Ep #138: A Novel Twist on Choosing Your Word of the Year

The Joyful Practice for Women Lawyers with Paula Price | A Novel Twist on Choosing Your Word of the Year

One of my favorite New Year’s traditions is to set a word of the year, a practice I’ve maintained every year since becoming a coach. This process revolves around casting a vision for the energy, decisions, and goals you’ll pursue throughout the year, serving as an incredibly helpful guide and anchor.


The word-of-the-year process typically involves choosing an aspirational word. However, there will inevitably be some days when we can’t fully embody the word we’ve chosen. This can lead us to feel a lack of connection to the word and, eventually, give up on it completely.


In picking my word of the year for 2024, I discovered a twist on this process that initially seems counterintuitive but can, in fact, be the thread that keeps you connected to your word of the year. Join me this week to learn about my non-traditional approach to setting your word of the year and how you can use it to get closer to everything you aspire to in 2024.


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What You’ll Learn from this Episode:
  • What the traditional approach to choosing a word of the year looks like.
  • The words I’ve chosen every year since I started my coaching practice.
  • Why the aspirational process can be limiting.
  • My two-step process for choosing your 2024 word of the year.
  • Ideas for aspirational words that can guide you every single day.
  • My word of the year and its companion word for 2024.
  • The skills you’ll need to create your word of the year and its companion word.


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