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3 Best Steps to Take after Choosing your One Word

| written by Marva Smith | 15 comments

So, you have your word for the year. Yay, you!

After much searching, praying, and asking for input you’ve finally settled on your one word.

Maybe your word came easy. In November you already knew what it was.

Or perhaps you struggled to find your word, wondering how one word could sum up all the changes the upcoming year promises.

No matter what category you find yourself in, there’s a question that many of us face: what now?

Now that you have your word, what should you do next?

How can this little word follow you throughout the year?

How can you get it to fit the unexpected twists and turns of life?

How do you stick with it?

Essentially, how do you give this word legs?

Here’s some encouragement to bring your word alive and a few resources that will help you do just that. Some are free resources, some are affiliate links to paid products, all are tips based on my experience as a strategic planner, coach and a one-word girl.

By the way, if you still haven’t found your word yet, you’re sure to find lots of ideas here or check out these tips on how to choose your word.

Once you have your word, let’s jump right in, shall we?

Got your word, now what?

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Now that you have your word, here are three things you need to get.

1. Get wisdom

As much as I pray about my word, I admit that I seldom know how it will play out throughout the year. This is where God’s wisdom comes in.

A man’s heart plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.

Proverbs 16:9 NKJV

Sure, we pray for guidance in finding our word but we will do well to keep up the prayer habit all year long. Ask God to open your eyes to see the new thing He is doing in your life in the upcoming year. And perhaps more importantly, seek His guidance to give you the strength and perseverance to pursue His will for your life.

I encourage you to find Scriptures that either include your word or incorporate the meaning behind your word to inspire you along the way. Online Bibles such as biblegateway.com is a great place to start. Just put your word in the search box and go from there.

2. Get clear

I’ve seen it often in my life and others where we forget about our word half way through the year. After all, life gets crazy sometimes and it’s hard for this one little word to compete with all the twists and turns. But if we get clear about our word and allow it to inspire our vision for the year, imagine how powerful that would be.

One way to do this is to craft a vision that incorporates your word. This could be done using a vision statement or a vision board, or both.

I personally love vision boards and find them to be highly effective. I include cutouts of my word as well as my favorite Scripture reference related to my one word. I focus on my roles and relationships and use magazine cuttings to depict my envisioned future. Where do I want to be in the next year? What do I want to accomplish? What goals do I want to achieve?

3. Get smart

Speaking of goals, this next step is where the rubber really hits the road. This is where I create SMART goals based on my word and my vision for the year. To increase the chances of accomplishing these goals they had better be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound (SMART). But even more so, I want my goals to be mixed with grace. Throughout the process of setting and pursuing my goals, I pray for God’s guidance along the way.

I’m confident that you’ll see a big difference in your year when you:

And now, for some resources to help you on your 2019 one-word journey. Check out the links below and a few fun surprises.

Favorite Resources to Bring your Word to Life

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Surprise Give-away

I’m a big fan of the One Word 365 community and I love seeing you succeed. That’s why, especially at this time of year, we also like to do a giveaway for our OneWord365 friends.

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So, tell me…are you ready to get wisdom, get clear and get smart about your word this year? Leave a comment to let me know what your next step will be so we can encourage each other along the way.

Marva Smith is an island-living, sun-loving, Christian wife and mom. She has successfully transitioned careers, welcomed reinvention and is always on the lookout for what God is doing next. She enjoys showing women how to sparkle and shine for God by living fully and abundantly right where they are (John 10:10). You can find her writing about her life and faith on her website SunSparkleShine, as well as Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.


Marva Smith: It's always an honor to join the One Word 365 community at this time of year. So much excitement, so much anticipation and a whole lot of community spirit! Love, love, love being a part of this special online space. Reply

Heather Hart: These sound like great tips for those who have chosen a word for the year. Thanks for sharing and linking up with Grace and Truth this week. Reply

    Marva: Thanks for stopping by, Heather. It's always a pleasure visiting the Grace and Truth community. Blessings to you for 2019! Reply

nylse: I have a word; it came to me in the fall and its a constant theme in my interactions and relationships. However I'm not publicizing it - its between me and God. These are good tips which are helpful to me. Happy New Year. Reply

    Marva: Good for you, Nylse. There've been times I've kept my word just between me and God too -- it just depends on how he leads me that year. So far, I'm not so sure if I'll share it or not. I'll wait on Him and see. I'm glad you found the tips helpful. Blessings to you! Reply

welcomeheart: timely post, marva. I'll link when I blog my WOTY. xx Reply

    Marva: Thank you, Sue. I can't wait to read about your word. I know it will fit you perfectly! Blessings! Reply

Laurie: Thank you so much for the great suggestions. This is the first time I chose a word to focus on for the year. Actually, it kind of chose me. I need all the help I can get! Reply

    Marva: I love when a word chooses you (instead of the other way around), Laurie. And remember it was a first for all of us at one point too, so you're right at home. There are loads of tips here on One Word 365 if you scroll through the blog and you can even find a community of people who share your word which you check out here: https://oneword365.com/find-your-tribe/. Reply

Lauren Sparks: I didn't choose a goal, but I verse and was curious if your tips would apply to me - and they do. Thank you. laurensparks.net Reply

    Marva | SunSparkleShine: I'm so glad you could find it helpful too, Lauren. Whether a word, phrase or verse, we'd do well to get wisdom, get clear and get smart! Thanks for stopping by. Reply

Crystal Twaddell: Love the call to mix our goals with grace, Marva. And SMART goals work so well when combined with grace. Happy New Year! Reply

    Marva | SunSparkleShine: That's right, Crystal, grace is the glue...it's what covers it all! :-) Blessings to you in 2019 and beyond. Reply

Juan: MEMES is my word for 2019 Reply

    Marva | SunSparkleShine: Wow, Juan I think that's the first time I've heard MEMES chosen as a word for the year -- it's totally unique and fun. Please keep us posted about how it plays out for you this year. Reply

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