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I just love a new year, a fresh start, a do-over. Don’t you?
It’s so exciting to sit down with a planner and notebook and begin plotting out hopes and dreams for the coming months. There are so many things I want to do, so many things I hope to change, so many areas where I want to grow!
Sadly, though, most of those things are the exact same things I hoped to do and change and grow in last year. And the year before that…and probably every other year, too.
I have this little problem, and I’m coming to see that it’s actually more of a character flaw than I ever realized. It’s kind of hard to admit this out loud, but here goes: I’m a “wannabe.”
As long as I can remember – probably for my whole life – I’ve had big hopes and dreams and goals. My goals tend to be things that I really want and are actually attainable, if only I’ll put in the extra effort and make them happen.
And that’s where my character flaw rears its ugly head.
I know exactly what I want out of life and who I hope to be. I know the things I want to accomplish and how I want to be better than ever before. I can see a vision for the life I want to live, and I know it’s possible.
But I also procrastinate, and spend too much time on Facebook, and get distracted by every little thought and desire and emotion. I chase after things that won’t matter and check unessential tasks off my list just because I like to see an X on the page.
I let myself remain a wannabe instead of getting up off my butt and becoming the person God designed me to be. I settle for mediocre. I determine to do better tomorrow (the ultimate procrastination technique), and when tomorrow doesn’t come, I just push the dreams down the line a little further.
The word that’s becoming my battle cry.
Twelve months from now, I really don’t want to look back to this day and wonder why I wasted my time and potential. I honestly want this year to be a turning point for me.
So, I decided to pick a word to focus on for this year that will give me a continual nudge, a call to action. It isn’t the kind of word my husband picked or a frilly and forgettable word like ones I’ve picked in the past. (For example, one year I picked “lovely.” What???)
My word for this year is…MORE.
Now, as someone who talks about simplifying life and getting rid of clutter, this word might sound a like the complete opposite of what I should pick, but it’s not about having more. It’s about being more.
And it’s already having an impact on how I plan my day and manage my time. It’s literally changing me.
I want to be MORE without simply settling for less.
My word MORE is not about:
- Having more stuff.
- Packing more tasks into my schedule.
- Earning more of God’s approval (impossible!).
- Filling my life with more things that won’t matter in the end.
For me, the word MORE means:
- Not settling for mediocre.
- Planning my time so I can use every minute to its fullest.
- Doing things all the way and right away instead of procrastinating.
- Giving full attention to the people in my life.
- Being intentional about following through with my goals.
- Beginning projects wisely and seeing them through to the end.
- Not giving up.
- Creating a spiritual-home-work life that reaches its full potential for being both peaceful and productive.
I’m so excited to do MORE and be MORE this year!
This word is driving me to look at my closets and countertops and think about how I can do more decluttering and organizing.
I’m looking at the books on my shelf and wanting to do more reading.
It’s causing me to gaze at my kids and husband and consider how I can be more of a blessing and encouragement to them.
I have seriously changed my eating habits and am thinking about other ways to incorporate more healthy habits into my life (totally against my natural tendencies!).
I think this year just might be a game-changer for me!
How about you?
Did you pick a focus word, write down some goals, pray over your hopes and dreams? If you haven’t done it yet, that’s okay! Just take a few minutes to do it sometime this week, if possible.
Honestly, I still haven’t nailed down all my goals for this year. I’ve been too busy and distracted to get it done, so making my goals is one of my big goals for this week.
Wherever you are in the process, don’t settle for being a wannabe. You were made for more! I know that you can get your home in order, conquer that clutter, and be the joyful mama you really want to be.
Did you pick “One Word” this year? Share it in the comments!