Can 5 Words Really Make a Difference?

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Five years ago, I began a new habit; a habit that’s served me well! I began adopting a single word for an entire year – my One Word. This simple small change has resulted in some deep profound learning over the years! And a few unexpected surprises as well! Here’s a quick summary of my One Word experience: 2013 PROACTIVE: Initiating rather than reacting = “response-able” I chose this word because I had a bad habit: complaining rather than taking action. Since complaining is actually advertising my fears, I was determined to put complaining to an end! I didn’t want … Read More

What My One Word Taught Me This Year

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My One Word adventure for 2016 has been a maze-like journey. Lots of winding and weaving my way through a year full of surprises! The treasure at the end: a host of cherished lessons that have changed my life for the better. This year reminds me of a birthday party activity my mom rigged up when we were kids. She had a knack for finding clever ways to make birthdays and holidays special. She a treasure hunt by stringing yards and yards of yarn from one end of the house to the other that ultimately lead to a treasure. There … Read More

6 Reasons to Embark on a One Word Adventure in 2016

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Did you make New Year’s resolutions in 2015? Perhaps you too made one of these resolutions – these were the top ten in 2015 according to statisticbrain.com: Lose weight Get organized Spend less, save more Enjoy life to the fullest Stay fit and healthy Learn something exciting Quit smoking Help others in their dreams Fall in love Spend more time with family To tell you the truth, I’m not much for making New Year’s Resolutions. The fact that only 8% of the people who make New Year’s resolutions actually keep them isn’t very motivating to me. Given that 55% of … Read More

Are You a Fighter?

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Last year my “One Word” was proactive. As the year progressed, it became clear that God had chosen that word for me. He knew I would be facing a variety of circumstances that would require me to be decisive and take action. It was a powerful learning experience. Rarely is God satisfied with a single lesson in my life. He always has much more to teach me. This year my “One Word” is “Faith-Full.”  I know, it’s sort of made up word that I have received much grief about from my English-inclined family members. I can’t argue with God. He … Read More

Change Your Life With Just One Word

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With the end of 2013 creeping up on us, it is time to begin to think about changes you would like to make in the new year. About 45% of the population will make New Year’s resolutions, but according to statistics put out by Journal of Clinical Psychology last December, only 8% of the people will keep them. How can you successfully create the desired change in your life and leadership? Not by making New Year’s resolutions! What if there was a way to create change in your life that was simple and yet had profound implications? That’s what I … Read More