Over the past several years I have selected a word (or in crazy years, words) of the year. Usually, by late December or early January, the word is pretty clear and helps shape my thinking and plans for those 12 months.
Last year was probably the first time where my word seemed to be a good fit for all 12 months. It didn’t lose its impact or fade into memory, and I understood why it was so needed. My word for 2018 was Rest, you can read about that here.