I’m grateful to two readers who commented on my last post about my Word of The Year 2019, saying that they found the exercise stressful. I was a little surprised. In fact, I switched to this practice about 5 years ago, to avoid the stress and guilt that was associated with New Year’s resolutions. Do you pick a word of the year for yourself? Is the word of the year practice stressful for you?
Is The Word Of The Year Practice Stressful?
I find the Word of the Year (WOTY)practice empowering and inspiring. Rather than a list of things I ought to DO, the WOTY pushes me to BE.
Like Susannah Conway says, ” You can’t “break” a word like you can break a resolution. The word (or words!) you choose is there to inspire you whenever you need it. Your word is your ally. “
There have been times, 2019 included, where I’ve chosen a word and then forgotten about it. And suddenly, at a point when I’m overwhelmed or losing focus, my WOTY comes back to me, reminding me of why I chose that word in the first place.
The WOTY practice encourages you to use imagination not will-power. Let me quote from one of my favourite books, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, how this can translate:
Enlisting the powers of your subconscious mind is not like pushing against an obstacle. Working harder does not lead to better results. Use no will power. Instead, visualize the end and the state of freedom it produces.
And that’s all the WOTY practice is. A visualization of what you want to be during the year. No pressure. No guilt.
I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me.
Tracee Ellis Ross
Here’s a list of my ‘words’ for the last five years. I’m working on my WOTY for 2020 and should be ready to share it with you soon.