Change Your Life with Just One Word by Dayton Birt
87% of adults –more than 206 million people-create new goals and resolutions every year! Yet, 50% of resolutions will fail by the end of January! By now, you know which resolutions have fallen short. The problem is we set “to-do” goals instead of “to-be” goals. Success is then measured by what we do instead of who we become. This encourages us to put the power in our heads and in our hands with a game plan to change our habits. However, this approach ignores the most important part of life change: the change of heart. The Psalmist said it this way:
“So teach me to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12 NASB
A few years ago, I stumbled on a concept that has changed my life: ONE WORD! Instead of creating goals and resolutions, I find a single word that God reveals to me that would be a driving force for the year. No goals. No resolutions. Just ONE WORD! It becomes a ONE WORD vision for everything and it has changed my life. For me, it is not rooted in my strength and resolve but in surrender and simplicity. It is not based on temporary inspiration but is found in narrowing my focus because I am learning that less is best. Simplicity has helped me to create clarity, power and passion.
ONE WORD creates laser like focus that lasts. It has become a driving force and stretches me in all six areas of life: spiritual, physical, mental, relational, emotional, and financial. Last year my ONE WORD was “Alignment.” For 2015 my ONE WORD is “Focus.” I am believing my ONE WORD will define, describe and direct my life in 2015. Remember: It is never too late to have a ONE WORD.
Follow this simple, three step process that will provide an easy framework for finding your ONE WORD:
1. Prepare your heart by looking in.
2. Discover your word by looking up.
3. Live your word by looking out.
Pastor Mike Ashcraft, the author of My One Word, has led his church to pick a word for the year since 2007. Churches around the country have led their congregations through a “My One Word” series (www.myoneword.org). Let me know what your ONE WORD for 2015 is by going to my Facebook: “Dayton Birt.” To learn more about ONE WORD visit www.GetOneWord.com.