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Redefining resolutions: why one word is all you need

If you've ever felt overwhelmed by New Year's resolutions, you're not alone. Let's talk about a down-to-earth approach that might just resonate with you: choosing a single word to guide your year ahead.

Instead of a list of resolutions that are often unrealistic, the idea here is simple: pick one word that encapsulates what you want to focus on or embody in the coming year. It's not a magic solution, but it can serve as a helpful touchstone for making decisions and setting priorities.

Why consider one word?

  • Simplicity: One word is easier to remember and more manageable to incorporate into your daily life compared to a long list of resolutions.

  • Flexibility: Your chosen word can adapt to the ups and downs of the year, offering a flexible framework for navigating various challenges and opportunities.

  • Alignment: A thoughtfully chosen word can serve as a reminder of your core values and priorities, helping you stay grounded amidst the hustle and bustle of life.

How to choose your word

  • Reflect on your values: Take some time to think about what's important to you. What are your goals? How do you want to feel?

  • Identify themes: Look for recurring themes or aspirations that resonate with you. Is there a common thread that connects your personal and professional life?

  • Select your word: Choose a word that feels meaningful and relevant to your current circumstances. It could be a verb, a noun, or an adjective—whatever resonates most with you.

Practical tips for incorporating your word

  • Keep it visible: Write down your word and place it somewhere you'll see it regularly, like your desk or fridge. This simple act can serve as a gentle reminder of your intentions.

  • Regular check-ins: Schedule moments to reflect on your word and how it's influencing your actions and decisions. This can help you stay connected to your chosen focus throughout the year.

  • Be gentle with yourself: Remember, the goal is progress, not perfection. Embrace the journey, celebrate your successes, and learn from the challenges along the way.


Choosing a word for the year is not a guarantee of success but it can offer a meaningful way to bring focus and intention to your life. Whether your word is "balance," "growth," "presence," or "connection," know that it's okay to start small, take it one day at a time, and see where the journey takes you. 


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