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Choose a Word of the Year for 2012

Bassett Hound

Many of you did this last year with me. I remember how excited you were!

My mentor Christine Kane taught me years ago to choose a word of the year instead of composing a list of resolutions that left me feeling like I’d failed by January 5th.

I wasn’t sure how it worked and it seemed too simple to be meaningful.

Part of my mindset was that change had to be difficult, and must involve a list of goals to be of value. After all, as therapists we’ve been writing clear, objective, measureable goals since we left school, right? We’re even adept at assigning the time frame in which they should be met! It’s natural to bring that skill into our lives as well.

Except for this: it just doesn’t feel very inspiring. At least that’s what I found.

Having resolutions became another THING I had TO DO.

So I thought I’d give this ‘Word of the Year’ thing a chance. And what I found was that it changed my whole year. Without a list, without a scorecard, this one little word somehow wormed its way into my everyday life and then nothing was ever the same.

How does this work? Click on any of these links to read a few of my summaries from years past and you’ll see what I mean.

2008 – Word of the Year – Clarity

2009 – Word of the Year – Soar

2010 – Word of the Year – Decide

And if you think of it, send me an email at and let me know what word you choose.

I can’t wait to see how the intention of that word changes your 2012.

Cheers to new beginnings.