Set Your Intentions for 2022 by Choosing a Word of the Year

Word of the year
January 3, 2022


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As 2021 came to a close, I knew it was time to pick a word of the year for 2022. I headed off to my favorite place for a brainstorming session, Waffle House (of course!), and put intentional thought into what I want to focus on in the upcoming year.

Each year people set out with their New Year’s resolutions in hopes of improving their lives in the next year. However, we quickly lose sight of these resolutions. Over 80% of people have given up on their resolutions by February because too often we set overwhelming and unachievable resolutions. This year, consider trying something new and choose a word of the year.

The Word of the Year exercise involves you choosing a word that you want to put an emphasis on in the next year. This word can be focused on your personal life, your professional life, or both! You want to think about the things you want to improve and focus on in the next year and where you want your priorities to lie. Then you will choose a word that aligns with these desires. When you choose a word of the year, that word sits at the front of your mind and serves as a reminder throughout the year. It is a simple word that provides a great amount of motivation. In choosing a word you will get a chance to put thought into what you hope to accomplish, what actions you will take, and how you will hold yourself accountable. 

I’ve put a lot of thought into what my word for 2022 will be and I ultimately decided on the word “Invest”. To share a little bit about myself, I am finishing up my MBA, newly married, and just at the start of my professional life. I wanted a word that prioritized and had meaning to each part of my life and I felt “Invest” accomplished that. In 2022, I want to invest in myself, I want to invest in my marriage, I want to invest in my career, and I want to invest in my future. This one simple word, “Invest”, has framed what I want this next year to look like. It will help me remain focused throughout the year on what it is I want to prioritize and accomplish. 

Now, it’s your turn! If you’re tired of New Year’s resolutions that never seem to stick, consider choosing a word of the year. If you decide to join us in this exercise we would love to hear from you. Share with us what word you chose and why by visiting our LinkedIn.