Looking for an alternative to the standard new year’s resolutions? Try choosing a word of the year! Today I’m sharing the top 100 word of the year ideas to motivate and inspire you in 2024.
Choosing a word of the year is a powerful way to set intentions and focus your energy on what matters most. Whether you’re looking to cultivate more joy, creativity, or resilience in the coming year, this guide will help you find the perfect word to guide and inspire you.
Word of the Year for Manifesting
I absolutely adore the idea of having a word of the year because it’s so much more flexible than setting a new year resolution. A word of the year sets you up for success because there are so many ways to embody it.
For example, if you make a resolution to go to the gym 3x per week, you might get sidetracked as the months go by, and not hit your goal (and then beat yourself up about it).
But, if instead you choose ‘wellness’ as your word for the year, it leaves the door open for you to honor it in many different ways, based on how you’re feeling. Maybe one day you decide to hit the gym, and the next day you cook yourself a nourishing, delicious meal. Both actions embody the spirit of wellness.
You are far more likely to stick to a goal when you give yourself more flexibility.
This is so important for manifesting too, because the law of attraction will bring you experiences that match your dominant feelings and thoughts. So if you feel good about the progress you’re making, the more powerful a magnet you become for manifesting experiences that resonate with your focus word.
What Is a Word of the Year?
A word of the year is a single word that represents a theme or goal for the coming year. It’s a way to focus your intentions and guide your personal growth.
Some people choose a word that represents a quality they want to cultivate, such as “gratitude” or “patience.” Others choose a word that represents a goal they want to achieve, such as “adventure” or “creativity.”
Whatever word you choose, it should be meaningful to you and inspire you to take action towards your goals.
Your word of the year is a deeply personal choice that reflects what you want to manifest in your life. So don’t worry – you can’t get this wrong!
Benefits of Having a Word of the Year
Having a word of the year provides numerous benefits for self-growth. It can serve as a reminder of your intentions and goals, helping you stay focused and motivated throughout the year.
It can also help you make decisions and prioritize your time and energy towards what truly matters to you. Additionally, having a word of the year provides you with a sense of clarity and direction, guiding you towards the person you want to become!
Your word of the year will help you stay on track and practice mindfulness, so you can look back and be proud of your progress.
Choosing Your Word for the Year
Your word for the year should be a reflection of your desires and goals. Here are some items to keep in mind while making your selection.
1. Reflect on the past year and set intentions for the future.
Before choosing your word of the year for 2023, take some time to reflect on the past year.
- What were your successes and challenges?
- What did you learn about yourself?
Use this reflection to set intentions for the future:
- What do you want to achieve in the coming year?
- What areas of your life do you want to focus on?
Once you have a clear idea of your intentions, you can choose a word that aligns with them and will guide you towards your goals.
2. Brainstorm a list of words that resonate with you.
Start by brainstorming a list of potential words that resonate with you and your intentions for the coming year.
These words can be anything from simple and straightforward to more abstract and complex. Some examples might include “growth,” “balance,” “courage,” “gratitude,” or “creativity.” Write down as many words as you can think of, and don’t worry about narrowing down your list just yet.
The goal at this stage is simply to generate ideas and get your creative juices flowing.
I can help you with this step! See my list below of my favorite 100 words for the year, and pick a handful that jump out at you.
3. Narrow down your list.
Once you have a list of potential words, it’s time to start narrowing it down. Consider the meanings and connotations of each word, and think about how they align with your intentions and goals for the coming year.
Some words may resonate more strongly with you than others, and that’s okay. It’s important to choose a word that feels authentic and meaningful to you.
You may also want to do some research on the origins and symbolism of each word to gain a deeper understanding of its significance. Ultimately, the goal is to choose a word that will inspire and motivate you throughout the year ahead.
4. Choose a word that aligns with your goals.
When choosing your word of the year, it’s important to consider how it aligns with your personal goals, values, and desires. Think about what you want to achieve in the coming year and how your chosen word can help you stay focused and motivated.
For example, if your goal is to prioritize self-care, you may choose a word like “nurture” or “balance.”
If you want to take more risks and step out of your comfort zone, you may choose a word like “courage” or “adventure.”
Whatever word you choose, make sure it resonates with your values and reflects the kind of person you want to be in the year to come.
Here are my favorite word of the year ideas for the new year!
100 Word of the Year Ideas for 2024
- Self Care
Ideas For Using Your Word of the Year
Once you have chosen your word of the year, it’s important to use it as a guide for your personal growth journey. Here are some ideas to keep your word of the year at top of mind throughout the year.
Positive Affirmations Using Your Word of the Year
You can create a positive affirmation using your word of the year. For example, if your word is ‘simplify’, your affirmation could be “I choose to simplify my life as an act of self-care.” Then, once you have your affirmation you can work it into your daily routine:
- Write it down and place it under your pillow for manifesting
- Stick it to your bathroom mirror so you can start your day with it
- Add it as a reminder in your phone/device
- Repeat it to yourself throughout the day to stay inspired
Make a Vision Board Based on Your Word of the Year
Another way to connect with your word of the year is to create a vision board. A vision board is a collection of images and words that represents what you want to manifest.
If you create an affirmation for your word of the year, you can add it to your vision board! I have a bunch of vision board affirmation examples for you here: 60 Amazing Vision Board Affirmations for Manifestation
Use Your Focus Word as a Journal Prompt
One of my favorite ways to connect with a personal word of the year is to use it as a journaling prompt. With your word of the year in mind, consider the following and write your responses in your manifesting journal:
- Which areas of your life could improve by applying your focus word?
- What actions can you take to honor your word of the year?
- How would your life be different if it aligned with your focus word?
- What emotions do your focus word bring to mind?
- How does your word support your goals and desires for the year?
- What challenges are keeping you from embodying your word?
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Did you find your perfect word for the year? Leave it in the replies below and share!
Your word of the year is a tool to help you grow and become the best version of yourself! So be sure to use it intentionally and consistently.
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