Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions! Pick One Word Instead.
When the New Year rolls around, millions of people from around the world make New Year’s Resolutions.
“This is the year I’m going to get fit!”
“I want to lose weight.”
“My resolution is to save money and travel the world.”
“I’m going to spend more time with my family.”
Of all the resolutions made each New Year, only 8% of people actually achieve them.1 One of the secrets to making a good resolution is to keep it simple, which is why choosing One Word is taking the world by storm. The One Word revolution is exactly what it sounds like. Pick one word at the beginning of the year as your guide and inspiration to becoming a better version of yourself.
Why waste time proving over and over how great you are, when you could be getting better? Why hide deficiencies instead of overcoming them? Why look for friends or partners who will just shore up your self-esteem instead of ones who will also challenge you to grow? And why seek out the tried and true, instead of experiences that will stretch you? –Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
Benefits of One Word:
Easy to remember.
How to Pick One Word:
1. Reflect on your life this last year.
What were some of the challenges you faced this year? What did you find frustrating? What are the things that you wish you could change about yourself or your situation?
2. Imagine the person you want to become.
Ignore what others have said about you in the past, or what you’ve said to yourself in the past. You have the capacity to stretch, grow and change. How do you want
to change? Who do you want to become? Imagine your changed self. What are the traits, values, and behaviors that this new version of yourself has?
3. Pick One Word.
After reflecting on the past and imagining yourself in the future, pick one word that will be your guide and inspiration to becoming that version of yourself. Sometimes the word is obvious, sometimes it’s subtle. If you’re feeling brave talk to your partner, children, family, or friends about word suggestions. If you need word ideas here are several great websites:
You can also order or pick up the books "One Word: that will change your life" by John Gordon, Dan Britton, and Jimmy Page or "Motivation Manifesto" by Brendon Burchard.
My One Word Story:
This past year, I’ve had several major significant emotional events that happened in my life. I was talking to my Air Force sister and business partner Retired Chief Master Sergeant Maryann Navarro and she challenged me to pick one word instead of making New Year resolutions to focus on this year to create a vision for my future. My one word this year is POWER. I want to own my power and take control of my life. For over 30 years, I’ve been told what to do, how to do it, and when to do it. Now I have to decide all of these things on my own, which can be overwhelming, to say the least. Because I love to attach meaningful context to words (like my lifelong mantra #SLAY), I attached context to each letter of the word POWER.
Plan To Redeem The Time
-Time is a gift from God and none of us know how much of it we’re allotted. I want to live in constant awareness of the ticking clock and make the most of the time I have.
Overcome Negative Thoughts
-I often get in my own way and allow negativity to enter my mind. I’m not going to allow my mind to have free reign so I can experience more peace and joy in my life.
Work For The Lord
-I’m accountable to God and need to be a good steward of the gifts He gave to me. I work only for God’s glory.
-I’m going to approach everything with boldness, a loving heart, sacrificial giving, and a service to others mindset.
Realign My Words With My Actions
-I’ve talked about my dreams and goals for a minute, but I hold back for so many reasons. Not anymore. I’m committing myself to my goals. I’m writing them down, creating plans, acting on them, visualizing them, talking about them, reading and improving on my skills, tracking & measuring my progress, and celebrating my victories with a grateful heart.
LOOKOUT 2022…I OWN MY POWER!!!!!
WHAT WILL BE YOUR ONE WORD?
Keep on SLAYIN’ until you can’t SLAY no more!!!!!!