What’s Your Word of the Year?

It’s that time of year, again. The time we sigh, grab our bootstraps and resolve to be better, do better, and live better in the coming year.

Yes, we’ve all made New Year’s Resolutions, and the truth is, they simply don’t work.

By about February 24, we realize exercising every day and eating a fresh salad for lunch three times a week is not as easy as it sounds.

My business mentor Christine Kane encouraged me to try an awesome idea that I want to share with you. It has worked to inspire me every year since I adopted it.

So, the idea is to pick just one word to guide you throughout the coming year. Yes, that’s right. Just ONE word. Call it your Word of the Year.

You can choose whatever word you want. In the past, my Words of the Year have included: Clarity; Progress; and Inspiration. I have friends who have shared their words with me. Some of their words are: Challenge; Forward; Big; Joy; and Patience.

For 2013, my word of the year was BOLD.

I wrote it on a big, blue sticky note and taped it to the computer screen in my home office.

When I started Love Medicine Again, complete with webpage, blog, and social media profiles, I BOLDLY stepped out of my comfort zone and took several giant steps forward.

Every time I interviewed a world-renown doctor to discover his or her secrets to running a fulfilling medical practice, I focused on my Word.

When I finished the first draft of my upcoming book, I told myself, despite the butterflies in the tummy, to be BOLD.

BOLD reminded me to be braver, to reach beyond the safety zone of familiarity and trust my vision.

BOLD gave me the courage to help other doctors renew their faith in medicine.

BOLD was my companion anytime I reluctantly stepped into the unknown.

So on New Year’s Eve, instead of writing out a list of impossible-to-keep resolutions, why not try picking a single word as your guide?

I’d love to celebrate your word with you! Click here to go to my Facebook page and share your word for 2014!

CATEGORIES: Blog on December 30, 2013 by Starla Fitch, M.D.

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6 thoughts on “What’s Your Word of the Year?

  1. Christine Kane

    Starla – Well, I will say, my friend, that you have truly embodied “BOLD.” And the world is blessed for it! You have become someone who models presence and success for so many others!

    The word that most changed my life was the year I chose the word “Pioneer” to lead the way for me. This was as I was leaving behind my music career – and moving toward coaching people and creating products and programs. I had no clue how it would happen – so I wanted to live as a pioneer, discovering new territories and “doing it scared.”

    I believe this also led me to support other people who are doing the same thing in their businesses. (like everything you are doing now, Starla!)

    I love your blog! 🙂

    1. Starla Fitch, M.D Post author


      Thank you for your kind words and the guidance to be “BOLD” this year. Funny that the word that spoke to you the most was “Pioneer,” as I feel that there needs to be a bit of adventurous spirit in all of us.

      You serve as a great role model for so many. I am grateful to call you “friend.”

      1. Colleen O'Grady

        I feel so privileged to see you live your word of the year, You truly have been bold and many will be blessed by you stepping out there. My word of the year is going to be faith. The faith to keep stepping out, playing bigger and shining my light. Happy New Year!

        1. Starla Fitch, M.D Post author


          You have been an amazing inspiration to me and so many others. Thank you for all your wisdom over the years. I love your word of the year, “Faith.” It’s perfect. And I have every faith you will achieve magical things in 2014. 🙂

  2. Janet

    My word for the year is Courage. My life has changed dramatically and I have so many challenges that lay before me this year. I need courage to face them & make wise choices vs. feeling overwhelmed & stagnate in fear.

    1. Starla Fitch, M.D Post author

      Janet, Courage is a wonderful Word of the Year. It can mean the courage to say yes or no to options that are before you. Courage to reach out and ask for support. Courage to follow your instincts. Just choosing the word Courage was brave!


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