One Word for the Year
We recently just finished our first full month in 2018. Statistically, by now around half of people who made New Year’s Resolutions have already broken them. Honestly, I haven’t done “official” resolutions for quite some time now, much for that reason. Instead for the past few years, I’ve approached the New Year in a different way. I come up with one word, kind of a theme word, to focus on for the year.
The idea is to come up with a one word vision to focus on for the entire year. I got the idea from a bible devotional that I read on my YouVersion Bible app, called “One Word That Will Change Your Life”. It was a quick, simple 4-day reading plan. “Change your life” was a bit of a dramatic claim. I can’t say I experienced any life-altering evolutions, but subtle changes, yes. I’m a firm believer that lasting change happens little by little anyway. However, it truly did change how I approached the New Year, and my focus truly did last all year as opposed to a fleeting and failing resolution.
How does a person pick their word for the year? Ideally, God will reveal your one word to you as opposed to you just randomly picking one. However, I think that even if you struggle with determining if your “one word” is truly divinely inspired (as I did one year) or even if you just pick a word that seems good, I believe that God will work with that to teach, grow, mold, and change you over the year. Try to listen for God to speak to you about your one word.
How I came up with my one word each year
How to Achieve Your Goals
Now that we’ve discussed the importance of writing goals and how to set SMART goals, I’d like to give you some practical tips and steps to achieve your goals. It’s very easy just to write goals and set them aside, but we won’t be as likely to follow through and achieve our goals unless we take some additional steps. Adding some action steps and some accountability will significantly boost the probability of reaching our goals, dreams and vision for our life. Most people leave these steps out and that is often why people don’t see their goals to completion.
To take the next step to achieve your goals, after you have written your SMART goals (made them Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic/Relevant, & Time-Sensitive), you should establish some specific actions steps (or short-term goals) for each of them. By working toward completing these “mini goals” you will reach that bigger goal and achieve your goals in the long-term. Making and taking smaller action steps is a way to baby step or snowball into a larger accomplishment by taking off bite-sized pieces. Even God does things in steps and stages. He knows that we can be overwhelmed easily, and He directs us in steps and stages to success…little by little.
“The LORD your God will drive out those nations before you, little by little. You will not be allowed to eliminate them all at once, or the wild animals will multiply around you.” Deuteronomy 7:22 (NIV)
“The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” Psalm 37:23 (NLT)
Next, it helps to identify some potential obstacles or barriers that you may come against for each of those goals, and then come up with action steps to overcome and/or prevent some of those obstacles. It’s not a question of “if” you will encounter hurdles, but “when”. Decide ahead of time that you will not let any hindrances stop you or get in your way. You CAN achieve your goals! You are Continue reading