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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.
(more info on the authors and their book: www.myoneword.org)

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.

Drumroll…

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

RECAPTURE

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.

Resolutions: When You Blow the First Day of the Year

New Year. New beginnings. New start. New chapter. New Resolutions. This is what the first few days of a new year represents or at least is what we traditionally talk about and think about on the first days of January.

I’ve made some serious strides this past year to move my phone away from arms reach before I go to sleep so that when I wake up in the morning it’s not the first thing I grab to start my day.

It had been ruling my life for too long and I made some intentional choices to make 2016 different. I’ve been doing pretty well and wouldn’t you know it, today the first day of 2017 I failed.

I blew it. I went backwards instead of moving forward.

I couldn’t believe it! I wanted a do-over immediately.

I had left it too close to my bed and I unthinkably made the choice that I didn’t want to. Sigh… it happens.

For several few moments I was berating myself as I talked to God and wondered how I slipped so quickly. I had a flash of genius, and the word GRACE came to mind. I could start again in a moment. Whew! The day could be redeemed, the year can start over. I am grateful.

January often is a chance to reflect and make some changes and many of us chart out goals and resolutions. I’ve preferred for many years now to choose a word rather than make resolutions because as I just demonstrated 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 is strewn with others sharing their chosen word for the year and it is inspiring to read. Choosing a 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 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.

I’ve been thinking for a few weeks about my word for 2017 and have had many conversations with God about it not sure I want to pick this particular word. It challenges my comfort zone and scares me at the same time. I’ve made the decision to go with it because it won’t go away and when I pray it pops up over and over.

The word is (drumroll) DARE!

What I discovered as I intentionally dug into the word DARE the definition is: to have adequate or sufficient courage for any purpose; to be bold or venturesome; not be afraid; to venture. (Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary)

When I mined just a bit deeper, The expression to dare in the Scriptures never has the meaning of “to defy” “to challenge” or “to terrify” It is always found as the translation of tolmao “To manifest courage(International Standard Bible Encylcopedia)

My spirit soared as I read these words and I cross-referenced the many places in the bible “dare” is found. I cling to the thought “to manifest courage.”

I can do this.

DARE can be my one word for the year.

I have many new ventures ahead and am not sure all what or how my one word will cross over, but I am trusting that this is the word God has chosen for me for 2017.

I am confident He will help me “manifest courage” for each assignment. I believe God will empower me as he directs my steps. Right now, that means finishing my second book of which the deadline is creeping up and I am having to dare to make schedule changes and saying no more often to hunker down and write.

To not leave my “one word” out there all alone to take on an ambiguous meaning, I like to choose a Bible verse to punctuate my yearly one word. I’ve been studying 2 Timothy and here’s the encouragement that Paul gives to Timothy in the first chapter.

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

The Message Bible says it this way,

God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible.

That seals it for me. God will help me “manifest courage”

As I dare…

to live intentionally and purposefully.

to grow spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically

to equip and empower others.

to share my faith more in 2017.

to live in humility

to judge less and give more grace

to forgive and be kind and compassionate

to love well

and that I would trust God dare to so much more.

Will you join me and the many others in choosing a word for the year? For inspiration and help you might want to check out oneword365.com It’s a great site to get you going.

I DARE you!!