2021 was the first year that I chose a “word of the year” for myself – and I really enjoyed this exercise. Having a word to focus on was comforting and helped me get through some difficult days. I used my word of the year to help ground me, ease anxiety, and stay focused on what mattered most to me – in both life and business.
I decided to continue with this exercise for the year 2022 – and wanted to share how I chose my words, what it means to choose a word of the year and how to find your own word!
My word of the year for 2022 Is CALM.
What is a Word of the Year (WOTY) Anyway?
A WOTY is one that you intentionally choose to continue coming back to, a word that resonates deeply with how you want to feel in your life and can help you stay focused when things get tough. You can proactively keep your focus on your WOTY by writing it on sticky notes, in your planner, or even by including it on a graphic for your screensaver on your phone or computer!
How to Choose Your Own Word of The Year
These are a few simple steps to find a word of the year. I used this process in my own practice and was able to choose my word of the year for 2022 in a way that felt true to me and flowed easily.
My biggest piece of advice for this exercise is not to force it! There is no such thing as a perfect word. Try to do this at a time in your day where you feel settled, unrushed, and at ease. I did this after a short yoga class + savasana – so I had some mental and physical space and felt peaceful. Another idea is to complete a guided meditation or mindfulness exercise before choosing your WOTY as well. I love using the CALM app for these.
Here are the “steps” I did: