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Have you ever heard the saying “words have power”? If so, then you know the value of words and how much of an impact they can have in our everyday life. We use words to communicate and express a variety of feelings and emotions, sometimes without even putting any thought behind them.  But just imagine the impact our words can have with real focus, intention and commitment. 

This is where the idea of One Little Word comes in. An idea started by Ali Edwards in 2006, that centers on choosing one word to focus on for the new year. Your word can be anything you want, which makes it both fun and challenging. It should be a word that truly speaks to you in the particular season you are in and where you want to go. A word that will guide you, hold you accountable and help you when faced with decisions. Whatever your word ends up being, it will serve you best if it becomes a part of your everyday life. 

With the end of the year just around the corner, there is a buzz about choosing a word of the year.  Choosing a word can come easy for some but not for all. Here are some tips to help you work through the process of selecting your own word for 2020: 


Reflect and project 

Spend a bit of time thinking about what is really important to you. Be honest with yourself about where you are now and what you want to work on or improve upon in the new year. Your word should reflect these goals. Think about where you ultimately want to be and what it will take to get you there. It is not the same for everyone so you will need to take a deep look inward to find the answers and figure out what you want to bring into your life. 

Do a brain dump

Grab a pen and paper and begin writing down words that speak to you at this moment. What is inspiring you, challenging you and bringing you joy. This will help ease the anxiety and get your mind flowing. Remember, your word is not tied to a specific goal but rather an overarching momentum that pushes you towards achieving them. 

Consider the possibilities

After you have a list of potential words, maybe you want to circle or focus in on a couple that could be your word of the year.  Take some time to think about what each of these words could look like in your life. It could take a few moments or a few days. You will most likely decide which of the words reflects where you are headed. It may have you feeling excited, determined or even scared. But ultimately you now know the end result you are after. 

Welcome your word

Congratulations – you now have a word! You can share it with friends or keep it to yourself but either way the most important thing is to make it a part of your life. So how do you do that? Think about it daily, hang it up somewhere visible, write it in your planner and let it become part of your story. Each year Ali Edwards offers a year long One Little Word workshop to help prompt you each month with creative ideas and ways to incorporate your word into your life. This is an amazing way to have your word truly be present and have a purpose. 

Have you given some thought about your word for 2020? Remember a year sounds like a long time but twelve months will pass by in a blink of an eye. 

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