I thought I might share some of my thought-process in choosing a 2020 WOTY to encourage others to think through their own word selection. I blogged about How-To find your word-of-the-year a couple of years ago (link here) and also did a review of what worked on some of my recent words (link here).
I definitely started with thinking, “What do you need more of in the coming year?” I also looked at what I was currently reading in my inspirational space, what I was learning in my contemplation, and where I needed personal growth. I also asked folks for ideas – in my blog and in my life. All that began my starter word list which included Duality (This & That as in Doing & Being), Flip (This, Not That as in Compassion, not Judgment), Release (release limiting beliefs), Resolve (unresolved issues), Coast (creative, open, active, savoring, time), Creative, Flow, Engage, Align, Empower, Evolve, Change, Becoming, and Believe.
Looking further at my current journaling on self-limiting beliefs (my growth area), reviewing some past journaling on Ego, listening to a recent Empowerment Meditation Series (Chopra), finishing reading a Rachel Hollis book on empowerment, and more exploration into Chakra Healing, my Word of the Year choice began narrowing with Coast, Heal, Believe, or Release as the front runners.
Looking at each in detail:
- COAST feels too contrived. I loved how my past word SOAR had complexity, nuance, and depth. Coast’s 5 words just do not have the same connection for me. I like the dual meaning of slowing down and moving to the coast (of Florida). But the idea of coast versus pursuing ambition still feels against societal expectations; hard for me to be so bold with a WOTY choice!
- BELIEVE is a very positive word. Believe in yourself – your strengths, your innate goodness, your ability to think and plan and execute. But it has so many religious connotations – belief in a higher power – and that is not my intent.
- RELEASE feels very of-the-moment for me – it is definitely my growth area. Release my self-limiting beliefs. Release resentments. Release expectations – real or imagined. Release chakra blockage. It could be a 6-month word, or it could take me all year!
- HEAL has similar connotations to Release, but it implies I’ve been injured and that could hurt others. And I worry it will fight (internally) against the guilt I feel (and need to release!) of not having suffered enough in life. I actually do not have deep scars that require healing.
I do believe that RELEASE is going to be my 2020 WOTY. I also think it can link to my retirement lifestyle vision, one of the things I felt last years WOTY did not do well.
RELEASE so I can be the true me – active, connected, creative, contemplative.
I am off to explore quotes relating to Release. Possibly create a vision board or some poetry. And then create a 20 for 2020 – 20 Activities for Release. All those activities will either help solidify my choice, or help me see if it’s not a fit.
If you choose a Word-of-the-Year, how is your selection going?