With the new year well on its way already, I've been thinking a lot about goals, plans, themes and more for the upcoming months. Being 2020, I feel like there's not only the pressure of a new year but also the new decade hanging over us. There are so many expectations (whether set by ourselves or by others/society) that it can overshadow the everyday.
Because let's talk about that. We can look at things in view of the whole year (and that can be helpful at times), but sometimes, we lose focus. Every year is made up of months, which are made up of weeks, which are made up of... that's right, days. Every little insignificant day turns into 30 and then turns into 365, and then you've got a whole year right there. Little moments matter, and too often, we forget the smaller, important things because we're focusing too hard on the big picture.
Let's face it. We're not going to magically reach our goals just because we say it's our goal for the year. It's the daily actions that build our progress towards the end results. And if we don't focus on the everyday, we'll find ourselves twelve months from now wondering how come we haven't made it to where we wanted. Dissatisfaction brews, and suddenly, the atmosphere changes from a positive learning and growing experience into regret and negativity.
We're not going to magically reach our goals just because we say it's our goal for the year. It's the daily actions that build our progress towards the end results.
Goal setting is important, I think we can all agree. But not everything can be measured in goals. Self-development, spiritual journeys, and attitudes aren't something you can just pin a label on and then check off boxes till you get to your desired result. So how do we cultivate a daily focus for things that just aren't concrete enough for typical goal setting?
Enter my favorite technique: A Word of the Year. I've been doing this for five years now. And it's super easy to implement.
1. Take time for self-reflection
2. Research your ideas
3. Dig deep into your topic
4. Write down Bible study ideas and real-life applications
5. Create a mood board with photos, art, verses, quotes, journal prompts and more
6. Make your word and mood board visible throughout the year
This year, I chose the word GLOW . I want to rediscover the glow in the everyday, to find God's light showing more and more in my heart, to be alive and joyful again, to treat every day as special as I ought, to love hard and to shine bright.
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6
If you'd like a closer look, you can check out my Pinterest mood board here! I also created a smaller look-book for a little teaser.
I'd love to know your thoughts on this. Have you ever done a word of the year before? How do you go about your process of choosing a word? If you do have a theme for the year, what is it and why did you choose it? Let me know in the comments below!