One Word January Check-In
It's happened in a flash! Before I knew it, the end of January has arrived. Four weeks of identifying goals for the year. Four weeks of focusing on healthy eating (yes, I've had french fries several times in the last four weeks). Four weeks to get organized for a New Year and New you.
To be fair, I've done a lot in those four weeks. I've planned my first month in my super cool Ink Well Press Planner (which I love and am excited to check in each month). I set a goal to organize my front closet. Purchased a shelf from Ikea and BAM just like that (two days ago) I can now open it when visitors and coaching clients are visiting. I've spoken twice in January - once to a MOPS group that was amazing and once at Clarity Church - my people. I launched two new coaching groups and did a lot of freelance writing.
But if you're anything like me, you picked a word for the year. You were even serious about the word. But between schedules, trying new healthy recipes and the crazy life you love - you have arrived at the end of January and not sure you've made a dent in your focus.
The good news for you and I - picking one word is not necessarily about a checklist of things you're going to get done. It's about who you're going to become. It's about reminding yourself (daily if you need to) that this is how you're going to show up. It's about discovering the grace of learning about this area of yourself. Baby steps, my friends.
Now, I'm a little task oriented. While I want to become - I also want some accomplishment to show for it. And while some of you are good with the becoming, alot of us want to know we're getting somewhere when it comes to our word for the year.
For you, friends, I'm adding a monthly blog post with great ideas to keep our word in front of us all year long. My hope is that we not only embody our word with who we become by the end of 2017. But that we also can see the steps we're taking in the direction of our word.
Ready to get started? We're at the end of January so it's not too late to jump on the One Word bandwagon. If you haven't picked your word yet, it's not too late. Pick a word and jump into these suggestions.
1. Pick a verse for your word
Some of you may have already done this - but find a Bible verse that goes with your word. You can look up your word in your Bible's concordance. Or sometimes it's just easier to Google, "What does the Bible say about....[insert your word]?
Once you've picked your verse, feel free to create an anchor. We talk a lot about anchors in coaching - using it as a visual reminder of what you want to accomplish. Write out your word and verse on piece of paper and hang it....in your bathroom, in your office, or on your refrigerator. Or you can print off your verse in a fancy font. Whatever it is, make is pretty and fun to look at.
2. Grab a fun journal
I don't know about you - but I'm not really a journaler. I have dozens of journals with empty pages. But nothing gets me journalling like a brand new journal. So go to your local store, and pick something pretty. For you local friends, I love to pick out a journal at Good Things or Patina (Specialty gift stores). It doesn't have to be big - choose a small one.
Once you're ready to start journalling, take some time to journal about your progress with your word. Some starter questions about your word to journal about:
- In what ways have you learned about your word in the last month?
- What would help you embrace your word going forward with 2017?
- What do you need to let go of in order to work on your word?
- In what ways do you want your life to look different concerning your word?
Those should get you started. Check back here the last Tuesday of each month for more questions to journal about your word.
3. Focus on a plan
Part of keeping your word in front of you is focusing on a plan. I know what you're thinking - because I'm thinking it too. As a "P" on the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, I don't love to plan. I value flexibility and well, not planning.
And yet, when it comes to our words - we'll get the most out of choosing our word when we put a plan in place. A plan for your word can look as simply as writing down one activity each month that will help you focus on your word.
Another idea is setting a goal that helps you focus on your word. Don't worry - I've got you covered with my Goal Planning Worksheet. You can walk through the steps and identify some things that will help you focus on your word.
Here's a quick reminder: setting goals is not always about a list of things to do. Sometimes our goals can be about your hearts and minds changing. And sometimes, when we want to change our hearts and minds - we need to step first and trust that God will show up in the middle of our stepping.
When it comes to our One Word, maybe this month is the time that you and I step first by coming up with a tentative plan to keep our word front and center. And trust that God will do His part by showing up and working in our life.
I'd love to hear about your word and how God is using it in your life so far this year. Comment here or send me an e-mail. I'll be praying for you as you step into your one word.