Last year’s word: Create.
2012? Together (with my wife).
What’s my word for 2014?
My one word for 2014 is: Encourage.
I always go back to this question in choosing my word: What kind of person do you want to be?
See, resolutions are about changing habits and altering our behavior. Ultimately, they’re about our personality and lifestyle choices rather than professional goals.
Here’s why I chose it.
An encouraging person is the type of person I want to be. I find myself envying those who easily connect with others and those who can offer gentle criticism and push people towards their goals. I’d like to be known for more my positive encouragement than my negative tendencies.
This is big for me because it’s not natural. A lot of my life has been centered on finding the flaws in others and pointing them out. I can see problems in reasoning pretty easily and so I apply that to people, too.
I want to stop that (or at least lessen it). This doesn’t just mean changing “what” I say, it means changing “how” I say it. There’s still room for criticism, it’s just in the presentation with the goal of offering it for their benefit rather than to build myself up. It also goes beyond words, but thinking and praying for others as well. And many times, listening rather than speaking can help someone out as well.
That’s the thing about the My One Word project. If you decide to do it, the word you choose will definitely evolve in meaning. You’ll think it applies to one area but then you’ll find it infiltrating different aspects.
Don’t get me wrong, I still have a load of goals I want to do (I’ll share those soon…). But this is the most meaningful–the one that impacts all of my goals and will have the lasting value.