Goals / Inspiration

A Million Reasons – But One Word

For the second year, I am participating in #OneWord365, a global movement that encourages you to focus on one word every day, all year long. The one word should sum up who you want to be or how you want to live.

For me, the 2020 one word did not come lightly. I actually had chosen two words previously, but they didn’t seem to fit. There is something about the start of a new decade that left me unsettled with my previous choices. After my goal planning session, I also knew it had to be a word that would push me throughout the year to achieve some of the goals I have set.

There are a million reasons why this is not a good time to launch a new endeavor:

  • I can’t predict my work schedule as there are several important projects I must finish in the next few months.
  • I don’t have the equipment to do this right (my laptop is literally going on strike as I type)
  • My personal life is changing over the next few months with competing priorities

If you give me some time, I can come up with a million more. That’s usually the case for most of us – we can always list the reasons something might not work. It takes a changed mindset to instinctively focus on all the reasons why we might succeed.

So after much prayer, meditation and a reread of this year’s goals, the word appeared….THRIVE!

What if we decide this is the year we do more than survive?

What if we choose to plant seeds in faith versus in soils of fear?

What if we decide to just do the thing, take the risk, follow the dream?

What if we view failures as lessons or opportunities instead of a sign that it won’t work?

Thrive is the word that answers all of these questions for me. I will check back in every few months with updates on how I am doing. But, let’s hold each other accountable. What’s your #OneWord, and how will it take you closer to your goals in 2020? I want us all to THRIVE in the new year.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

marianne williamson

Title Musical Nod: A Million Reasons (Lady Gaga)

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