After you have chosen your word for 2020, it's time to put it into practice. Find a way to display your word so you can see it daily.  Write your word in a journal, put it on your bathroom mirror, make an art piece and hang it in your office. Place your word anywhere you want that extra motivation and push to help you embrace that word for the year.

May your one word for 2020 empower you to reach for the stars, seek out new challenges, and step into a season of change. Your one word can lead you down a new and exciting path. If your one word is calling you to volunteer in your community to positively impact the lives of others, we hope you will consider partnering with Hoyleton to build stronger families, one child at a time. Share your One Word with us on Facebook, #HYFSOneWord2020.

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