Family Dinner Topic: What Word Would You Choose to Guide You in 2021?

Text reading "What one word would you choose to guide you in 2021?"

2020 was a vivid reminder of the unpredictability of life. I don’t know about you, but after a year like that, I’m ready to pause and set an intention before launching into 2021. One-word intentions have grown in popularity in recent years. Unlike traditional New Years’ resolutions, one-word intentions are simple and straightforward. For example, if you strive to find more balance between work and family, you might choose the word “balance” as your one-word intention. 

So last night, over dinner, my family talked about what word might guide each of us in the year ahead. There are no rules for selecting a word. In fact, the only instruction is to choose a word that represents something you would like to cultivate more of in your life. If one word feels too confining, select more than one. 

Ideally, this word inspires or guides you as you navigate the road ahead. You may choose to write your word down and put it someplace you see often. It may grow into a mantra, a reminder, or even a promise as you navigate the year ahead.

Here are some questions to help choose your word:

  1. What do I want to feel more of in my daily life?
  2. What do I want to be more of to my family, friends, and co-workers?
  3. What is it that I need to achieve my goals?
  4. What do I see in others that I would like to be too?
  5. What do I need to be my most authentic self?

It also helps to review possible words and notice which resonate most with you. Reviewing the list below will likely inspire new words too. 

Possible One-Word Intentions:

Authenticity

Balance

Brave

Clarity

Courage

Compassion

Commit

Connection

Creativity

Dream

Freedom

Generosity

Gratitude

Grow

Intention

Joy

Laughter

Learn

Love

Oneness

Peace

Prosperity

Possibility

Presence 

Responsibility

Shine

Smile

Strength

Wellness

After some introspection and discussion, each of my family members thought about a word that resonates with us. On New Years Day, we’ll decide on our words and tuck them into our intention jar. Who knows what 2021 will bring, but starting with intention feels grounding and inspiring to me. 

As the 2020 dust settles, what would you like to cultivate more in your life for 2021? What would you like to leave behind? Wishing you and your family love and peace in the year ahead.

About Jessica Speer: 

Jessica Speer is an author and speaker that focuses on helping kids and families thrive. Her book, BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends), releases July 2021. Visit www.JessicaSpeer.com to learn more, follow her blog, or connect on social media.

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