If you could choose just one word to hold on to throughout all 12 months of 2014, what would it be? What would your focal theme for your life be this year?
As I pondered and prayed over the past few weeks about what my #OneWord365 for next year might be, I think I’ve figured it out.
Let me honest with you. Last year my word was STRIVE. And I did. I strove toward some great goals and made amazing progress in those areas. But I was not highly intentional with every key aspect of my life. So, what does INTENTIONAL look like for me? It can be summed up in two key areas.
INTENTIONAL in my eating patterns – Back in October, I experienced what it was like to really eat healthy foods. It was through the Daniel Fast, a 21-day special fast allowing only a few natural foods. I was able to be successful with this extremely restrictive diet plan. Now it’s time to put some intentionality to work for the long haul. Losing some inches around my waist by eating wiser will increase my self-image, improve my health, and give me more energy.
INTENTIONAL with my time management – This one involves many other pieces. Last year, I learned how to schedule things that led to accomplishing some Spiritual health and physical goals. And it worked. Now that those things have become routine (meaning I no longer have to schedule them), I’m excited to implement this practice with my work in the ministry. In many ways, 2014 will require more faith and intentional time management of me than previous years. This will mean scheduling events on my calendar for personal study, writing, communications, and investing in the lives of my leaders and others around me.
So, what do you do once you have your #OneWord365?
Blog about it. Post it all over social media. Design a graphic for your word, then set it as your desktop on your computer, tablet, and smart phone. And finally, tell others. Letting others know our goals causes us to take them more seriously.
One more thing. In January, schedule times to re-evaluate your progress throughout the year. Select a day and time, about every 3 months, to spend a good hour or two reflecting on your original goals. Put this in your calendar. Set reminders.
What is your #OneWord365?
May 2014 be a year of health, improvement, and inspiration for you. God bless.
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