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Get the most out of your Word of the Year by asking 5 simple questions
March 12, 2019
Its March and we are at the end of the first quarter in the New Year. So how are you doing with your word of the year? Are you getting the most out of it? I decided to do a Word of the Year checkup for myself before we get much further along. You can get the most out of your Word of the Year by asking 5 simple questions. If you haven’t picked a word yet, check out this post ONE WORD . It’s not too late.
MY WORD OF THE YEAR
Vision – is my word for 2019. This is the word I have chosen to guide who I want to be, how I want to live and what I want to change. In fact, I haven’t finalized my goals yet this year. I’m marinating on them. I’ve been on a new journey of Cultivating What Matters. Lara Casey, founder of Cultivating What Matters created an intentional goal planner to walk you through a process. She just started a podcast in December that I’m really enjoying. “Episode #4 There’s nothing magical about January 1,” really spoke to me. I love this. I didn’t jump on the January 1st bandwagon with my list of goals and to-dos. Those are still coming to light and that is perfectly okay.
5 SIMPLE QUESTIONS
Asking myself 5 simple questions is helping me get the most out of my Word of the Year and formulate this year’s goals. After all, isn’t it more about the journey than the destination? Here are the questions I’m asking.
WHO DO I WANT TO BE?
I want to be someone who…
Thinks positive wholesome thoughts and helps others do the same.
Creates a safe environment in my women’s small group to grow and flourish.
Loves my husband unconditionally and radically.
Knows God more intimately through His Word.
Loves others well and show them, Jesus.
Ask myself “What would a healthy person do?”
Grow my blog to help more people by being vulnerable and transparent.
Be a woman of Faith!
Live my life with confidence.
Declutter and simplify.
WHAT REALLY MATTERS TO ME?
Love, life, relationships, Jesus and changing my mindset.
WILL I BE HAPPY WITH HOW I SPENT MY TIME?
When I’m 85 years old and looking back will I be happy I spent my time this way? I think so. Watching TV, spending hours surfing the internet, or playing games online are things I do sparingly. Here is a list of things I get fired up about and I hope I’ll still be excited and enjoying them when I’m 85.
WHAT HAVE I LEARNED ABOUT MYSELF?
You know what holds me back the most? A lack of confidence in myself. Until recently I have unknowingly put myself in an identity box that says “I can’t do it”, “I’m not good enough”. I have told myself over and over again that “I’m not motivated, I don’t set goals and reach them, and I don’t have to do anything I don’t want to do.” Those are all lies I’ve believed for a long time. The journey I’m on is helping me break down those lies and figure out the truth. However, it’s going to be a while until those lies are not the first things to pop into my head when something challenges me.
WHAT DO I STILL NEED TO LEARN?
I still need to learn how to let go of the following in order to move forward.
Negative thoughts and negative self-talk
Fear of rejection
Judgment of myself and others
I didn’t get here overnight and it certainly won’t change overnight. Nevertheless, I’m committed to this task for the long haul. I think the above list pretty well covers a lifetime of learning so I’ve got my work cut out for me. In what area do you need to grow and change?
DEFINING MY WORD
Answering these questions helped me choose the word VISION for 2019. It’s bigger than a Word of the Year. It’s really everything. The definition in my Student Bible Dictionary is coming to life.
It’s a special message or a revelation from God.
A vision could contain instructions or interpretations of present-day or future occurrences.
The list I made above, of who I want to be, I think is God’s will for my life. His two greatest commands are found in the book of Matthew in the Bible. Who I want to be, include both.
Matthew 22:36-40 New International Version (NIV)
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a]38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Call me crazy, but I’m getting chills as I write this. Evidently, Vision is still the perfect word for me right now and for 2019.
How are you getting the most out of your Word of the Year? Share with me in the comments below.