What’s your guiding word or phrase for 2023?

Do you set yourself up for the year ahead with a word or phrase that will keep you on track towards your goals?
Something that will guide your actions and motivate you when the going gets tough?

I’ve had words of the year for the past two or three years, and as much as I’ve been excited by them when they’re chosen, I find that they don’t always offer the ‘push’ I’m looking for when times get rough.

Finding Meaning Beyond the Ordinary

If I attach my own meaning to the word or phrase I’ve selected, beyond its dictionary definition, it becomes something special, something worth reminding myself of and holding onto for the year.

To figure out and define my word of the year for 2023 I started with a brain dump. I wrote out all of the ideas, goals, motivations, and inspirations I could think of that would mean something to me on a big sheet of paper, and then picked the words and phrases that jumped off the page.

Each word or phrase that lept off the page and hit me on an emotional level becomes one in contention for the year ahead.

I want the word or phrase to be one that will be with me at the end of 2023. And will motivate me to get there when things aren’t going as planned.

Some of the words and phrases I put on the sheet were;

  • Baby Steps
  • Imperfect Action
  • Accountability Buddies
  • Habit Stacking
  • Do good in the world
  • Feel the fear and do it anyway
  • Dance like no-one is watching
  • Maintain Boundaries
  • Test and Measure
  • Celebrate ALL achievements no matter how small
  • Be Kind to Yourself
  • Make a difference to someone else
  • Share your knowledge
  • Niche, Niche, and Niche again

and lastly

  • Fail Forward – Fail Fast, (and do it all again as quickly as possible)
A quote from The Good Place Podcast - Go and Do Something Good With a flying panda.
Could this be my Word or Phrase of 2023?

Staying Focused and Checking In

Along the way, I’m going to set inspirational words or phrases to energise my thinking for each quarter, related to the goals I’m working towards in that period. These words will tie back to the theme of the year, but help me to focus on the milestones along the way.

What would you consider inspiring words or phrases that help guide your actions through the year ahead?

Let me know what your word or phrase of the year is, and what it means to you.

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