At first, it was weird. I didn't know what to do with it. I got some post-it notes and wrote "Believe" on a few and posted them in places I would see throughout the day. Somedays I didn't even notice the word, but others. Oh my...
On "those" days - you know the ones. I clung to "Believe." Throughout the year my beliefs got tested. By the end of the year I was amazed how relevant that word was to me.
I've used other words and had the same outcome: Preparation, Simplify, Focus, etc.
Last year when I chose "Advance" I added some things to really bring it to life. Books and Bible Studies. I really thought through what "Advance" meant to me. Advance was a battle term for me - to move forward and take on the challenges. So I chose books that spoke to that theme and biographies! To learn from those that have gone on before and advanced - like Joseph in the Old Testament. And I learned a lot. It strengthened me for the year and some amazing stuff happened!
Using a word of the year really brings the theme alive in my life. So if you're thinking of using a word of the year - choose wisely.