How To Choose Your Word of the Year

How to Pick Your Word for the Year Ahead


It’s a  popular activity to pick a “word” for your next year, to find one word that can be your focus, your mantra, the word that will guide you through the whole year.  I’ve been doing this for the last five or six years. Sometimes the word works, sometimes it does not.  My 2016 word was “Try” which was very fitting with my Project 50.  2016 has also become a “trying” year for me as I struggled to re-imagine myself as a different athlete.

I usually work through either Christine Kane’s document or Susannah Conway’s document.  I have a file folder called WORD and I re-use my print outs from previous years.  I found another good blog post from Elise Musele.

Word of the Year

I went through both Christine and Susannah’s documents on a long drive (I wasn’t driving) and I did come up with my Word for 2017.


I had originally adopted “accept”.  But that word is too passive for me. It just didn’t feel right. But now, embrace does.

hold (someone) closely in one’s arms

accept or support (a belief, theory, or change) willingly and enthusiastically.

an act of holding  closely in one’s arms.
an act of accepting or supporting something willingly or enthusiastically

It’s basically accept with enthusiasm. I’m sure I’m going to face some different paths and challenges in 2017, and I want to do my best to “embrace” these new issues.

What is Your Word for 2017?

5 thoughts on “How To Choose Your Word of the Year

  1. Roxanne Jones

    I’m still mulling over my word for 2017…last year’s (my first) was “mindful,” and I had mixed results. But there was progress in my ability to stay in the moment and be present, and that counts for something, right?

  2. Ligaya

    I’ve decided that my word for 2017 will be “yes.”

    Here’s hoping that none of my more mischievous friends find out and ask me if I want to go skydiving…

    1. Kim Post author

      That’s awesome! My dad wants to go skydiving for his 80th birthday, so guess what we’re doing next summer!


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