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My Word for 2018

My Word for 2018

Welcome to 2018! I hope you had a wonderful Holiday Season and New Year! Sheri and I spent the weekend with friends, as we’ve done the past few years. It was a wonderful time preparing food for each other, watching a movie (Baby Driver), and a lot of football. Prior to hanging out with our friends, I took some time to think about 2018 and what I envision personally and professionally for this year. I haven’t made a single resolution though and here’s why. 87% of all adults create new goals and resolutions for the New Year, however 50% of those resolute people will abandon them by the end of January. There’s a very small percentage of those who keep them going beyond January who will still be working on them when summer arrives. I was one of those people who had abandoned my resolutions before the end of January. Most years my resolutions were a wish list only to be quickly forgotten. I’d accomplish a few things but most of my resolutions were still there, waiting for action, most likely ignored due to the busyness of each day, week, and month. I stopped making resolutions in 2013 after hearing a podcast with Dan Britton, Jimmy Page, and Jon Gordon. They’re the authors of a book, One Word that will change your life. Their premise is resolutions don’t work because the goals we set are “to do” goals rather than “to be” goals. To do goals limit our success to what we do whereas to be goals measure success by who we become. When we change the focus from what we accomplish to who we become, real transformational change is possible because our heart begins to change, and our actions follow. They propose a single word theme for the year, instead of creating a list of resolutions for the year. Having one word drives a laser-like focus because this theme applies to all areas of a person’s life for the year. Britton, Page, and Gordon refer to these areas of our life as six dimensions which include: Spiritual Physical Emotional Relational Mental Financial My words since 2013 have been Believe, Courage, Intentional, Boldness and Connected. One of the most interesting things to note was how my word applied to the six dimensions of my life. Putting them into practice hasn’t always easy but when I have, it has made a huge difference in addressing doubts, questions, and moments of being scared as I stepped into growth and new areas of my life. I have grown personally and professionally these past four years in large part because of these words. My word for 2018 is...

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Christmas Gifts

Christmas Gifts

Christmas is less than a week away. The phone isn’t ringing as often and email has slowed too, as clients, friends, and business associates prepare for Christmas. I attended my last holiday party on Sunday and we’re now finalizing our preparations to spend time with our kids and grandchildren. It promises to be a wonderfully noisy time filled with plenty of hugs, laughter, stories, gifts, and too much food. Christmas is a special time to me. I love the lights, the carols, and the smells of cookies and pies baking. The smells flood me with memories of the times when my kids were much younger and couldn’t wait to open gifts of toys. I still have a few gifts to purchase to round out what everyone’s getting and will summon the patience to enter the fray of one last trip to the mall. Even with that impending trip, I’m happy and joyful. I want to give gifts that each person enjoys and realizes I thought of them when I purchased it. I realize they want the same for Sheri and me when they ask us what we want. I don’t really need anything, although I wouldn’t argue with a pair of purple socks, or one of the books on my wish list on Amazon. The things I really want can’t be purchased online, wrapped in paper, and placed under a Christmas tree covered in lights. The gifts that are most important to me are the gifts of presence; time spent with each son, daughter in law, grandchild, and Sheri’s kids. It’s a meal around a kitchen table that is spiced with conversation, laughter, and the stories we share of what we’re learning. It’s hearing and sharing hopes, dreams, and even things that we’re facing that may be difficult. It’s reading a story or playing a silly game with one of the grandkids and getting with friends who are as much family as our blended family and sharing life’s journey. I’m reminded, though, that the holidays are difficult for some. I know people who are waiting on a doctor’s word of whether their treatment was successful, someone who’s lost a loved one recently, or have been through a difficult time. The gifts I want to share are; Courage for those who are afraid based on their current circumstances Faith for those who have none and are unsure what their next step is Hope for those who can’t see past their present pain Love for those who are alone and yearn to be held Laughter for those whose spirit needs to be lifted Persistence for those who are tired but need to take another step Vision...

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