BECOME: Word of the Year 2014

Become: Word of the Year 2014

"Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be." - George Sheehan

For the last six years, I've been sharing with you one of my annual traditions: Choosing a Word of the Year. And, for 2014, my seventh WOTY that I share with you is: BECOME.

I'm going to be honest and say that finding this year's word is probably tougher than usual for me.

You see, usually, I'd already either have a list of words that I'd be considering by early to mid-December OR a couple of words would already 'come' to me well before New Year's Eve. As in, I would know, that that word is going to be THE WORD for me.

This year, I struggled. My word just wouldn't come. I did what I usually did around the same time of the year. I read, wrote, watched, listened, prayed, meditated... But, my word just refused to reveal itself.

Finally, I decided to put into words all the different ways that I end up with a word that resonates with me. I listed steps and ideas. As if I was giving myself a Word of The Year workshop. Except I was writing the workshop, and I was participating in my own workshop.

Eight steps and mini sessions later, my word finally arrived.

And, the thought: 'The Art and Business of Becoming' came to me too.  This is how I knew that I finally found my word for 2014.

In the past, I've always felt a bit of apprehension (sometimes, even terror!) when my word comes to me.  I've often felt that my WOTY was challenging me way past my comfort zone.

This time, even though I still feel that challenge-past-the-comfort-zone thing, I feel a certain kind of peace with this word. Maybe because I knew I had to find my word this time. Not just let it come to me. I had to work for it. And make it mine.

The concept of BECOME has already started its work, it seems.

"The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become." - Jim Rohn 

One of the ways I know that my word is really mine for the year is when the dictionary meaning of the word resonates with me too. And, here's what Dictionary.com has to say about become:

be·come [bih-kuhm]

verb (used without object), be·came, be·come, be·com·ing.

1. to come, change, or grow to be (as specified).

2.to come into being.

verb (used with object), be·came, be·come, be·com·ing.

3. to be attractive on; befit in appearance; look well on: That gown becomes you.

4. to be suitable or necessary to the dignity, situation, or responsibility of: conduct that becomes an officer.


5. become of, to happen to; be the fate of: What will become of him?

Somehow, reading these meanings, something clicked inside me. That 'lightbulb moment', which didn't happen when I came across other words that I was considering (Evolve, Celebrate, Thrive, Content).

And, yes, this time, I know exactly why it did click.

Now, I'm just curious to know if this word becomes me.

"Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny."

And, in case you're wondering, here are my previous WOTYs:

2013: Focus

2012: Possibility

2011: Shine

2010: Connect

2009: Bliss

2008: Today

What about you? Do you choose a Word of the Year? What's your word for 2014? How did you come up with it? 

About the Author Shai Coggins

Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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