WHAT'S YOUR ONE WORD?
Each year I pick a word for the New Year that will inspire me to be my best. I started this practice seven years ago and as you may know I wrote One Word with Dan Britton and Jimmy Page to help people discover their word for the year. Dan and Jimmy invented the "One Word" practice and have been doing it with their families for over twenty years.
My words over the years have been: PURPOSE, SURRENDER, SERVE, PRAY, RISE, FORGIVE and STILL.
Each word has molded and shaped me to become a better person, father, husband, writer and communicator. Looking back I know my One Word chose me more often than I chose it.
It's also a fun team building exercise and much more effective than New Year's resolutions. 9 out of 10 people will fail with their resolutions but One Word sticks. No goals. No resolutions. Just One Word that helps you write and create a yearly chapter in your life story. It's powerful.
For more ideas about One Word you can watch my segment on the Today Show or you can watch this video I shared about One Word. You can also print your own One Word poster and get team building ideas at GetOneWord.com.
In addition to One Word... Jimmy, Dan and I also thought of a different word that would have a profound impact on people's lives and we called it a Life Word. One Word is a word you pick each year. Your Life Word is a word you pick to leave a legacy during your life. Your Life Word may change but it’s not something you do yearly. It’s powerful because if you can identify your Life Word now it will inspire you to live your highest purpose and leave your greatest legacy.
For example, think about the words that capture the essence and legacy of some of history's heroes. Perhaps Abraham Lincoln's Life Word would have been Unity. Martin Luther King Jr., Equality. Mother Theresa, Compassion. Susan B. Anthony, Vote.
We have taken a bunch of groups through this process of finding both a word for the year and a word for life and it has been exponentially purposeful and powerful.
So this year I hope you join me in choosing One Word for 2018 and a Life Word for your life.
Think of your One Word as your yearly chapter in your story and your Life Word as the title to inspire you to leave a legacy for others.
When you know your words I would love to hear them. One of my favorite things is to hear people's words and why they chose them. You can share your words with me and others on Twitter or Facebook.