Happy New Year!! I absolutely LOVE the beginning of the year! I love the possibilities and opportunities and I love the idea of starting fresh with a new perspective and new goals. What I don’t like…New Year’s Resolutions. Bleh. You want to know why? Well, I’ll tell you. It is because every time I make a set of “resolutions”, I start out all gung-ho and end the year forgetting what I resolved to do altogether. It just sets me up for failure and disappointment.
Every. Single. Time.
I am not alone in this though! I just read that 50% of people that make New Year’s Resolutions fail by the end of January and 9 out of 10 throw in the towel completely by March! That’s 90%!
See what I did there? Math! Like a boss.
So, since I discovered that the majority of resolution-makers end up feeling like failures by the end of the year (or March really), I thought I’d share what I’ve discovered works way better and has a much higher success rate.
And it is this…picking a “word of the year”. Yep. The blogiverse has it right! Picking ONE word to focus on for the year is so much better than writing down a zillion resolutions. I have found this to be true my very own self.
Last year, I picked the word “peace”. And let me tell you something…it was a tough one to maintain because well…life happens and sometimes it’s not all that peaceful. I had to make a decision to maintain peace in the midst of some difficult circumstances and more often than not, I had to totally rely on calling out to Jesus to bring that peace upon me.
The amazing thing is, I really did have peace all year. Every decision I made was filtered through whether or not it would steal my peace. Every circumstance I faced was overshadowed by my determination to maintain my peace. And when you ask God for peace that passes understanding, He gives it.
My blood pressure was much better last year. My overall health was better. My attitude towards everything was better. Some of that I attribute to my fitness journey but I know my decision to make peace my driving force had a huge impact as well.
So, this year, I prayed and asked the Lord to give me a word for 2016. In the past, I tried to pick a word myself by researching and thinking a lot but I have found, when I ask God for it, He gives it quickly and it sticks with me way better. And this time was no exception.
I asked. He answered. Simple as that.
My word for 2016 is:
Such a loaded word! So rich in depth and meaning! I choose this year to be intentional in everything I do. I will make every moment count. I will be intentional about my faith and how I grow in it. I will be intentional about my marriage and family time. I will be intentional about my health and fitness. I will be intentional about my ministry service. I will be intentional about my relationships. I will be intentional about rest and relaxation. I want to be intentional about my finances.
You get the picture.
I want everything I do to be done with a purpose…with intent. I want to lay my head down on my pillow at night feeling satisfied that my day was not wasted on things I can’t even remember but spent meaningfully and intentionally.
This is 2016 for me.
Life is a gift. Moments in time cannot be redone. There are no do-overs with time. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. The older my children get, the more this reality comes into focus. I want to look back years from now and feel glad that I made the most out of every moment while my kids were still kids and still lived in my home, because the day is coming when they’ll have their own little families and homes and lives and I want them to look back at their childhoods and feel grateful that their mom was completely present for them.
Easier said than done. I know. But, I believe the Lord gave me that word and He will help me live it out so, if I get in a pickle, or I start to slip…I just have to call on Him and He will answer me.
What’s your word of the year? What do you feel should frame your 2016?
I hope whatever it is, you are able to accomplish it!
Until next time…xoxo