It is New Year’s Eve Day……Since it’s the weekend, I’m sure some will start the celebrations early. Others are eagerly preparing to celebrate. Somewhere in the midst of all of the craziness, there is always the talk of New Year’s Resolutions, right? Most people pick a resolution because of a plaguing problem (sometimes for years) and vow to change it.
Has resolutions worked for you?
Here is usually how it goes:
January – motivated, committed and on track to keep resolution
February – some motivation, mostly on track
March – motivation gone and Resolution forgotten
Does this sound like you? It was me for many years. Until a challenge in 2013 became a new way of approaching the New Year. This past year (personal and business) had some great lessons in it and I found a word to sum up my plan for 2017 (I’ll reveal it tomorrow)!
The “One Word” experiment helped me to move from the long list of changes to ONE WORD. The addition of an acronym last year helped me stay on track. My one word has helped me to take all my big plans, and narrow them down to a single focus. When things got tough, when Doubtful Debbie and Negative Nellie visited; I went back to my ONE WORD and gained focus. Usually somewhere around March is when I need a refresh. It isn’t always easy but it helps me focus on the goals for the year. Notice I didn’t say resolutions, I said goals. No more resolutions for me!
Here are the steps I recommended by “the one word experiment”:
Step 1: DETERMINE THE KIND OF PERSON YOU WANT TO BECOME
The first step is to simply take some time and decide what kind of person you want to be at the end of the year. This goes beyond simply being healthier and wealthier, but it must drive deep into your soul. What about the condition of your heart? What about the person God Himself has created you to be?
Step 2: IDENTIFY THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PERSON
Picture the person and then simply identify their major characteristics. Is the person gentle? Is the person generous? What are the qualities of the person you want to become?
Step 3: PICK A WORD
Once you have a list of the characteristics, simply pick a word. There might be fifteen things you want to change, but you must resist the temptation to promise you will do them all. Instead, simply commit to ONE WORD.
Step 4: MAKE IT AN ACRONYNM
Now you have a word, add steps for each letter of the word. Not only will the word help you to focus BUT when the struggles come, the words or action steps attached to the word will help you persevere. This doesn’t mean you add “goals” or another word, it is all about reminding ourselves of the positive steps to take to achieve our dreams.
One Word will provide you with a lens to see the changes you need to make as well as a way to determine whether or not change is actually happening. Understand this process is hard, but staying focused on your word will help you to struggle in the right direction so you can actually see God working in your life.
I have my word for 2018 and despite my best efforts to move to a different one, God has continued to bring this word up. I can see how this ONE word will be my guide as I strive for the goals I have for 2018 in my personal, professional and business life.What is your ONE WORD for 2018? Or are you still in the “resolution list” mode? Either way, share them with us.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!