If you could summarise your day in one word, what springs to mind?
More to the point, would your chosen word in the evening be the same as in the morning?
The answer is more likely a No.
We start our day with a zest to have a productive and fulfilling day, only to end up with a sizeable portion of it being wasted.
By the time we go to bed, we let out a familiar sigh and vow to ourselves we’d have a better day the next day.
But days like that continue…
I had many days like that.
A word “positive” might describe my morning. Then it would change to “wasted” by evening.
It bugged the heck of me.
So, I decided to come up with one keyword for the month and use it as my guide throughout the day.
I wanted to set the right tone for the day and, most importantly, keep the right mindset throughout the day so that my day ends as intended.
Keyword for the Month – How It Works
Think about one word that summarises your aspiration for the month.
For example, you want to improve a particular area of your life: health, finances or relationship.
And you choose one word that represents your goals and aspiration.
Throughout the month, your chosen word becomes your anchor.
Your one word sums up how you’d like to feel or what you want to focus on, enabling you to use time well.
Your one word is what you care about.
It doesn’t matter what others think or what the word means to others.
It matters to YOU.
Why for the Month, not for the Year
If you’re like me, starting something new always excites you and refreshes your mind.
That’s the magic of coming up with a fresh word for each month.
And why a New Year’s resolution doesn’t last longer than January.
Things become mundane and boring fast, and with the finish line being too far away, we lose interest or motivation to go on and abandon the whole thing by Feb.
Start each month with one word that anchors you throughout the month.
With a new perspective, start afresh, letting your single word direct you to stay on the straight and narrow for the month.
At the end of the month, you reflect on how things have turned out and what you’d like to focus on.
And you pick another word for the following month and so on.
Examples of Keyword for the Month
Coming up are 215 keyword ideas.
Depending on your life goals, struggles or personal relationships with family and friends, certain words will speak to you instantly.
If you have a goal to achieve but you are being pulled into hundreds of different directions, your keyword might be “Focus”.
It’s your intuition telling you:
Yes, this is exactly what I need right now.
Perhaps you had a row with your parents or siblings.
Among 215 words below, you might find that the word “Forgive” is triggering something deep inside.
How to Use Your One Word
Repetition is key.
From the above example, when you start your day with one word “Focus”, your automatic behaviour and thinking will change to deliberate act.
You focus more.
As I started writing this blog post, I chanted the word.
Focus. Focus. Focus…
I fought the urge to check Pinterest and focused on writing.
As I repeated the word, I soon forgot the temptation.
The mere act of repetition really helped me stay focused.
You may not “Forgive” your parents or siblings instantly.
But by repeating the keyword, resentment slowly dissipates.
Your mind opens up for the possibility to forgive as you repeat the word throughout the month.
See It Feel It
The best way of using your one word is to make it visible and feel it.
Write down your word and keep it somewhere you can see every day:
- Your fridge
- On the whiteboard in front of your desk
- A yellow post-it note on your desktop/mirror
- Screensaver on your phone
- On top of your To-Do list
- Your bedside table
- In your journal
Say it loudly as often as you can, visualise what it’s like when your word is alive and manifested to your life.
Carry that feeling with you throughout the day.
If “Happy” is your one word, your visualisation will make you feel relaxed and smile.
So, as you say the word loudly, put a smile on your face and let your body relax.
215 Word of the Month Ideas
You probably have some idea of your own one word.
If you’re looking for inspiration, here are 215 words you can choose from.
Print off the list, circle ones that speak to you. Narrow them down to a few.
From there, choose one word for your first month.
Repeat this every month to find your ideal word for each month.
You’ll likely have a different priority, goals, and aspiration every month.
So, a different word will jump out at you at a different time.
Choose your one word for each month.
See the word everywhere you go. And feel what it entails throughout the day for a month.
Having a keyword for the month and repeating it every day is so easy to do, yet immensely powerful.
Listen to your intuition that tells you the one word right now, repeat it as often as you can and be amazed by how positively your one word changes your mindset and behaviours and helps you live more intentionally.
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