Pick A Word For 2023 & Stick With It

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It was several years ago when Steve Scherer introduced the concept of picking a word for the new year. This word would be something you could reference throughout the year. I was shocked how much it meant to me that first year and every year since. You can create goals that help make this word be a success throughout the year. It has encouraged me to see progress made monthly in many areas of my life. The word is something that helps me focus on growing and getting better as a person. 


Here are words that our employees picked in 2022....



How do you pick your word?


Reflect on where you want to grow in the new year

  • What made you feel anxious this year?

  • What habits do you want to create?

  • What accomplishments did you achieve this year?
  • What prevents you from living your best life?
  • What makes you feel successful?
  • Who do you want to be known as?
  • How do you take care of your mental health?
  • What are the first three words that come to mind when you think about this new year?



Define your goals and focus areas for 2023

  • Relationships
  • Work
  • Physical Health
  • Wellness and Mental Health
  • Lifestyle and Hobbies
  • Life Milestones


Apply the S.M.A.R.T concept to each goal

  • Specific – Give details on goals and when you know you have completed it.
  • Measurable – Be sure you know short- and long-term benchmarks for success.
  • Achievable – What must you do to find success in this goal and what obstacles will you face?
  • Realistic – What can you achieve towards this goal per month?
  • Time-bound – Put a due date to each goal to create accountability.


My word for 2023 written on a sticky note above my desk....



The most important part of this word is keeping it FRONT & CENTER so you don’t forget. Stay positive and keep the commitment towards making your word part of your life. Share your word with others and explain why you picked it. The more you talk about it the more it becomes part of your focus. If you really want to kick it up a notch, ask others to hold you accountable on making this word a priority in 2023.


We wish you all a very happy new year and make 2023 be a great year!




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