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One Word Resolution

We are drawing near to the end of the first month of 2021.
Did you make a New Year’s Resolution this year?
How is your New Year’s Resolution going? Now is the time most of us break them.
How do we break the cycle? There has to be a better way.

I did a little digging on the success rate of resolutions and why they fail, and it seems no one has come to the same conclusion.
Except, they agree that most fail. 80 to 92 percent fail.
That’s a large number.

A few years ago, I was introduced to the concept of choosing a word for the year instead of making resolutions. This was a life changer for me.

The concept goes like this. You pick one word that encompasses an ideal you want to work toward and use that word as a focal point in the rest of your goal that year. You explore that word from every angel.
The word is “looked at” in each situation you find yourself in. How does that word fit into your life and each goal made?

For example, this year I chose the word “complete
I’ll look at what it means in everything I do:
In every project takin on at home or at work,
In my health,
In my spiritual life,
In who God is,

This has completely changed the way I view resolutions.
It has become an instigator for change instead of another path to failure.
I can’t fail at a word. I can explore it and see how it fits, but if it doesn’t, then I can fit it somewhere else. When I come to the end of the month, I haven’t failed at a goal, I’ve only seen a new aspect or new perspective that I can learn from.

I can integrate it into my Bible study. I scour the Word for how this word and concept relates to God and my relationship to Him. And in that study, my life changes as I learn more of what God’s character is, and how I need to relate to Him.

I love this method and will continue to use it. I don’t think I’ll ever go back.
I will make life goals and choices.
We all do.
Every day.
But choosing one word gives me a focus I’ve never had before.

Have you every tried this?
I would love to hear your thoughts and successes… or even your defeats?
If you’ve chosen a word for the year, let us know what it is. I would live to see how this wordks for you throughout the year.

2 thoughts on “One Word Resolution

  1. This is a great idea. I have always stayed away from resolution because they have a bad track record, but I like the word idea. My word for this year is “acceptance”. I am not going to engage in the internal struggle any more about why things are the way they are. I’m just going to make the best of each day and be as productive as possible, in spite of this pandemic. All the best to you.

    1. that’s it exactly! I really love this way of making resolutions. It breeds success and takes away the failure. With a resolution, once it is broken, we tend to give up. but with choosing one word, there is no failure, it’s just a matter of learning what the would means and working it into our lives.

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