Several years ago, I read something about how one word could change your life.
Being an avid reader, I have ingested hundreds of thousands of words and I was curious to know exactly which one single word would have the power to do this. What is the magic word that can affect such change as no others could?
This is what I discovered. The premise of One Word, is that usually, at the start of a new year, after some time spent in quiet contemplation or a period of rumination, thinking about how you want your year to unfold, or something you wish to work on, you choose one single word that would best embody the entirety of those intentions.
There is no, one specific word. It is only a word chosen by you, for you, unique to you.
Peace, Joy, Love…What do you wish to experience?
Excitement, Adventure, Abandon…where do you want your word to take you?
Knowledge, Faith, Reason…what do you wish to learn?
Words have power. They convey messages, truths, insights.
You may have noticed your social media lighting up with messages on choosing your word, what’s the word, spread the word, or those that refuse to be blocked in by a word.
If this concept is new to you, this is what is being discussed.
As with anything, you can put as much or as little effort into this exercise. Nothing is written in stone. If you choose a word or if one chooses you, it is still your choice on how involved you wish to be with it. Once a word is chosen, that word becomes a daily focal point.
In the past, I chose a word and then promptly forgot about it.
The next year, I chose another word, and was disappointed I didn’t follow through on it.
Last year, I chose two words, (Gratitude & Giving). I felt they were two sides of the same coin and both I needed to work on.
I kept a journal for my word(s). I wrote about things I was grateful for and ways I could give more. And for the first time since choosing a word, I stayed on track and felt accomplished at the end of the year.
I knew I chose well because by December, I was reluctant to be releasing it, until I realized, I am not giving anything up. My words had become ingrained in me and are a part of my daily existence. I am ever grateful and always looking for ways to give. I consider it a lesson well learned and am thankful for the avenues it provided me with. It is now a way of life for me, and it’s not that I wasn’t grateful before, but I am more aware of it now.
Finding your word, could in effect, be a game changer and yes, it is possible for One Word to change your life. Choosing a word is a great start in choosing a lifestyle.
If the idea of doing this exercise appeals to you, here are some tips on how to go about it.
Find some time to be alone with your thoughts.
If writing is your medium of choice, on a blank piece of paper, write down what you want more of in your life.
Don’t get hung up on logistics. Just write.
Make a list of words: this is what I want to learn/have more of/accomplish/be.
If absolutely nothing comes to mind, there are Google tool lists that will list words for you; print it out or write down the ones that speak to you.
Once you have compiled your list, circle your top 10, from there, your top 5, then your top 3.
From there, it’s up to you to choose.
There are no right or wrong choices. Be real. Be honest. Have fun.
Once you have your word, place it on sticky notes, put up all around your home, your car, your mirrors, wherever you are most likely to see it as a reminder that this is YOUR word.
This is what you will be working on for the rest of the year.
Keep your word. Stay true to your word, because you are as good as your word.
Words really are magic and do have the power to transform your life, if you let them.