Are you looking for a New Year’s resolution? I have something better.
I had heard of the One Word exercise through Jon Gordon and this year for Christmas I received the book One Word by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton, and Jimmy Page. Rather than setting goals or resolutions for the New Year, I invite you to select One Word that will give you a very simple, but effective, focus on becoming the person you want to be.
By simplifying our approach, we discovered the secret to life change. Our formula is not
rooted in strength and resolve but in surrender and simplicity. It is not based on temporary inspiration or on the
latest pep talk. It's found in narrowing our focus, because we believe less is best. For us, simplicity created clarity, power, and passion.
-from One Word
After some contemplation and reflection I have decided on my One Word for this year:
Here is some background on what helped inspire me to select this word.
Frosty Westering was a legendary college football coach at Pacific Lutheran University, an NCAA Division III school in Tacoma, Washington. You can read about his philosophies on life in his books, Make the Big Time Where You Are and The Strange Secret of the Big Time. You can also view some of his handouts on our Resources page. Frosty believed in enjoying the journey while traveling on the Success Road and not being so focused on comparing yourself to others while trying to reach a destination of achievement in order to prove your self-worth. Frosty’s advice was to focus on appreciating some of the natural highs of life. The following excerpt is from The Strange Secret of the Big Time:
You know, we need to keep part of that kid in us. Real joy comes when we continue to share that childlike excitement in our lives—not childishness, but genuine childlike enthusiasm. Far too many people lose this quality, and they become calloused and indifferent toward many of the natural highs in life. Believe me, it makes us years younger and not years older.
What are some natural highs of life?
Ocean waves, snowcapped mountains, hidden lakes, illuminating sunrise, crackling bonfire, no traffic on commute, front row parking place, hot cup of coffee and favorite doughnut, a challenging workout, hearty laughter with good friends, my kids running out to meet me with hugs as I get home, and a special dinner with my wife at our favorite restaurant, a round of golf with a good friend, hearing one of your favorite songs on the radio, a long hot shower.
I know that I have many blessings in my life each and every day, but I often fail to acknowledge and appreciate them. I will be keeping a journal of at least one blessing in my life each day of 2017. Even on days when things don’t go well I am taking the challenge to find the blessings in my life and keep track of them. I have a created a page on our website where I will be keeping track of my blessings each day.
If you decide to select One Word for the New Year please e-mail me and let me know what your word is!
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