Do you have your word for 2017?

Do you set New Year’s resolutions only to see them fail in January – I know I do.  I’ve always wondered why that is the case – if something is so important to me to make a resolution then why would I not do it.  I think I may have found the reason.  Having a resolution is too rigid, too specific and it becomes a rule and anyone who knows me knows that


Anyway a wonderful friend of mine Jane Bell Lassiter suggested instead of resolutions I could create a word for the year.  Not something I have done before, but I liked the idea because it felt less restrictive.  

So I went off and researched this ‘Find your word’ phenomenon and gave it a go, and now I have a single word that encapsulates everything I want to achieve in 2017.  And even better …  every time I do something in 2017 as long as it fits with my word of the year I will know that I am on track.  Woop woop – very excited!!!

So how did I find my word?  I will explain …

3 Simple steps to finding your word for 2017

Step #1

Take just a few minutes to sum up what you want your life to be like in 2017 and importantly how you would like to feel (connecting with the emotion of this is important for your subconscious to understand it is a priority for you).  Now write what you want for 2017 in a paragraph of around 5 sentences maximum.  

For example I wrote “This year I am going to build my heart centred business to a level which will support me to leave my corporate role.  I will be delivering an invaluable service to my wonderful customers.  I will be focused on growing my perfect customer base and will not waiver from my plan.  I will feel relaxed and abundant as there is freedom, fun and flow in my life and biz. I will be open to bring in whatever the universe has in store for me to achieve this or something better”

Don’t skip this step it is really important.

Step #2

Take the paragraph you have created and condense it to 1 sentence which encapsulates what you want to achieve – this is actually quite tricky.  Make sure your 1 sentence covers all the important aspects of what you want.

For example I wrote (a very long sentence) … “In 2017 I will be focused and working to my plan, to attract more of my ideal clients, whilst delivering the most invaluable service to them, which will allow me to leave my corporate job and have even more abundance of freedom, fun, flow and prosperity in my life and biz.”

Again don’t skip this step it is really important.

Step #3

Spend a few minutes looking at your sentence and decide what your word for 2017 will be.  You don’t need to restrict yourself to a word you wrote in your sentence –  it just needs to be a word that covers everything you wrote.  It could be a noun (a word that describes what you want or how you want to feel) or it could be a verb (a word that describes what you are going to do).  The word is personal to you and it has to have meaning to you.

I found it really tricky to nail the single word so I highlighted some key words from my sentence (focused, plan, freedom, flow) and I used to come up with ideas for my final word.

So my word for 2017 is ‘Consciously’

This one word encapsulates sticking to my plan to leave my corporate role, while building my heart centred business delivering incredible personal value for my clients.  Consciously also represents being consistent – meaning everything I do is with conscious thought (ie not wasting too much time scrolling on FB).  This word also represents expanding my universal consciousness which is something I have decided is important for me to continue in 2017. 

I’m now going to print this word off and stick it all over the house, keep it in my wallet and have it on my screen saver.

How did you get on finding your word?  Do share I would love to hear what is in store for you in 2017 – how magical is this!!!

Angela x

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Inspiration for this post came from : Kim Denne –


6 thoughts on “Find your word for 2017 in 3 simple steps

  1. Thanks Angela. My word for 2017 is ‘Expansive’ My process was a little different from yours and am looking forward to consolidating that with the above exercises. Many blessings for a conscious 2017 and the unfolding of a conscious life of colour, abundance and fun for you x

    1. Hi Debbie

      Woah Expansive how perfect – I can see this for you. Watch out 2017! I also did my symbol for 2017 which is the snake and the meaning behind that is “Awakening” so 2017 for me will be awakening consciously. I can’t wait to get started 🙂 Many blessings to you and I look forward to seeing you expend to your full potential. x

  2. Thanks Angela. I started doing this in 2015. That year is was courage as I knew it would take coursge to start a new biz hence Midlife Courage. 2016 was all about putting myself first so my word has been Self Compassion.
    2017 I want more balance in my biz because I want to feel delight. 2017 word is DELIGHT.

    1. Hi Sharleen

      Well you certainly did step up with courage in 2016 and it’s wonderful to see how you biz has grown, plus followed by a year of self compassion is perfect.

      2017 moving into delight – OMG you are going to love Dream BIG Paint BIG!! I can guarantee it is going to DELIGHT. I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings to you. x

  3. Love this process! This year, my word was ‘thrive’. Following your process for 2017, I’ve settled on ‘ease’, & it feels so beautifully luxurious!

    1. Brilliant! I have to agree ease does sound very luxurious Lana – I am sure you deserve it. Have a wonderful 2017!

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