Don’t Make a Resolution; Find a Word
What if one word could transform your life?
I don’t blame you if you’ve stopped making resolutions. You’re busy enough and the last ones didn’t work.
One Facebook contributor summed up the challenge of personal change when she wrote, “Successful personal change requires a lot of hard work!”
Plus, you’re already maxed out. But…
Do you have room for one word?
More powerful than resolutions:
You don’t need a list of resolutions. You need, “One Word That Will Change Your Life.”
Dan Britton and Jimmy Page have practiced and taught one word since 1999. They shared the idea with Jon Gordon a few years ago. One word always works. It may not deliver what you expect. It usually delivers more.
Choose one word that embodies the essence of life for 2014 and let it speak to you everywhere you go. The possibilities are endless.
People have chosen: Love, Discipline, Rest, Integrity, Smile, Finish, Kindness, Joy, Patience.
Your word in three easy steps:
First, look in by finding silence and asking three questions.
- What do I need?
- What’s in my way?
- What needs to go?
Find your why:
“The why is always more important than the what.”
From, One Word.
Second, look up by asking God for your word and listening. Don’t stress about your word. Receive it from your maker.
Third, look out by living out your word everywhere you go. But, look out, because one word isn’t predictable. It surprises.
“Don’t check the box; experience the journey.”
From, One Word
Tip: Keep your word front and center everyday.
Go here for a free One Word ACTION PLAN.
*fierce* that’s who I want to be now. That’s all I need to be, and I’m more than ready for that. Just fierce.
Thank Sharon. I love that word.
curious about the one word
Thanks Ryan. Curios would be a great word
Happy New Year Don.
let’s rock the new year…
This just in……………
SP Don, Curios, Blob what not enough java jolt today folks? hehe
to many error i made. sorry.
Spellcheck rec from SP…crack me up!!! 😉
Previous to reading this posting, I had already decided that in 2014 I would strive for happiness. I like the idea of keeping that word front and center each day, and think that might help me to take steps to achieve more happiness in my life. Thanks for this affirmation!
Someone said “progress equals happiness”. Good luck!
In my position as a college basketball coach, my one word is INFLUENCE-could have been IMPACT. Sure, we want to win but more important is INFLUENCING our players by example and with life lessons that will carry them further than the 94×50.
Here’s to influence!
Onward. Normally I have a two word mantra : forward motion, but since I can only have one I will adjust for this;)
I love this post. I had a recent conversation about the 1 word for the new year and I was having a hard time finding my word. Your post made the process clearer and I think I will have found the “energy” for 2014.
This blob post in one word:
You said BLOB!!!!!!!!!! How funny is DAT?
For myself, I have been shifting between options for a single word. Adam Grant’s message about the power of giving (for energy, motivation, powerful impact, etc.) has really resonated with me and is teaching me a lot about who I am and why I find passion in certain actions, words or thoughts.
So my word should be “Giving” to keep me focused on my root mindset.
Excellent advice. One word, one action. Peace
My word for 2014 is “stewardship”.
The organization I serve, the people in it, the families of those people, the clients, the suppliers, my own family, my friends – all are investments made in me from my Creator for our common good.
I have been given people, things, time, health, resources and more. They are not mine to use, but mine to tend for their owner, much like the Steward of Gondor in Lord of the Rings.
To me, steward leadership is like servant leadership, but the Master is not those I serve daily, but the One who owns us all. Stewardship therefore demands a long view, one with eternity in it, while leading day to day.
Stewards are above all accountable. That is my purpose – to be measured and found faithful.
See one word!!!!!!!!!!!
SP back to greasing the wheels on the OXYTOCINGENERATINGMACHINE!
lack o’ spacing does not a single word make…Yoda
Lol I tried!!!
There is no trying, do or not do…Yoda again
This will consume my thoughts all day now.
Me, too. 🙂
Another great post. “potential” is my word.
this is a really interesting piece. If I have two words, will a hyphen count ? I will think through this today before the new year hits.
Thanks for these posts – I find them insightful and useful.
I think my word for next year will be Purposeful. This will remind me to “begin with the end in mind,” in my undertakings, for one thing. To make sure that I have “thought through” what I am trying to accomplish, and am choosing the correct course of action to get me there; that I am being thoughtful and intentional in thought, word, and deed. More importantly though, in a larger sense, Purposeful means to seek purpose and meaning in all of my endeavors. Both of these ideas will serve me better than a laundry list of resolutions that I won’t stick to…Thanks for a thought provoking post to end the year!
Thank you! Great article – I love goals and resolutions. It is like pulling teeth though to generate the excitement and passion I feel for making true progress. One word is not asking too much.
Better. I’m currently faced with diminishing resources and challenges in maintaining morale when cuts are on the way. The message I’ve been preaching to my team is that we need to continually strive to get better in order to remain competitive.
Purpose. That’s my word, my focus, my actions, for the new year. And thanks, Dan, for an inspiring and challenging 2013 through your writing.
My word would be ”determination” I am unfortunately a procrastinator far to many times.
Consistent. Always a struggle. Thanks for your posts
Mark Paterson in Zimbabwe
Increase. Not just in finances or health. More importantly I want my wisdom and understanding to increase. My gratitude towards relationships God has put in my life for me to learn from. My humility to accept and recieve what God has given me instead of looking for more. Thanks Dan
Discipline – Most goals are achievable if you have the discipline to stay focused and do the work that is necessary.
I leaning towards this word too. Though I really want a word that means “don’t delay” and is an action word.
My one word this year is Serendipity. In addition to opening myself to good fortune, it also creates a sense of gleeful expectation.
Determined – Determined to live my life right and as a result do my job correctly while filtering out all of the extraneous interference.
last year it was “simple”… this coming year it is “courageous”… Quite a change…but, it’s what I felt led too…
As cheesy as it sounds and as uncomfortable as it makes me feel in its self-important-sounding cheesiness, I cannot get away from “luminary.” It’s been dogging me for a month. Surely something broken that is lit from within.
Great tip. Actual a message / word found me about a month ago. The word is “extraordinary” taken from this message.
It is worth watching.
Being conscious of every decision one makes, I began to realize, how many decision we actually make in a day, how many decision we make because of habit, and how many decision change when thinking about trying to be “extraordinary”. Just starting with the small decisions such interaction with family members and decision about how to use your time around the home.
I have begun training for a 200 km kayak marathon which I would have not even considered before. I do not care about winning, just the journey to finish the race, the health training, and the new people I will meet. I find I approach people differently, I am more mindful and I find I am more present. These are few more examples the transformation I have noticed. It has been 20 days since I have started this method and I am hoping after 90 days, the discipline will become the new habit in my life.
I wish everyone a Safe and Happy New Year.
A great blog. Thank you for tips. I look forward to more in 2014.
One word? Consider!
With all the technology available to us today, we must never forget to take a moment to pause and “consider”.
Actually I am going to change my word to ”procrastination” this is what I am now, this is what I need to change.
How about Anti-procrastination?
That sounds good. Perfect.
one word – integrity
My word will be ‘up’. Look up from where we are, trade up from what’s good to what’s better, lift up the people around me, keep our chin up if we encounter a problem.
Dan and all community, I wish you great peace, joy and health for this 2014. The prosperity, you have to make yourselves
What about these “ups”. Ha ha. Enjoy.
that’s very funny, thanks for the laugh, Mike! 😀
gratitude – I want to be more present and have a more grateful heart 🙂
Your posts are always insightful. Like you – I’ve stopped making resolutions. I went with 3 action words instead – what do I want to stop doing, start doing and keep doing. Everything I do must be a reflection of these 3 words or I don’t do it. I tried this technique last year and it worked for me.
My one word? REGARD. I am trying to find the opposite of oblivion, because even though oblivion is a very nice and safe place to be, REGARD allows you to consider others in every aspect of their being.
My word is Despite. I have been through a lot in 2013 but always seek to use my personal unfortunate situations to find ways to better others through what I’ve learned in my experiences. 2014 will continue down the same path and I need to remain steadfast and optimistic despite the constant onslaught of deception and manipulation. We ultimately choose what we do with the situations that we are handed and should move forward with integrity despite the external force. Use that external force to gain momentum in a positive way, not a negative way in which it was intended by the aggressor.
Today-stop procrastinating and stop worrying about what has to be done tomorrow. Don’t let the “big picture” overwhelm you. Focus on giving it your all today and right now.
Good word! Full of both presence, and action
Thanks for this simple, meaningful exercise. My word for 2014 is ‘Present.’ I want to be present within my life, not just going through the motions. Especially with the people that I care about, both personally and professionally. My intention is that by being present I will be able to answer your three questions posed, What do I need? What is in my way? What needs to go?
My very best wishes to you for 2014!
Happy. Do what makes me happy. Do what makes others happy. Be happy.
Happiness! The procrastination comment was funny though!
Serenity. Find that inner peace, and center yourself in God.
Serenity-great movie too…sci-fi, stresses team/family, well written, well acted… 😉
I like this idea!
Clean – eat better, limit the “bad actors” I put into my body, simplify and reduce clutter in my office, projects, business, life and mind.
David wolfe. Google away!!!
Like the post….not sure what my word is yet, need some silence first.
Space! The magic ingredient of freedom and perspective for me!
“Decisive” Making the best well informed decision and moving on to the next task not looking back or second guessing the initial decision.
“believe” will be my word for 2014
My word for 2014- “Discipline”… To seize every moment in 2014 to be Spiritually, Relationally, Physically healthy-
Balance. Create the balance between work and play.
My word is SIMPLIFY – I have a lot of crap going on, literally and figuratively, that gets in the way… I have been working towards this for the last month or so and am going to kick it up a level in the new year!
My word is “faith” to encompass that it will all work out in the end.
My word for 2014 is ‘Achieve’. Looking forward to accomplish my perpetual goals in professional and personal fronts with the required focus & smart efforts.
My daily prayers can help me to make everyday different with the day’s progress towards my immediate goals.
Will prefer to go with small achievements which will keep me encouraged and happy all the time.
Love this concept! I recently read an article about choosing a theme instead of resolutions. One word can become that theme. I am excited to explore further and reflect to choose my word.
I was going to put faith but then I think the better word being God. It all revolves around him.
My word is “Love” – specifically toward myself and to infuse throughout my life and leadership…the more I sit with it, the more challenging – and right – it feels!! Thanks for another great post!
I love this post! Here’s what I wrote a few days ago after reflecting on this very topic:
“So last night I walked & debated between ‘free’ and ‘transform,’ after having spent some time in the morning reflecting on the relationship between God transforming me by changing the way I think, and my intense desire for increased wisdom. Ultimately I decided that I could experience freedom without transformation, but not the reverse, meaning that ‘free’ was more foundational, and therefore of greater value in shaping my life in the coming year.”
What a wonderful idea! It seems a lot less overwhelming than writing a long list of goals. I want to read their book!!
Third year using the One Word principle, powerful and effective!
This is a timely post. My wife did one word last year (intentional) and asked me to join her this year. Now I just have to be still…
So, it came pretty quickly. Earlier this week, YouVersion sent out an infographic about picking one verse for the new year. The #7 most shared Bible verse from 2013 is Ephesians 5:25, “Husbands, love your wives. Love them just as Christ loved the church. He gave himself up for her.” I just opened the YouVersion Bible app and the chapter for today was I Corinthians 13, which includes the love is patient passage. #SubtleLikeA2X4
So my word for 2014 is love.
My word for 2014 is “renew”. My mom and aunt died this year from cancer and I want to renew my mind, body and spirit.
I have done the 1 word in the past and it transformed my life. In the past I did “joy” and to this day people ask me how do I find “joy” with the trials in life. Joy is such a gift from the Lord.
Great article that is what The Lord has been saying to me , one word and live by it for the entire year ,bad times or good. Walk it out don’t talk about it.
Thanks for the insightful post Dan.
For years, I have been forming and collecting information, ideas, stories, and the like. Throughout 2014, I will focus on SHARING.
Best to you!
My word is ‘Respect’. I want to give more of it to my students by remembering better what it was like not to know and not to understand.
My first thought was “oh, no I can’t do that” and then like magic the word “faithful” came to my mind and now I can’t get it out. So that’s going to be the one for me in 2014. Thanks for the exercise and Happy New Year all!
I like the idea of one word. Last year it was vision. This year I think it’s action. Happy New Year Dan!
My word is partnership. Personal and professional.
My 1 word: Gratitude
learn. this must always happen continuously!
One Word will be an excellent way to approach an annual resolutions/goal setting activity I do with my staff. Combining our annual resolutions with power of just one word will create far more introspection (and likely lead to greater improvement). Thanks for the idea, Dan!
“Sabbath” I need planned, regular days of being ‘unplugged’ and tuned in to things that revitalize my soul, my spirit and my body.
Wow! It’s only 10:35 and I’m already down to the 100th comment, I think. Thanks for this process. I am going to try it. It’s doable.
Hi, Dan – as always, your questions to us are both challenging and thoughtful.
I scanned the previous responses and many fine words are being shared. This was somewhat difficult for me to do, since I prefer to always use more words than necessary:) Staying with just one word also reduces options in case a better word comes along, which reflects my attention deficit disorder (or as the wife says “why can’t you just settle down?”).
After some thought, I choose “Insight” because this includes elements of focus, reflection, and mindfulness.
Interested in learning how to really keep this word foremost for an entire year:)
My one word is Leverage. I need to apply all of my various types of capital(mental,emotional,financial,spiritual,physical) in the most high leverage ways possible. The challenge is shunning low leverage (and no leverage) activities, tasks, people, commitments and habits. In short, applying my best efforts to high leverage activities will yield what I expect and deserve.
Dan, I am so tired of New Year’s Resolutions. The concept of ONE WORD resonates with me. I’m definitely going to give it my best in 2014.
I checked out the Britton/Page site and found it helpful.
I’m game for reading more and learning more about the concept.
lead–I am now in a place where I am leading a movement and I need to step up to the plate and lead.
Appreciation… Of those I work with for what they do and what they teach me. Of those I love for their patience with me. Of life and how lucky I am. Of faith for helping and healing.
Thank you all for the inspiration, Happy New Year!
I’m thinking about the word expansive–meaning think bigger. The idea of 1 word is very powerful. Thanks for this post!
Acceptance. Thanks for this, it’s a wonderful idea.
One Word looks like a great book.
Immerse. 2014 finds me transitioning to a new company, with new people and new challenges. I look forward to being immersed in their culture and clients, while not letting my responsibilities as a husband and father to two little girls slide. It will be a renewed chance to “be there” and fully immersed wherever I am.
Thanks for this post. It really clicked with me.
Love this concept! I chose “Adventure” as my one word for 2014!!!
Hi Dan, celebrating Thirty four years of Wed’d-Bliss today. (OUT TO LUNCH) DBL Cheer’s
Vulnerability. Thank you Brene Brown in teaching me how important this is to making connections and being authentic with others. 🙂
Simple is always better.
Unless it’s too simple.
(Inspired by Einstein)
Love this concept! I chose ‘Adventure’ as my word for 2014! Going to Haiti, Ireland, London, Paris, and Rome!
Gratitude…Live 2014 with an attitude of gratitude and you will find you have more and more to be grateful for.
“Dreams” set your goals off of dreams then set out to achieve them!
My word: START
Grit and/or fortitude. A tough year ahead personally & professionally but know I will get through with love.
Hey Dan, my one word is “intentional.” It is easy to just drift but in order to make progress I need to be intentional in all areas of my life (family, spiritual, career, physical and financial). Thanks, Joshua
Breathe – Too often I rush through a process, a moment, a decision.
“Experience” life, love, others, beauty. I constantly gain experience and grow from it!
My word came to me in a dream… Very neat that I saw this word appear multiple times- I think it was a sign!
Looking forward to God directing me to my One Word for 2014
Freedom is my word. It resonates on so many levels and I already feel a bit more free having declared this my 2014 word. I appreciate how you partner with others. You did it with readitfor.me earlier in the year and now with One Word.
Loved the idea used with school faculty. I had my teachers participate and it was a great thing! Wish I could share my word art with you! Thank you for your inspiration.
My Word is Wellbeing…..
the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.
Thanks for sharing the background questions to help someone find the most fitting One Word! I’ve been very intrigued by what I’ve read about the concept over the past year.
My one word is SUCCESS. Success as a father, as a follower, and as a businessman
focus (the can-do gets distracted)
I want a copy of this book. I put it on my Amazon wish list waiting for extra cash to appear. 🙂 I’ve been thinking about my word and “commitment” keeps popping up in my head. Not sure why yet though. Take care and happy and blessed new year to you!!
My One Word… 2013 was courage; 2014 will be FOCUS!
“Patience” a word we need more of.
Happy New Year to all!
This one word sounds so melodic & soothing.
Purpose…my word for 2014.
My one is “courage” for 2014.
I think my word for the year is actually Change. Change my way of thinking, prepare to change my career path, change the way I’ve done things in the past that don’t produce change. Change eating patterns, exercise patterns. Change change change.
Far too many times we find ourselves aimlessly wandering. Purposeful is my one word.
I think I will choose the word “adventure” since I will be semi-retiring this year and moving to another city in another Province and I will be meeting new people and looking for some part time employment. Just not sure what. I think I need to see it as an adventure rather than be worried about the future.
Have a Happy New Year:)
While I have not read the book yet and would like to get a free copy (wink, wink), I am embracing One Word for 2014. My word for 2014 is BELIEVE.
One word is usually what I get in impressions from God for a season of life. In this season it’s one word but several personal implications. That word is MOVE! “Move” because this first quarter our family will be transitioning to our next ministry assignment. “Move” because physically I need to exercise-keep moving! “Move” because mentally, emotionally & spiritually I need to move ahead-forward!
Thanks for the good WORD for 2014! MOVING… Allen
Accountable came to mind immediately. Thanks for sharing this concept. I’d love to read more.
Really would like to read this book. Was referred to your material by a friend and so far have been very impressed.
Change is my word for the year. It will be a year of changing mind set, nutrition, career, and more.
I just love the innocent child like intelligent thought behind this post . My one word for 2014 will be : Execution
Permission: as in stop waiting for permission to take action. I give myself permission to jump in and create. I hope to teach my students the same in 2014.
My OneWord for 2014…Peace.
“TRUST!” Great exercise! Thank you!
Great site. People don’t keep resolutions but your idea of one word to focus on for the year is fantastic!.. My word is perseverance. Please pray for me to persevere in 2014 no matter what I face.
May God richly bless you this year! Thanks,
Influence. … influence causes change in current situations. It drives people to move rather than remain stuck
My one word: simplify!
My word is Courage.
I can see how the simplicity of one word could make a difference in my life in the coming year…
Intentional – that is my one word…need to take control of my life, goals and future, than simply responding to what life throws at me.
I like this idea! Thanks for posting this. Still thinking of my word for 2014 and wil be sharing this idea with others.
My word would be a spanish one “garra” which could be translated to guts, determination, willingness to confront your obstacles with unyielding determination (so many words to explain one single, simple word, hehehe!)
Influence-at home, work, church.
“Journey” is my word for 2014. I am always caught up in the destination. This will be hard for me, but at least I’ve got to try!
My word is ‘Yes’. I want to be open to more ideas, things, people etc.
I want to reconnect with my “why” so I can move out of fear and into action and life. Thanks for these great reminders.
“IMPACT”- to positively impact the lives of peers and subordinates
My word for 2014 is FOCUS. I’m very excited and motivated to set and achieve my goals with this one word.
Perseverance. The ability to “pull the trigger”, implement, move forward, progress – and put the procrastination away. THis is a really compelling idea Dan …. and hopefullyI made the cut out here on the West Coast!
This is a great exercise, and the words are thought provoking. For me in 2014, I need to be more understanding and to keep a sense of:
humor, is my word.
My word is strong.
I seek strength in all aspects of my life.
I will be stronger with my physical goals.
I will be stronger with family. I will be stronger at work.
Strength is both a physical and mental attribute.
** “Yes!” **
The One Word: Gratitude. Live it. Then, you will BE it.
Stop. As in – stop saying “yes” all the time, stop doubting yourself, stop letting work define you, stop and pause before you speak….
Sounds like an amazing, transformative book.
It’s funny how the smallest and simplest ideas can have the largest and most profound impacts.
Holiness is my one word. It involves the completion in all parts of the human being. As the Holy Spirit rebuilds you to the depths of your being… Jack Hayford.
If I work toward holiness I will not need to make New Year’s resolutions.
Great way to set the course for 2014 – am thinking/praying on this today!
Make it a perfect 2014!
As a benefits and wellness coordinator, my word for 2014 is, impact.
I serve, equip, & educate my organization – to impact.
I’m alittle bit introverted and relationships have always been a challenge to keep with more than a few people. Nothing bad, just staying connected is the challenge. My word for 2014 is ~Connection~. You cant lead ppl without influence, and without a good connection, influence is difficult.
My word is “wonder.” I want to regain my wonder in life, and especially my wonder of God. I have a feeling this would influence every area of life – my marriage, my home, my job, my attitudes, and most certainly, my spiritual awareness. It may not be a perfect 2014, but if I “wonder” well, how can it not be special? Thanks for this concept, Dan. I stopped making resolutions years ago. I just choose a word theme and ask reflection questions to be sure I’m still on target with my priorities.
Obstinate! Not to the point of pig-headedness but more with a “stick to your guns” type attitude.
I think concentration would be my word…
But Dan, your blog says 300 words or less…just one word!!!! Arrgh. Nope, wait not that….how bout alignment…nope, um, er, sandpaper (create friction for positive change), nope…how bout..savor…no, good, but not quite…sensing…as in senses sing..no, need something better…realize…as in real eyes….no, okay final answer…
or for you analogians…Symphonize… 😉
Here’s to an excellent 2014, thanks Dan and LF for a very motivating 2013!! (wait,…maybe I should use motivate….)
Oh my!! You’re giving me an identity crisis!!
I think your word should be NICE. Perhaps spoken with a bit of attitude once in a while. 🙂
This post made me think about a series of posts based on one word.
Thought adding the word….”squirrel!” 😉 Too much coffee today…
Integrity. Being honest and open with myself and others in everything I do.
I’m a school teacher and am looking to incorporate this with my 4th & 5th grade students in January. With a hubby currently out of work, I would be so thankful to receive a copy. I’ve been following many posts on Twitter as this is hitting the educational realm to help empower students within their world.
Urgent! That will be my one word for 2014 🙂
I have two words that I am considering for my one word;
STRENGTH – this is a word that I feel I already embody, however the upcoming year will be a challenging one professionally.
CONFIDENCE- this is an area that I recognize that I need to build within myself.
hmm… perhaps “Focus” or “Presence”
My word is compassionatecommunicatipn
And yes…this will consume my thoughts all day, and each day, until I embody serenity and it is no longer a thought, but an integrated action
One word: TRUE
Be true and honest with yourself and everything else will be ok!
My word…confidence… In myself but also in those I work with
Dan – love the posts – read them every day and always find insights for my development and that I share with my leadership team (the sword that cuts both ways). You should check out Alex Sheen and his NP “Because I Said I Would” – read about him in a SWA article – his thoughts about resolutions are transformative as well….
From your post today – Fearless
I really enjoyed the Energy Bus by Jon Gordon. One Word is definitely one I want to read. I do believe one word can change your life and have a positive influence.
This seems like something that Id like to try. Already thinking of what my word might be….
Going with APPRECIATION. I started with gratitude – to God and to others – but appreciation seems to move in the direction of not only being grateful, but showing it in various ways. Appreciation leads to the kind of beautiful contentment that spurs you to grow and to move ahead in joy rather than fear or a sense of need.
It is amazing to believe how much “One word” can really impact your life and change everything. I’d love to read the entire book
Thank you for your inspiration!
I would choose my world for 2014 – peace.
Happy New Year!
SAVOR – It doesn’t matter how many good people, moments and things I have got in my life… Until I realize how blessed I am, until I feel grateful for all that comes and until I don’t take in the good… It seems that is never enough… So the word for me this 2014 is SAVOR … savor every moment :). Cheers!!!
Thanks Dan, for all the value you add to our lives. You are an inspiration. 🙂
ONE WORD: Confident!!!
ONE SCRIPTURE: “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
ONE QUOTE: “Confidence comes naturally with success, but success comes only to those who are confident.” (Bakedgoodz.tumblr)
My word: “deliberate.” As in, acting in a thoughtful and intentional manner, being proactive instead of reactive, etc. Applies to every area of life.
Fully. That is my word for 2014.
This word encompasses my goal to give 100% to what is important to me. I will love fully. I will be spontaneous when possible. I will fully commit to my aspirations.
Thank you for the great articles!
Thanks for posting this idea and this book
I have given all my copies to my clients! They loved it!
My word is “Health” and applied to all facets of my life
Thanks for all you posts and thoughts in 2013, looking forward to being provoked by your posts in 2014
Happy New Year
JOY – joy in learning, joy in sharing, joy in being, just JOY! I want to live it, create it, find it, instigate it and bring it everywhere with me.
Happy and JOY-filled New Year!
Freedom- to walk in His fullness, to be all He created me to be ,to be myself,to walk my own journey,live in His promises,to not be afraid ( & I’m sure as that freedom comes I will be free in do many other ways )
My word is HEALING. For the world, my family, friends and myself … Thanks Dan for this beautiful initiative!
NOW……as in do it now, finish it now, say it now
My word is “hope”.
‘Habit’ would be my word. Something I can work on and influence my life/projects/tasks. With a little one on the way and tons of projects/goals in mind, appropriate habits will become very important.
Thank you for a great post!
I received an email from a friend with this link attached and I know it was really heaven sent. My oldest son is struggling right now with social phobia, depression and his academics are suffering as a result. I know I need one word, but I feel like he needs one word even more. He doesn’t believe in himself and its heart wrenching to watch. I always say faith not fear and my wish is that he leans in more to his faith than to his faith.
If I am meant to receive this book I will, if not I love the message and will follow through with the principles.
Definitely go out and check with friends, coworkers, others and see has gotten help with the phobia and depression, there are very competent and caring folks out there doing phenom work helping people get back on track. (You might be amazed how many of your friends/others have family members dealing with similar issues, way more common than known.) The first person you interview may or may not ‘click’ with your son, do keep looking. Good luck!
Dan this one word is so simple but yet so powerful… Thanks for sharing this.
Act – because actions move fear, change… and mountains.
Believe – in myself and in others. If every day is really a new day then we start with the positive today I can ….. , I am able …. and others are too.
I like “opportunity”. I want to recognize all those moments personally and professionally where I can achieve my “purpose” and fulfill “potential” (my other choices but could only pick). Recognizing all opportunities should allow me to achieve optimal “balance” in all areas of life.
Danno—you have gotten so many responses, you ran out of white space formatting on your blog! Woot woot!! Great way to wrap up a year, eh!
Everything that happens to us is mostly attracted by us, so my word will be” accountability”
This is a brilliant idea. My word is emerge. This year, I long to emerge into life fully and become who I was meant to be all along.
My word is “pray”
My word is….growth.
It feels like I did not do much of that in any area of my life in 2013
Loving the post, just purchased the book on audible
OneWord is sensational and my golf team at St. John’s University in NY uses this concept and it has helped our team play better and be more organized. Team chemistry +++
I’m thinking my word will be either believe or strong. Great blog by the way.
change is the word I have in mind but then….Obama had that in mind 2….gotta think another word faster
Starting a new business to create organic CBD-charged cold-pressed juices.
This will be a great book to use with my teaching staff at school. This will provide the laser focus we need to impact the lives of our learners.
“Action” is my one word for 2014! Bring on the new year, I’m excited!
Persevere!! Never give up, stay the course and run the race that is set before you!!!
Competent. Why? No one likes to be lead by incompetent or, in some cases, be around incompetent.
Faith is my one word
As in the present moment. It seems most people consume their thoughts and energy on the past and/or future. If we were to use that energy during the present moment we’d be happier; less edgy, anxious, neglectful, resentful… etc. etc. Of course much easier said than done but practice makes perfect.
However, I’m not fond of the word and idea of “perfect,” but ya get my drift. 🙂
Patient is my word, with myself but mostly with others, especially those most special to me who I tend to be hardest on.
Thanks for the wonderful blogs
Now that I have ruminated about this word question all day, I have to say, “FREE.” I reflected on the questions in a reverse order – Why do I need to let go of… and get … out of my way? Answering the questions this way easily led me to my answer..to be free to move to the next… Thanks for sparking uplifting and positive reflection.
So many commenting here are quickly clear about their choice of word. Good to see that their direction is already heartfelt enough it only needed verbal simplification!
I am wary of the couple of instances of the word ‘discipline’, though. It has such a punitive air in our culture. How about ‘consistency’ instead?
Last year’s word…. Anyway
Still processing to to find next word.
“Presence” is my word of choice – this year a will always remaind myself that I am walking in Gods Presence all the time and everyday. By remainding myself that God is with me, and by having daily conversations with him I hope to develop a true relationship with him. My relationship with him will be to call upon his presence every time I feel lost, scared or just plain insecure. gods presence will supersede all things all the time. I hope to learn more about Love an giving – these two words are Gods gift to us, and by practicing Love and giving we experience true Favor from God by our own actions.
My word would be “now” .. So glad a came about this article.. Gave me a chance to reflect and go within.. Thank you.
‘ Forgive’ is the right word in order to move on and make amends with the past.
re-structure: This is my word for the new year. This is what is going on inside and around me.
Present! My word is not only being in the present, but being a present to others I come into contact with, daily. Happy New Year and thanks!
One word can change everything! Courageous is my word for the year!!
That’s what it has been about-my journey that is. This year the focus is clear.
It’s why I was born and I will serve like never before.
All my personal struggles and triumphs have been designed for OTHERS and I look forward to giving myself for their sake.
OTHERS are made up of a bunch of phenomenal INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE. I love em!
My word of action in 2014 will be BELIEVE.
Believe in God’s plan for me.
Believe in myself.
Believe in others !
Confidence. Importantly, that embodies self-confidence – not over and above others, but confidence in the success of the team must include confidence in one’s own abilities – not “holier than thou” – but not meeker than thou, either. Being able to stand up to strengthen others on one’s team – and strenthen oneself, even when all alone, even when working on something in the middle of the day or the middle of the night, even if you are your only cheerleader, to be the best da#% cheerleader you can be.
Believe. I need to believe more in myself and my abilities as well as in others’ intentions. The domino effect simply from believing can, indeed, lead to so much change.
I’m trying to decide between believe and another word for 2014. I love your expansion of what the word believe means to you.
I’m my own worst critic (aren’t we all??) and so many people last year encouraged me and gave me that swift kick in the pants when I was frustrated about any personal performance by telling me that I COULD do it and that I WOULD be successful. Instead of harboring self-doubt, this year I’m going to believe in myself.
Initially, I considered faith–for a split second–before I realized that if I believe, when I believe, because I believe I will (and do) have faith. And so it came to be.