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The Umbrella Effect

| written by Tracee Persiko | 17 comments

Tackling our One Words for the year can seem overwhelming. Last week I talked about some steps and questions you can ask yourself to help jump-start your process.

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.

For example my One Word is healing. I have placed healing at the top of my umbrella. Each section of the umbrella is a different category for me to think and pray through the ways healing impacts those places. My umbrella has four categories for Healing: Spiritually, Emotionally, Physically, and Relationally.

This year I want to focus my growth on those four places. I still have no idea what healing will look like exactly in those areas, but this gives me a base of structure to help me process.

Today, think about your word and what areas you want to focus 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.