By Dan Britton, Jimmy Page and Jon Gordon (2013)
87% of us make New Year’s resolutions every year. While these resolutions are meant to be good and well-intentioned, they are built on a flawed foundation. The most important part of life change is a change of the heart.
The authors discovered that the solution to failed resolutions and unrealized goals, is to find a single word that would be the driving force for the year. No goals. No resolutions. Just One Word! You developed a One world theme for the year, it became a one word vision for everything.
One word creates laser like focus that last. There are 3 steps to provide an easy framework for finding the One Word :
- Prepare your heart by looking in.
- Discover your word by looking up.
- Live your word by looking out.
Prepare your heart : Look in.
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Take the time to sharpen the axe makes the task successful. Detach yourself from the business and stress of life to prepare. Find a place with no distractions or interruptions. Out of silence comes power.
Ask 1) What do I need? 2)What’s in my way? 3)What needs to go?
Too often, we focus so much time on getting our One Word that we miss the real power – the why behind the word. Discovering the why happens when we look at the past, present and future?
Discover your word : Look Up
Prayer should be your first response – not last resort. Get a God word, not just a good word. Boldly ask God for the word; be open and willing to listen for that still, small voice and wait for God to reveal your word to you.
Live your word : Look out
Step outside your comfort zone. You may immediately see some areas of opportunity in which you could improve. That is the low hanging fruit. You may be tempted to think that this is going to be easy. Yet the difficult areas of life change are often revealed later.
First, post your word in prominent places so that you can see it on a regular basis. You can share it with others – you ensure your growth. What gets your attention gets your focus. You don’t win or lose with One Word. Whatever you experience throughout the year, that’s what is meant for you.