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As the year draws to a close, many of us are reflecting on the year, and the decade that passed. Hopefully, some of us are looking back at proud moments, and achievements we did not think possible this time last year. Yet, our culture is so focussed on self improvement, that many of us are undoubtedly looking back at the year and thinking of all the things we did not do, and all the new year resolutions we did not keep.

Before we begin making plans for the year ahead, it is important to reflect and be as objective as possible.

Conducting your own end of year review is only useful if you can walk the line between self-castigation and self-congratulation.

If you only tell yourself off for what you did wrong, or did not achieve, your end of year review will not be instructive. Equally, if you simply look back and pat yourself on the back, there will no be learning.

To begin your year end review, look back at what you aimed to achieve and how you hoped this achievement would make you feel.

In The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul, author Danielle LaPorte says, that the goals we set ourselves are often the gateway to a feeling we want.

When reviewing your year, remember to give yourself marks for achievement and effort. Sometimes, despite all our best efforts, the achievements we aim for do not come to fruition. The timing may be bad, the goal may not work out, or maybe you just got unlucky. This does not mean you should completely discount your efforts. Often, the lessons and network we get from trying something new turns out to be useful in a way we did not expect.

If you are feeling the need for a change, or wanting to improve on something in 2021 then it is even more of a reason to focus on the inspiring, the good, the positive and the possibility of the next year ahead!

Instead of writing a new year’s resolution (or panicking that you can’t decide on one) another great way to go into a brand, spanking new year is to have a focus word instead.

A single word that encapsulates what you need more of, what you want to focus on, or what you need to improve on.

A word for the year!

The benefits of having a ‘word of the year’

It might be a theme or overarching focus for your year ahead – either way, it’s an exciting way to set your intention for the year ahead.

It provides an anchor and encourages you to consciously (and subconsciously) consider this focus word when making decisions – what you want more of and what you want less of in your life.

How to decide on your word for the year

Sometimes we know exactly what we need in our lives, and sometimes we need to stew on it a bit.

Here are some simple questions to get you thinking, and below is a list of over 300 word of the year ideas:

  • Considering how this past year has been, what is something that you could improve on, do differently or keep working on?
  • Have a think of something that isn’t going so well in your life right now. What’s a word that is the opposite or more positive alternative to this? For example, if fear keeps holding you back, then the alternative could be fearless or brave?
  • What do you want MORE of in your life?
  • What do you want LESS of? Be sure to turn it into a positive word though!
  • What would be a game-changer for you?


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