What Will Be Your One Word for 2019?

 In Goal Setting, one word, personal growth

 Create Focus and Energy with One Word

The New Year is here and I have a quick little test for you. (Don’t you just love pop quizzes?)

When I think about my plans for 2019, I am…

a.  Not setting goals.  They never worked before and it is a waste of my time.

b.  Evaluating my past year and setting new goals based on my accomplishments last year

c.  Feeling totally overwhelmed.  I’m not sure what I accomplished last year (maybe survival?) or what I want to accomplish next year.  Maybe I’ll just take a nap and think about it later.

This time of year, people love to ask you, “Did you set goals for 2019? What are your New Year’s Resolutions?”

It can be exhausting and annoying.  I know. This is especially true for women. We’re trying to energize and maintain relationships while working a job or running a business. Meanwhile everyone is telling us to set goals, create a plan for our future and oh yes, take care of ourselves while we’re at it. We’re trying to balance all those spinning plates in the air and cringing every time we hear one crash. Who are we kidding?

Instead of setting goals, what if we just came up with one word to provide focus, inspiration and direction for our year? What if that one word became a north star?  An intention to align with? A lens through which to view the world?

For the last several years, I have chosen a word in January to give me focus for the year. Choosing the word takes a bit of thought.  I want it to stretch me and ground me at the same time.  I want it to encourage and inspire. 

The first year my word was JOY and the next year, as I left my school counseling job of twenty years and moved into entrepreneurship, I chose, ADVENTURE. Since that time, I have chosen the words LOVE, OPEN and for 2018, EXPAND.

How have my words influenced my year? As I made plans, I made sure that my word was a part of each goal. I looked at relationships in new ways and took trips that I might never have considered otherwise.  My word related to my business, my family, my friendships and even my free time.  For example, once I began focusing on adventure, I saw the word everywhere I turned;  in my daily devotional, signs along the road and in conversation with others. It narrowed and highlighted my attention for the year. At one point as I was writing in my journal about the word adventure and how I was incorporating it into my life, I realized that the word itself advised me on how to best use it. In order to add adventure to my life, I had to venture out into new territory, new places, new relationships.  While adventure can sound exciting, it can also be a bit scary as I moved outside of my comfort zone.   I can truly say that focusing on one word  has made a huge difference in my life.

As I move into the new year, I’m already planning for my one word that will guide me forward. While I haven’t yet decided on my word, I’m considering and trying on various possibilities.  I’m reviewing the past year and planning for the future.

What about you?  Want to develop your focus for the upcoming year?  Change your world? What will your one word be for 2019? Pick one word as your guidepost for the new year.  I promise you will be astonished at the energy it brings to your life.

Want a free tool to help you determine your word of the year?  Here you go:


Want to discover my one word and share yours? Visit my Facebook page to share YOUR word and why you chose it: Dream Achiever Coaching

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  • Martha Orlando

    I’m in the same boat, Lynne, as I’ve yet to settle on my one word for 2015. This year’s was “wait.” It really helped me not to rush things in my life and to lean more on God and His timing. I’ll be so interested to know what word you choose!

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