“Change is Possible, but Focus is Required” -Mike Ashcraft
Every year at our yearly business planning, everyone on our team picks one word that will be the focus for the year. Instead of the typical New Year’s resolutions which usually involve a desire for more willpower and motivation with a list of things we want to change about ourselves, we have found a much more powerful way to improve our personal and professional lives. Based on the book “One Word” by Jon Gordon, we all pick one word that will be our focus for the next 12 months. Though it is such a simple concept, it has been effective for us to have the clarity and sustained focus over time to achieve our goals.
This year my word is Consistency. While I know it’s not the most interesting of words, it is one that I need my focus on the most both personally and professionally. Personally, I have never maintained a healthy eating and exercise regimen for very long. I want to be a healthy and strong mom for my 4 kids, and someday grandkids and maybe great-grandkids. I am happy to say that since I have picked my word 2 months ago, I have worked out a minimum of 5 times a week and have had a much healthier diet. Professionally I can often jump to new and exciting projects without finishing the ones I have started. Being consistent to my commitments is now top of mind and I’m seeing each project through to the finish line before starting the next.
It has also been neat to see my team grow as well by implementing the One Word. Shealyn, our Marketing manager’s word last year was Bold, and her growth as a leader in the past year has been beyond impressive. Christine, our business development partner’s word was infrastructure, of course she picked the longest word on the team! The systems she has put in place in the past year have been instrumental to our growth. These are just a couple of examples of how focusing on one word allowed us to achieve the goals we set out for ourselves.
So, what is your one word? Here are 3 simple steps to help guide you:
- Determine the kind of person you want to become. Take some time to think about the kind of person you want to become at the end of the year. This goes beyond being healthier or wealthier, it needs to go a lot deeper that you feel this in your soul.
- Identify the Characteristics of that person. Get a picture of that person and the major characteristics: are they kind, generous, strong?
- Pick your Word!
We would love to hear your word and cheer you on this year! I challenge you to post your word in our Raving Fan Facebook Group, and let our group support you in your goals. May you have a healthy and prosperous 2019!