The One Word Challenge- Are You In?

I must admit it.  I’m easily distracted.

With the amount of information we are bombarded with from media on a daily basis, it’s hard to stay focused.

Couple that with projects and tasks we juggle at work and home, emails, phone calls, texts and appointments, it’s no wonder so many of us find ourselves stressed out and missing out on what really matters most to us.

The urgent has a tendency to replace the important.

A while ago I made a decision to simplify my life for the purpose of bringing more clarity and focus.

It’s impossible to focus on too many things at once and do them all well.  Thus, the frustration that comes.

Even though we may be able to eliminate some of the clutter from our lives, we still have a certain amount of things that need to stay on our “to do” list.

That’s where I decided to focus more on what I wanted to “become” rather than what I wanted “to do”.  When I made that decision, it made my “to do” take on a whole new life.

I call it, “The One Word Mission”. 

I narrowed my focus to one word I want to see more of in my life.  My “to do” list hasn’t changed, but this word is the filter I run everything through. 

At the end of the day, who you become as a person is more important that what you achieve.  In fact, who you become should drive what you achieve.

Your word may change based on what you are working on at the time, but the important thing is that you only focus on one word at a time.

For me, that word right now is:  Generous.  In fact, it is “The One Word Mission” for our family at the time of this writing.

I want to be more generous with my time, my words, my talents and my resources.

Jesus said, “It’s more blessed to give than receive.”

There’s certainly nothing wrong with receiving and I love being on the receiving end, but there is great joy in giving.

Zig Ziglar said, “You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.”  It’s the serving others first principle.

Being more generous changes how I go about my “to do” list and may even change what goes on that list.

Maybe for you, your One Word Mission is “serve”.  You want to serve your staff or family better.

Maybe it’s “results”.  You have been toying with a goal for a while and now it’s time you took another step toward accomplishing it.  (You may want to read my previous post series, “3 Essentials to Getting Faster Results” for help with this.)

Once you establish your One Word Mission, you will want to write it down.

One tip that works for me is to write it on a 3×5 card and carry it with you daily.  The card keeps your word at the top of your mind and serves as built in accountability and motivation.

The One Word Mission brings simplicity, clarity and focus to your life.

It makes decision making easier because you ask yourself the question, “What would someone that wants to be more or have more ____________ (One Word) in their life do in this situation?”

So, I want to invite you to join me in “The One Word Challenge”. 

1)  Choose your “One Word”.

2)  Write it down on a 3×5 card and carry it with you daily.

3)  Focus on your word for one week.

I guarantee it will bring more value to your personal life and your professional life.  Try it.  I double dog dare you.

Commitment always brings greater results.

If you are up for “The One Word Challenge”, simply type the words, “I’m in into the comment section below.  Now go be amazing this week.  I’m routing for you.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

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