The Solution for Resolutions in 2019

We are past the halfway mark in January and I have one question to ask. How are you doing on the goals and resolutions you may have decided on January 1st? If you are anything like me, I get about 10 days into it and then I completely and utterly fail. I feel guilty and determine to start again, only to find myself giving up before I am even into the second month. Do I hear any takers out there? Am I all alone on this?

The beginning of the year is often is a chance to reflect and make some changes and many of us chart out goals and resolutions but let me tell you why I prefer to choose “one word” rather than make resolutions because resolutions don’t seem to work for me.

I don’t know who started the trend but choosing a “one word” has caught on like fire and it has given purpose and direction for those of us who have abandoned the resolution making. Facebook and Twitter are strewn with others sharing their chosen word for the year and it is inspiring to read.

Choosing one word for me has been about “being” rather than “doing.”

When I make resolutions it becomes more about doing than creating a momentum of the purpose of who I hope to be. I’ve been a human doing rather than a human being more than I’d like to admit.

My one word has become not just a theme for the year but also a pilgrimage. God has surprised me many times as I’ve watched the word we’ve chosen together come to life and intersect with my journey.

You might be thinking, how do I choose just “one word” for the year?

Authors Mike Ashcraft & Rachel Olsen, authors of the book My One Word: Change Your Life With Just One Word give three simple steps which I encourage you to review. This will help you get started.

In brief, this what Mike and Rachel said:

Step One

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 this year. 

Step Two

Identify the characteristics of that person
Get a picture of that person and then simply identify their major characteristics. What are the qualities of the person you want to become?

Step Three

Pick a word
Once you have a list of the characteristics, simply pick a word. There might be fifteen things that you want to change, but you must resist the temptation to promise you will do them all. Instead, simply commit to ONE WORD.
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As I approach each year, I add two more elements to the above steps that the authors suggest.

PRAY and choose a SCRIPTURE.

Ask God to reveal a word to you and a verse to reflect on throughout the year.

Remember, choosing a word is not meant to be forced. Ask God what kind of person he is asking you to be in 2019. Be ready to receive your “one word” from him and embrace it.

I have a freebie you can download, LiveBoldOneWordWorksheet. This is the same worksheet that I shared in the Live Bold Series Community a few weeks ago and is a combo of things I’ve learned along the way.  Chances are some of you still might be thinking about what you’d like to do for 2019. And I hope it is an encouragement to you.

I am now ready for my big “one word” reveal for 2019.


This year God whispered to me sometime in mid-December the word,


As I worked and prayed through the steps above, the word settled and resonated that this is to be my word for 2019.  I will be sharing more later on this, but for now, I am embracing this word wholeheartedly and trusting God to drive the meaning further into my soul.

Please don’t feel because we are rolling into the 3rd week of January that you’ve failed because you don’t have your “one word” just yet if this has been a practice. Some years I have it right at the beginning of the year and others it has come in January. The point is, relax, ask God, pray and trust him to speak to you.

Be sure and check out the book, My One Word: Change Your Life With Just One Word for greater depth and insight into crafting your original “one word.”

I’d love to hear your “one word” in the comments or pop on over to our Live Bold Series Group on Facebook and join in on the discussion.

My One Word for 2016




1. (of a person, action, or idea) showing an ability to take risks; confident and courageous.

This is my one word I am declaring for 2016.

It’s taken me a few weeks to narrow it down but it’s finally settled and my one word for 2016 will be BOLD. Notice that the definition states it is an adjective and an adjective by definition is a descriptive word that names an attribute or is associated with a noun.

My tag on my personal website is Live Bold~Leave a Legacy. As I was reflecting the last few weeks of 2015 and into 2016, I realized that I needed to unpack that phrase more seriously if that is an attribute that I choose to live by.

But you know how it is, I wanted to be sure. So I made a list, a short list mind you of other words that had been running across the radar screen of my mind.

Then I prayed.

The more I talked to God about it, the more I realized I needed to just be bold in choosing this word.


Because I am a big chicken and I am afraid of just exactly what God might ask me to do or say at some point if I make this my one word for 2016.

I want to know the why and how and when and who and and get a full on explanation…get the picture? I like to know ahead of time. I like to be in control (hopeless I realize, I am dealing with God!) and I am not big on surprises. But I have a sneaky suspicion that God wants me to be bold, courageous and take a risk in embracing this as my one word for 2016. Funny, that is just what the word bold means. Go figure!

I have no clue as to what it will look like for me, but it is and will become my one word of focus because I am leaning in. I have learned (and learning) that it’s better to surrender when God whispers gently to me about something I need to follow through with… or else. I don’t want to learn the hard way what the “or else” could be. Besides, I can’t turn back now because I am sharing it with you!

I actually started choosing one word for each year decades ago. It went well for several years and then I missed a few here and there with some big gaps. The last few years that I have practiced this very simple but profound exercise has impacted me in ways that are beyond my imagination. It always, and I say always, surprises me (in a good way) what God does in and through this choosing of one word.

I am a little late to the party here in January of new starts, new thoughts, new themes and new ideas that have been floating around Facebook, Twitter and the blogging world. But I wanted to be certain and be sure. So between now and the beginning of February in this blog I am going to try and sort out just exactly what it looks like to Live Bold in jumpstarting this new year. And I might be inclined to add the rest of my tagline Leave a Legacy. Stay tuned.

I’ve been searching for all the words and similarities in the Bible on boldness and I am starting with this one today. If you are looking for an extra shot of strength, hang on to this….

On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul. Psalm 138:3.

That’s what I want Jesus, to be bold with strength in my core, my soul, my heart and my being.

So what is your one word for 2016?

Take your time, don’t rush. God has a word for you, I am believing for you. Please share I’d love to hear it!