Are you in the almost 90% of adults who make New Year’s Resolutions?
Are you in the 50% that quit within the first 30 days?
I used to be in both groups, but not anymore! Several years ago, I was introduced to a book, by my life and business coach, entitled One Word That Will Change Your Life, by Jon Gordon. This quick read changed my outlook on resolutions, goals, and annual planning for both my personal and professional life. It simplified the process and narrowed my focus to the one thing that would really move the needle in all aspects of my life.
Our One Word is representative of our theme or vision for the year. It describes our self-development intent for the next 12 months. The book explains why we shouldn’t choose our own word, but rather, be open to receiving our word.
The first step is taking a timeout for ourselves, away from distractions and tasks. This time is meant for turning inward, checking in with yourself. Ask yourself: What do I need? What’s in my way? What needs to go? Spend some time reflecting on where you are and where you want to go, and who you are and who you want to be.
Now that your heart is ready to receive, look up to God for your word. This is meant to be time spent in prayer, a process fueled by faith. The author states, “The One Word process is a journey to discover a God word, not just a good word.” I like this idea because it confirms for me that I’m on the right path.
The second step may happen right away, or it could take a few days to receive your word. Keep an open mind and ask your Creator to reveal your word. Be patient, don’t force this process. Your word will come to you and when it does, it will feel like an ‘ah-ha’ moment.
Finally, we look out, to live our One Word. This is accomplished by sharing our word with others and keeping it front and center in our own life. I printed out several copies of my word and folded them to create three-dimensional signs. Then I placed my triangular reminders in strategic locations, so I can see my word often throughout the day: on my bedside table, in my office, on the dashboard in my car, and in my kitchen.
Words are powerful and inspiring. You’ll find your One Word weaving its way into all aspects of your life: spiritual, physical, emotional, financial, mental, and relational. The journey will inspire, heal, and encourage. One Word can make a difference. “…when you find your word for the year, it will change the way you think, the words you speak, the attitudes of your heart, your relationships, and even your actions.”
Happy New Year!