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The One Word Umbrella Effect

| written by Tracee Persiko | 63 comments

Choosing a word for your year is no small thing. It requires all of you every day. Choosing a word is meant to be life changing for you. The hope is that in 365 days, you will look back and be able to say, “I am different.”

Maybe you are more like me and choosing a word seems overwhelming or even intimidating. I tend to see the big picture of my word and wonder how I will make a whole year!

Tackling our One Words for the year can seem overwhelming. Your One Word process is meant to be a walking marathon. Change is not instant nor does it just happen. Change takes commitment to working hard and risking discomfort.

All words pack a big punch and carry much weight. Looking at the word by itself can seem like taking on a major task. I want to encourage you to take the process in stride and don’t psych yourself out.

Our words can be applied to every area of life. The hope of our words is that they are life-changing. I want to help and encourage you to break your word down into categories. 

I am a visual person. I need to see my word on paper. I am also a person who needs structure. I have spent this week breaking down my word into some helpful categories. I call this the umbrella effect.

Each section of the umbrella is a different category for me to think and pray through the ways my one word impacts those places. My umbrella has three categories: God, Relational, and life.

Today, think about your word and what areas you want to focus on this year. There are no right or wrong categories. Play around with your umbrella and let us know what you come up with!

What would your umbrella look like?

Tracee Persiko is a Cross-Cultural Consultant for nonprofits and churches, Life Coach, Speaker, and Co-author of Inciting Incidents. She cares deeply about the hearts and stories of other people. When it comes to life, she lives it differently. Find her on her blog, Twitter, and Facebook.