One Word for 2019

New Year’s resolutions end almost as quickly as they begin. We all feel disappointed in ourselves over the last year, so we come up with lofty goals of what we want to do in the coming year. These range from working out more, to eating healthy, to spending more time with family. These all sound great, but for some reason they are difficult to follow through on for the entire year. If you are lucky you can last for a month or two.

Jon Gordon, Dan Britton, and Jimmy Page wrote a book called, One Word. Because New Year’s resolutions are hard to keep, they encourage finding One Word instead. Instead of trying to keep unspecific goals, you choose one word to live into.  They break it down into a 3-step process:

  1. Look inward
  2. Look upward
  3. Look outward

To download the action plan go to

After you click on the link there should be a button to hit that says, “Free Action Plan.”

You take time to see what you need in your life, pray to God about what is on your heart, and see what you can do for others in 2019.

My word for 2018 was STAND. I wanted to better stand up for myself and stand for what I believe in. I found myself easily swayed and pushed around in the past, so I chose to live into that word during 2018. I found much more success with choosing one word instead of making a resolution. It was helpful to print and put somewhere I could see every day.

This is a great exercise for a team starting a season as well. For the guys on the cross country team, this is where we came up with the idea to implement a one word or phrase for our school year, “We Go Heavy.” Like the way one word can shape an individual’s year, it can push a team through a season.

Choosing one word helps take the focus from things you are trying to do to the person you want to be. Instead of wanting to work out every day, you want to live into Joy. You want to be OPTIMISTIC or LOVE better. Your word can drastically shape the way you live your life every day.

I don’t know what my word for the year will be, but I want you to join with me. Take the time to really find the word that speaks to you. It is better to take an extra week or two to find your word than to rush to have it ready on January 1st.

Make 2019 your year. Be the person you want to be. Find your word.


I appreciate you.


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