Choose a Word of the Year in 5 Simple Steps

If you haven’t picked a Word of the Year for 2024 yet, no worries! There is still time to pick your word in 5 simple steps.

Years ago, I discovered the concept of "Word of the Year." Intrigued by the idea, I noticed some friends adopting this practice and became curious about its significance. Upon delving into it, I realized that selecting a Word of the Year serves as a focal point for personal growth throughout the year.

The word is meant to represent a central way you are depending on God in the year to come. It helps you determine who you want to become by the end of the year. 

When you have a word of the year, it helps you to be intentional about how you spend the hours, days, and months of the year. You can pick your Word of the Year in 5 simple steps.

1. Reflection

The first step is to take some time to reflect on your last year. What has been happening in your life and how is God using it for your good? Think about who you want to become by the end of this year. What character quality do you need more of in this coming year? 

2. Brainstorm

Next, brainstorm a list of at least ten words you can think of. Here is a list of Word of the Year ideas help you. 

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3. Pray

The third step is to take some time to pray as you read this brainstorm list. Ask God to give you wisdom. He knows more than anyone who you can become by the end of the year.

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4. Choose your Top 3 words

Next, pull out the top three words from your list. Look up the definition of each of these three words. Which word hits a growth point the most? Again, pray and ask God for wisdom.

5. Choose Your Word of the Year

Choose one word from the list of three. Congratulations! You picked your Word of the Year. Next, spend time finding a Scripture verse that goes along with it. Make sure you understand the context of the Scripture verse. I use the study notes in my Bible or look on I encourage you to memorize this Scripture verse by the end of the year.

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The concept of one word for the year is life-changing. I am excited for you to experience it. I created a free printable using the 5 simple steps to guide you through the process of picking your Word of the Year for 2024. There is also a Family Word of the Year version. This is an awesome way to grow as a family too! Please sign up below to receive this FREE Printable.

I can’t wait to hear what your Word of the Year is! Please comment below once you decide on your word. If you already know your word, please comment below. I look forward to seeing how God is going to move in your life this year. 

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Anastasia Corbin
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