So you’ve decided to choose a specific theme to keep you focused on what’s most important in 2019! Yay! You’re gathering your courage to make this year different, to follow through on your goals, to #liveWILD.
Remember, I define a wild life as one that is built on Wisdom, Identity, Legacy, and Daring. To really #liveWILD, that means you need to know four things:
- how to make wise choices
- who you are as God created you to be
- where you’ve come from (both your treasured heritage, and what you intend to leave behind)
- where you’re going as you move into the future.
These are the essential four components of leaving your wilderness behind and learning to #liveWILD. It’s not an overnight process, it’s the journey of a lifetime. But we’re traveling there together.
Starting that journey, you’re going to define your theme for the new year by stripping all your goals down to just one single word. You want a word that captures the essence of your hopes, dreams, and inspirations for the New Year.
Last year, my phrase was SPEAK OUT. I needed to give myself permission to end my silence on all kinds of things, to stop allowing my desire to please others to overtake my commitment to being open about God’s plan for my life, and to be unvarnished in the message of healing and recovery that I share with others.
This year, my phrase is FAITHFULLY FEARLESS. I may look fearless at an outside glance, but girls… I am not! For me, embracing fearlessness includes an intentional focus on trusting God for his divine protection, provision, and perspective. It means relying on Jesus instead of myself when I’m faced with overwhelming obstacles. It means leaving behind the shaking hands and gnawing stomach when I’m fighting battles beyond my strength — precisely because of relying on faith.
If you’re struggling to choose a word theme, it can be helpful to think of several words or phrases and then pray over them. Ask God where He is leading you this year. What lessons do you most need to learn? Which areas most need your attention? What words might describe the posture of your heart in this upcoming journey?
Here are three reasons to do it this way:
1) One word or phrase invites simplicity.
If we’re brutally honest, part of why New Year’s Resolutions flame out every year is probably because we set too many and aim too high.
There’s something about a brand new year that encourages you to become an overachiever. You want to think you can do it all at once: start a fitness regimen, get a new job, find a great love, get out of debt, eat healthy, spend more time with loved ones, go back to school, and #allthethings.
My job is to remind you to stop kidding yourself. Be realistic. Start with what you can REALLY do well.
Limiting your focus to a single guiding word or phrase brings a sense of simplicity. It means you’re switching mental tracks from rules to principles. Instead of forcing yourself to perform a list of tasks every day and then feeling like a failure when you don’t get it all done, you’re rewiring how you think about your obligations.
Let’s say your word is “authenticity”. With traditional New Year resolutions, you’re obligated to perform a list of tasks. But with an over-arching theme for the year, you now have the freedom to ask yourself with every invitation or situation “Is this an authentic response? Am I telling people what I really think, or am I doing this out of feeling trapped in their expectations?” Then you make a conscientious decision that’s aligned with your goals for the year.
Not only does this approach decrease stress, it also makes it easier to focus. You’re more likely to achieve big things when you’re not feeling pressured to do it all.
2) One word or phrase challenges you to be intentional.
It’s easy to think of resolutions like a dessert bar filled with cakes, candy, cookies, ice cream, and other goodies. You want one of everything, so it’s easy to load up on the things you think you’re supposed to put on your plate.
But who said you can’t flip the script?
What if instead of trying to grab a bite of everything, you just selected one decadent treat? Maybe a creamy dark chocolate ganache cheesecake topped with a sweet cherry glaze or a bowl of down-home comfort peach cobbler?
What if limiting your indulgence actually brought more fulfillment, because it allowed you to embrace the sweetness of now with a single, simple choice?
3) One word or phrase shifts your focus.
It’s easy to fixate on what you don’t like about yourself or your life. For example, if you’re in a bad situation that you can’t change, you may keep throwing around the word “stuck”.
But choosing one word to embrace can shift your focus. What if you used the word “purpose” to remind yourself that there’s a purpose for the situation you’re in? Or what if you chose the phrase “this too shall pass”?
A lot of creative people enjoy choosing a single word to act as focal point. Gretchen Rubin shares the words she and loved ones have used in the past few years on her blog.
You can let others know the word you chose by going to My One Word and posting about your word. You can even browse what words other people are picking for 2019 to give you some inspiration. Regardless of what word you pick, just have fun and enjoy doing it!
Journal Your Thoughts
1. What would you like your one word to be for this year?
2. Why did you choose this particular word?
3. How will you live out your word over the next few months?
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