If you’re among the 88 percent of Americans who fail to achieve their New Year’s resolutions each year, authors Dan Britton, Jimmy Page, and Jon Gordon offer a simpler alternative with a much higher success rate: Choose One Word for 2019. Here, they explain the process and why it works.
We all have good intentions when we make New Year’s resolutions, but fully 88 percent of us fail to achieve them. That’s because in our enthusiasm to make positive changes, we take on too much. We simply don’t have enough time, energy, and mental bandwidth to keep up with multiple resolutions in the midst of our hectic, stressful lives. And by February or March, our unsustainable resolutions are ancient history.
That’s why, Dan Britton, Jimmy Page, and Jon Gordon suggest radically reducing your resolutions — not just to one goal, but to one Word.
“This year, choose a single word that will give meaning, focus, and purpose to your life,” says Britton, coauthor along with Page and Gordon of One Word That Will Change Your Life, “No matter how busy or stressed you are, or how many distractions and obligations are fighting for your attention, it’s easy to remember One Word — and believe it or not, One Word has the power to impact your life so much more than a laundry list of resolutions.”
Britton and Page have been choosing and living by One Word for almost 20 years. Along with Gordon, they have shared the process with numerous audiences, schools, companies, and even professional sports teams, with great success.
“Your One Word represents the essence of what you want to accomplish during the year, but instead of burdening you with a list of tasks to do, it keeps you focused on an overarching concept of how to be,” Gordon explains. “No matter what slings and arrows life throws your way, your One Word can endure and adapt.”
To give you a sense of what the One Word process looks like in action, Page shares that his One Word for the one recent year was “Connect.”
“I was increasingly concerned about the pace of life and its potential to rob me of significant relationships,” he explains. “This Word resulted in better connections with those who were most important to me, more strategic professional connections, a more intimate connection with God, and opportunities to intentionally bring people together.”
“Jon’s One Word for another year was ‘Serve,’ which inspired him to approach his work and family with a servant’s heart and to put others’ needs before his own,” Britton adds. “And mine was ‘One.’ Unfortunately, leaders often focus on how many they are impacting instead of on how they are impacting each individual. My Word reminded methat great leaders care about each person and invest in one relationship
at a time.”
Here, Britton, Page, and Gordon explain how to go about picking your One Word for 2019—and why this trimmed-down New Year’s resolution works so well:
Put some thought into it .
It’s not unusual to choose spur-of-the-moment New Year’s resolutions as the ball drops in Times Square. Or maybe you just recycle the same resolutions every year: Lose weight! Save more money! Spend more time with the kids! Whatever your usual strategy is, you need to put a little more thought into your One Word if you want it to “work.”
Listen to your intuition.
While it’s important to think seriously about your One Word, don’t overthink it, either. The point isn’t to make your One Word impressive or extraordinary; instead, it should be influential and impactful for you. Sometimes, your inner wisdom, not your brain, knows best what that Word should be.
Figure out what your One Word looks like in real life.
Once you’ve discovered your One Word, consider what it might look like in practice and visualize it impacting your life. Be open-minded and push yourself to think beyond the Word’s obvious definition.
Create a visual reminder.
If you keep your One Word in front of you, it will stay at the forefront of your mind where it can guide your attitude and actions. Your reminder could be as simple as a sticky note on the bathroom mirror or refrigerator, or you could put more time and effort into it.
Consider enlisting support.
Doing the One Word process with people who care about you can be fun, meaningful, and mutually beneficial. Consider brainstorming and sharing your Word with your family, friends, maybe even your team at work.
Record your Word in action.
It’s not a requirement, of course, but Britton, Page, and Gordon suggest keeping a record of how your One Word influences your life throughout the year, perhaps in the form of a journal or blog. Write about how your Word guides your decisions, shifts your priorities, and influences your perspective.
“So, why not simplify things this year by choosing One Word instead of a laundry list of resolutions?” asks Britton. “One Word sticks. It’s straightforward. It doesn’t leave room for confusion or excuses.”
“And most importantly, One Word gives you meaning and a mission throughout the year,” concludes Page. “It’s easy to make One Word a part of your life—and that Word can change your life.”
To learn more, visit www.getoneword.com.
About the Authors:
Jon Gordon’s best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world from Fortune 500 companies to school districts. He is the author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller, The Energy Bus, as well as other best sellers.
Dan Britton has coauthored with Jimmy Page three books, WisdomWalks, WisdomWalks SPORTS, and One Word That Will Change Your Life, and is the author and editor of nine FCA books.
Jimmy Page is a frequent speaker at schools, churches, camps, and retreats and a trainer for corporate, sports, and nonprofit organizations.
About the Book:
One Word That Will Change Your Life, Expanded Edition (Wiley, 2013, 978-1-118-80942-6, $20.00, www.getoneword.com) is available at bookstores nationwide, from major online booksellers, and direct from the publisher online at www.getoneword.com.
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