Resolutions or One Word?

Are you planning your 2018 resolutions?

It’s fairly common for us to think about starting fresh for the new year … however, only a small percentage of people actually come up with resolutions and an even lower percentage keep them.  We do have some common thoughts about what we’d like to change … here are some 2018 resolutions, from a YouGov survey:

  • Eat better
  • Exercise more
  • Spend less money
  • Increase self-care
  • Read more books
  • Learn a new skill
  • Get a new job
  • Make new friends
  • Take up a new hobby
  • Focus on relationships

They sound good … so what’s the issue?  I see a couple of things … they’re

  • Too general
  • Too easy to give up on
  • Too big — not sure where to start

So instead of making New Year’s resolutions that we’re probably not going to keep, let’s try a different approach: a one (or two or three) word theme for 2018

One word to focus on for the year

One word that drives everything you do

One word as a foundation for your decisions

One word to inspire you during the easy times and the hard times

One word to challenge and stretch your during 2018

New Year’s resolutions are supposed to motivate us to improve our lives 

Well, choosing a one word theme for 2018 is an even better way to make positive changes in your life.  Instead of just having an impact on just your eating or exercising, focusing on your one word can produce a huge impact on every aspect of your life.

Ready to leap into figuring out your 2018 word(s)? 

Here are some suggestions:

  • Reflect

Take some time to think about how you lived the last year or two.  Are there any patterns or themes that keep showing up? What changes would have the greatest impact on your life? What words would sum up these ideas?

  • Tap into your faith

Ask God — spend some time in the Bible and see what jumps out at you.  Open your heart and mind and listen intently for inspiration.  When you hear a word, embrace it and go with it — I know I resisted mine a little this week, but I know it’s exactly what I need.

  • Keep it in the forefront

Once you decide on your word, optimize the impact by making sure you see it every time you turn around.  Change the image on your computer desktop … put the word on the background of your phone … stick a note with your word on your bathroom mirror … create an IFTTT message that sends your word to your phone every day … put it wherever you’ll see it the most!

  • Check, check, and re-check

Set up regular times to evaluate how you’re doing at implementing your word.  Ask yourself what impact your word is having on how you’re living your life … how you’re making decisions … and zero in on changes that you can make so your word is making an even great impact.

  • Connect with your community

Don’t keep your word a secret and don’t journey into your 2018 word alone.  Tell the significant people in your life know what you are focusing on and you will have the support you need to live out your word when it becomes a challenge.  Plus, you’ll probably inspire others to find their one word!

If you want to go deeper, check out One Word That Will Change Your Life, by Britton, Page, and Gordon.

My word

I keep hearing “discipline” … I know that’s what I need in my life … so that’s my word for 2018.  Here are the Scriptures that I’m going to memorize and apply to my life:

  • Get the truth and never sell it, also get wisdom, discipline, and good judgment. Proverbs 23:23
  • Lord, your discipline is good, for it leads to life and health.  Isaiah 38:6a
  • discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should.  1 Corinthians 9:27a
  • No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening — it’s painful!  But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.  Hebrews 12:11

Leave a comment and let me know what your 2018 word is!!

Post Christmas & New Years Gift

Even though it’s January, I’d like to take this time and thank you for faithfully following me over the past year.

Plus, I have a gift for you.

The past several posts have been providing you with ideas and tools for making 2017 a successful year.  So to help you even more … I’ve put together the Kick-Butt Planning Guide for 2017. It’s not too late to get going on this.

Fire up those competitive juices and take charge of 2017!

Just click HERE for your free download.

Have a great 2017!!

3 Simple Steps to Maximize Your Most Important Commodity

As we get ready to head into 2017, it’s so important to get a clear picture of three things:

  • Where we’ve been
  • Where we are now
  • Where we’re going

Let me ask you a question … When it comes to building your business or ministry what is your most important commodity?  Did you say that YOU are?   Well you’re right!  You set the tone and direction for your business/ministry.

So that means when you step back and reflect on yourself, both personally and professionally, and zero in on what you’ve done well and what needs to be improved, you can make the needed adjustments and YOU WILL AMPLIFY your effectiveness … AND … as a result, your joy and contentment, too! <smile>

Here is a series of questions to help you take a look at 2016 so you can strategize your 2017 success right now.

Get someplace where you won’t be disturbed for a little while.  Grab something to drink, get your notebook & pen or computer, take a deep breath, and then ask God to reveal what you need to know to get the most out of this exercise.

Now I want you to reflect on your PERSONAL LIFE — spiritual, relationships, personal growth, physical well-being (fitness, food, etc.), emotional health, thought life — and your PROFESSIONAL LIFE — finances, business — business strategy, income, email list building, client numbers, program enrollment, social media strategies.

Choose some areas from the life area list above and think through these questions for each.  Record your thoughts, reflections, and realizations in your notebook or on your computer.

Question 1:  Look BACK

What went well in 2016 in those areas you chose?  What can you have a big party about?  What makes you smile when you look back?  What was the biggest lesson you learned about yourself in 2016?  What ah-ha moment did you have about your business, ministry, or work?

Question 2:  Look at NOW

How satisfied are you with the progress and changes that you made in those areas in 2016?  You might have made great progress in some areas, no progress in others, and then you might even be stuck in others.  Take each of the areas that you chose and rank them 1-5, where 1 is “I’m totally dissatisfied” and 5 is “I couldn’t be happier.”  What are you doing right now that is not getting you the result you want?

Question 3:  Look AHEAD

What changes do you need to make to ensure that 2017 to get the improvements you want in those areas you chose?  Where do you need to make a shift?  What do you need to do to see those things change?

How did you do?  I’d love to hear what discoveries you made — what shifts you’re going to make in 2017 — how you’re planning on kicking your personal and professional life up a notch.

Leave a COMMENT below and let me know.

ACTION STEPS

Once you’ve gone through the exercise it’s time to decide what you’re going to do in 2017.  So let’s talk.  Sign up for a FREE call and we’ll put together some next steps for you.