One Word for 2018
One Word for 2018
Dec 28, 2017
"My Thought for Your Day" by Paul Minzlaff
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No one likes to fail, right? Then how come each year we set ourselves up to fail by attempting to select multiple New Year’s resolutions that are often just idle talk? I recently read an article that stated over 90% of New Year’s resolutions fail. Even more startling – they fail in the first month of the New Year! Wow, no wonder why so many goals and dreams are just promises that remain in hibernation while we hope someone will come along and make it all possible.
What if I could provide you with a simple way for you to be successful with your New Year’s resolution? What if you could find more meaning, passion and purpose for 2018?
One of my favorite authors is Jon Gordon. A few years ago, Jon wrote a book titled “The One Word,” which has gained great acceptance as a way to help people execute their life plan. It has taken me sixty plus years to realize that life is lived through what we execute – goals, plans or ideas remain motionless without execution. The battery in your car accomplishes nothing until you turn the key – at that point the battery does its thing, it releases energy, it serves a purpose.
There is a word God wants you to choose. Remember your “why” and you will know your “way.” Here are 5 steps to help you find your word for 2018 through reflection, prayer and then, ultimately, action:
- What is the word you want to focus on this year? Start by clearing your mind from the daily clutter. Find a quiet place and enter into prayer.
- In your prayer time consider: 1. What do I need to improve? What areas of my life need to change and why? 2. What’s getting in my way? Is there something in my life that is preventing me from having what I need? 3. Is there anything that needs to go? Sometimes our past holds us back from the future.
- Review the answers to these three questions, then select ONE word – not a sentence that you will focus on this year. One word that will cast a positive vision and be your driving force each and every day this year.
- Remember: a word not lived has no meaning or purpose. To get you thinking, let me share some examples of words that Jon Gordon himself has selected in past years: execute, surrender, pray, still, love, and focus are a few.
- Make your WORD come alive in thought and deed. Keep it visible, share your word with family and friends, check in throughout the year and obtain feedback on your results.
One word can make a difference if you choose to put your word into action. Don’t be another statistic this year and fail with your resolutions. Let your word be your catalyst for clear focus and life-changing action. Daily, pray that God would guide and direct your path to make your word come alive for you. The choice is now yours – take the time to reflect, pray and select your word. One word, one life – make 2018 a year of choice, not chance.
Thoughts to Encourage
- Circumstances are rulers of the faithless.
- What comes easy won’t last long; and what lasts long won’t come easy.