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Happy Wednesday! 🙂


Good bye, January! Hi, February!
Time flies so fast!

Whew!

What is your word for 2023?

I began this tradition in 2019, taught to our inner circle by Bo Sanchez and echoed to me by my friend Maan.

Having a ‘Word for the Year’ helps give you direction and focus.


Let me share with you my words for the previous years and how they guided me.

2019: Look & Go Global

My prayer was “Lord, that I may see who and what you want me to see.” I indeed saw so many opportunities and connections. I also went global — I traveled and spoken to countries like India, Singapore, Malaysia, U.S., and the Maldives.

2020: Relax

This was during the height of the pandemic wherein I only went out for probably 5 times in one year! Woah! 2020 was indeed my most relaxed year. I transformed my home into a beautiful mini forest. Hehe! I took care of 200+ plants plus 10 love birds. I also had a man-made mini water falls in my balcony and a water curtain which I personally designed in my living room.

2021: Receive

I was more of a giver than a receiver. In 2021, I reminded myself to learn how to ‘receive’ joyfully without the pressure of “He/she gave me this. What should I give in return?”
On my birthdays, my default question was, “Who can I make happy today?”

Then I reminded myself, “Sha, your word for the year is RECEIVE. Today, let’s enjoy receiving love from our loved ones.” That day, I received six bouquets of flowers from my brother and friends, my favorite birthday cake, and thoughtful handwritten letters.

Last year, I also received so many blessings I didn’t even imagine. I shared them in my 2021 Year In Review.

2022: Pamper

Travel restrictions eased up and the world recovered from the pandemic. I pampered myself by traveling to my favorite destinations in the Philippines — Boracay, Bohol, Tagaytay, and Isabela. I also travelled to Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, and the U.S. (Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Boston).

I even flew business class from the U.S. to the Philippines. Hehe!

This year, my words for the year are BELIEVE & FLOURISH.

Let me talk briefly about the power of belief.
Our results come from our beliefs.

I recently re-listened to this powerful book “The Forgotten Choice” by Brenda Bence and she talked about how our results come from our beliefs.

Everything begins with our THOUGHTS/BELIEFS.

These then shape how we FEEL.

How we feel affects how we BEHAVE.

How we behave affects our RESULTS.

Here’s an example the author shared in her book, I am paraphrasing it.

If you believe you’re a lousy speaker, you would feel nervous when you are asked to speak. Because you’re nervous, you won’t speak at all or when you do, you may stutter which then confirmed your belief that you are indeed a lousy speaker.

Let’s change it a bit. Instead of thinking “I am a lousy speaker,” how about changing it to “I am learning to be a better speaker.” (THOUGHT/BELIEF)

If that’s your thought or belief, then you’ll get excited to learn about public speaking (FEELING).

You will then look for opportunities to learn from great speakers and enroll in courses. (BEHAVIOR).

Eventually, you will learn how to be a better speaker. (RESULT).

As you can see from this example, your result confirmed your belief. Your results also came from your beliefs/thoughts.

That’s why I feel so strongly about my words for the year — BELIEVE & FLOURISH.

Believe is the cause, Flourish is the result.
My BELIEFS will help me FLOURISH.
My definition of flourish is from the Father of Positive Psychology, Dr. Martin Seligman’s PERMA model (Positive Emotions, Engagement/flow, Relationships, Meaning, Achievement).


Maybe you’re asking..
Sha, how do I find out my word for the year?

Let me share two ways:

  1. Go to https://wordoftheyear.me/

It generates random words. See if any of those words resonate with you. I think my words for 2019, 2020, and 2021 came from this.

2. Pray about it. Ask God to reveal it to you.

The word FLOURISH came about while I was attending Mass, which was then confirmed right after Mass when I went inside the Adoration Chapel. Goosebumps!

The word BELIEF kept popping up from the books I read and the audio books and podcasts I listened to. It became so clear when I listened to one of Joel Osteen’s podcasts and when I re-listened to the audio book “The Forgotten Choice.”


Yes, it’s okay to have two words for the year.

Do you also do the “word of the year’ tradition?
If not yet, you can start this 2023.



What is your word for 2023? I’d love to hear your answers. For fun, I created a highlight for my stories on my Instagram. It’s called BELIEVE 2023. I did the same for Pamper 2022. You can follow me on IG at https://instagram.com/sha_nacino 🙂


I wish you love, joy, and peace today and everyday! 🙂

Cheers,
Sha Nacino

Keynote Speaker & Author

P.S.1 Here are my book recommendations:

  1. The Forgotten Choice by Brenda Bence – you can get it on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Forgotten-Choice-Shift-Inner-Mindset-ebook/dp/B08QF9HHJQ (not an affiliate link)

  1. Love Yourself Today by yours truly (Sha Nacino) – you can get your copy here https://bit.ly/WriteUniversityShop

P.S.2. If you’re looking for an inspirational or motivational speaker for your team members, email us at info@shanacino.com or visit https://shanacino.com/

Sha Nacino is a motivational speaker, TEDx speaker, author, and adjunct faculty at the Asian Institute of Management. For speaking invitations, visit shanacino.com or email us at info@shanacino.com

Sha Nacino

Sha Nacino is a motivational speaker, author of 15 books, and adjunct faculty at the Asian Institute of Management. She is on a mission to inspire fearless possibilities by helping leaders and companies build a culture where everyone feels safe, seen, and appreciated.

Sha finished her B.S. in Business Economics from the University of the Philippines - Diliman and holds a Certificate in Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

She was awarded the Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 by the United Nations Global Entrepreneur Council and Inspiring Humanitarian Award by the World Humanitarian Drive.

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