Have you heard about discovering your word of the year? Maybe you have given that a try in previous years as a part of your New Year’s celebration. I think this is my 4th year choosing a special word for the new year and I love going through the process. For me, it involves prayer and some thought, and a little patience. If you haven’t done it before, I’m going to give you the quick method since we’re already in 2022. If you have done it, consider this a refresher course or maybe a little boost to land on your word.

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What is Your Word of the Year?

Just like most people set New Year’s resolutions, there are also a lot of people who choose a word of the year. It came into being several years ago. There have been books written, articles posted, and I’m sure even classes given on what your word of the year could be. It’s actually very simple! It’s a word of your choice that will help you focus on an idea, an action, or a character trait for the ensuing months.

It can be very powerful because if you work it right, you’ll be laser-focused on that one concept and changes in many other parts of your life can flow from that word as well. Your personal and business goals could be affected. The direction of your spiritual growth might be impacted as well. Any part of your life that you choose to bring into this process might just be powerfully changed by this word.

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Your Word of the Year is a Good Thing

We’ve mentioned a few positive effects of your word of the year, but let’s go a little deeper with this and consider the changes you might see in your day-to-day life. Isn’t that where we’re hoping our resolutions and goals will make a difference as well? If our daily lives aren’t impacted, why bother?

The trick is to keep your word in your FACE! How might you do that? Here’s a quick list: make it your phone wallpaper, put it on your fridge, or create a printed poster for your office. Think about where you will see it and then change it up every month or so. It’s like the ‘piles phenomena’. After a while, the piles go invisible and you totally forget they’re there.

Keep your word of the year for 2022 nearby when you’re goal-setting. I love setting my goals per quarter (left-over from my teaching days). Now, when I sit down to crank out Q1’s Big 4, I’ll have my word right there to inspire and direct me. If you’ve got a ‘good word’ it will guide you through life, business, home, and faith goals. I challenge you and me to be aware of our words throughout the year. I imagine if we are, our results will be vastly different than if we’d opted to bypass this whole process. Pretty exciting, right?!

Choosing Your Word of the Year

The best resource for discovering your own unique word is your own brain. And, your heart. Use your imagination to guide your heart when you’re attempting to land on that word. And, pray. Ask God to guide you to the best word for you for this year. He will. Of course, using resources might be a part of that process.

Your One Word can be way better than a resolution!

Here is a list of published resources if you’re interested in doing some research and finding more information about the process. Some resources also have lists of words. Don’t settle too quickly on your word, but those lists can ‘prime the pump’ of your thinking. On the other hand, if you find a word on a list and it feels right to you, take it as your own. There are no rules about copying! And, there are also no rules about changing your word midstream, especially if you’re new to the whole concept.


  • My One Word (website)All things ‘one word’ including the book, detailed directions for choosing, and an amazing list of words.
  • My One Word FB PageCurrent information and updated suggestions and tips and fun ideas.
  • The My One Word Personal RetreatAn amazing 7-page resource to use when you take time to either find a special spot away from home or a quiet spot in the house.
  • The My One Word BookI own it and highly recommend it for this process.
  • The Prayerful Planner – My current favorite planner which includes space for discovering your word of the year as well as a spot for recording the Bible verse of the year.

My Own Word of the Year 2022

I told you near the beginning of this post that I’d chosen mine for the year. Two years ago in 2020, my word was ‘Shine’. I loved that word! It encouraged me throughout the year to ‘shine my light’ in a variety of ways. My blog update to become more openly faith-based late in the year was a part of that word’s effect. I’m not going to stop ‘shining’ but now I’m ready for a new focus.

My word for the year 2021 landed in my brain in early January. I’d been thinking about it, had mentioned it as a quick prayer but that was really all I did this year. And, then that morning I woke up with the word ‘Transformation’ on my heart. There was no doubt that was my one word for this year! Plans and thoughts and possibilities chugged around in my head shortly after my word landed.

My word of the year 2022 is…drum roll, please! ‘ABIDE’ This word has been a part of my life for many years. It’s taken from older versions of John 15: 4-5.

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

John 15:4-5 NKJV

Here’s a word cloud of ‘Abide‘ including the word Remain (which is the word used in more modern translations).

Your word of the year cloud

My goal is to get to know the Lord on a deeper level this year. He is a good friend after all…I want that relationship to be more ‘real’. So, I’ll be tracking down related verses, journaling about Abiding in my Prayerful Planner, and reading a new copy of a very old book called Abide in Christ by Andrew Murray. My 1968 version of the 1888 classic is falling apart but the sweet notes in it are through my high school senior eyes. I’ll cherish both copies.

Let’s Wrap This Up

Are you ready to begin choosing your word of the year? Has this post inspired you to give it a try? I hope so! Would you share your word below? We would love to hear what your word is (maybe you’ve already completed the process). And, if you like to share, how will you be applying your word to your life and your planning for this year?

One of my favorite posts on Quiet Hollow is called “What is This Thing Called Hope?” If you opt for the word HOPE as your one word, it could give you some great ideas for the year. Plus, it’s an encouraging ray of sunshine for your life.

Also, here’s a little form for you to print and record your word. 💕

Word of the Year form

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