Resolutions or One Word?
I’ll guess the answer is no.
The question is: Do you make New Year’s resolutions?
Not everybody likes yearly resolutions. Occasionally I still make some; I am geared that way (I’m an Upholder; take Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies quiz to identify your tendency).
Instead of yearly resolutions, though, many people (myself included) choose One Word for the year.
If you’d like to choose One Word, but need some guidance in picking the right word, here are 3 steps to choose the word for you, along with a list of suggested words.
3 Steps to Choose the Right Word
As I’ve shared in the past (and since revised), try the acronym LAP to narrow down your word as we prepare for another lap around the globe.
Your word need not be something you sweat about digging up, but rather something you notice and receive.
- Are you hearing repetitive messages with similar themes?
- Is a particular song or scripture touching you deeply?
- Is there a struggle you want to overcome?
God can work through any avenue. Listen for his message through circumstances, relationships, inner dialogue. Stay aware for his wisdom.
Don’t overthink it. Accept what comes without having to understand it fully. God will reveal more when the time is right.
Narrow your focus.
As you hone in on a general direction, break it down to a smaller chunk. It’s better to give your full attention to one main word or concept than be distracted by a hundred little resolutions.
Be attentive to one word at a time. Does it feel small enough to manage? Does it feel big enough to inspire you?
Your One Word choice doesn’t have to be profound or complex. It doesn’t have to be the key to solving all problems for all time.
Keep it simple and relevant to this season of your life.
Your One Word is a step for now, not the complete journey for all time.
To further identify your word, decide why you want to choose One Word.
Maybe you want something you can take action on, like REBUILD. Or something to pray about through the year, like PEACE. Maybe you want to work on a weak area (TRANSFORM), or celebrate a strength (THANKFUL).
Identifying your purpose can help narrow down your word, and even help you decide whether you want to frame it as a noun or a verb.
Once you know your purpose, you can then move forward to create a working plan for ways you want to live out your word and practice it throughout the coming year.
- Some people create four mini-goals with their word, one for each quarter of the year.
- Or put them on a sticky note where they’ll see them every day.
- I gather a stack of books about my word to read throughout the year.
Hold It Loosely
Yet at the same time, release expectations of where your One Word will take you.
Let go of specific outcomes. God will work in ways you could never predict.
Just know this: God will honor your intentions to grow through your word. Trust God’s grace to come alongside you, whichever word you choose.
Then embed your word into one situation at a time, one day at a time, one relationship at a time.
One is enough.
Have you chosen One Word in the past? Do you have One Word yet for 2022? Do you repeat words?
If you’d like company on your One Word journey, find details here about joining a group.
If you’re ready to sign up now, join our One Word 2022 community here. (Already in our 2021 group? No need to sign up again).
Need some suggestions for choosing your One Word? Here’s the list of One Words from our One Word 2021 community.
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