This time of year everyone seems to spend time reflecting on the last year and what they want to change about the year to come. I am definitely included in that. Having worked in the field of lifestyle change for many years, studied it in school and beyond, and being a nurse presently; I am more than aware of how hard change is for people including myself. I’ve read the statistics and how hard it is to predict if someone will stay with a change such as a regular exercise pattern. Let me tell you, the statistics are not encouraging. Change is hard.
So what do I do this time of year instead of making a list of resolutions? I pick a word. Or rather, I pray about a word and figure out which one seems to be pressed on my heart the deepest. Even if you aren’t a spiritual person, this is something I highly encourage you do. Why? Because this seemingly simple thing has transformed my life year after year.
I started many years ago when a friend told me about the My One Word challenge. I wasn’t a big fan at first, but as I dug into the first few months I began to see how challenging and life changing it was. By focusing on one word that represents change I want to make in multiple areas of my life, I am constantly challenged, changed, and transformed.
So how do I do this?
First make a list of words you think may be good for you to focus on. Then narrow it down and decide. This will take time, sometimes a month or two. Once you have that word I encourage you to look up the definition. ALL definitions. Per Merriam Webster the definitions for chase are:
Definition of CHASE
I then do a google search to discover what all that word is associated with, and what other people have learned through that word. I continually am aware of what the word and learning what it means at a deeper level. Throughout the year different ways pop up for me to learn about my one word for the year.