Well the day just passed. The day that Forbes Magazine reports that most people will give up on their New Year’s resolutions…. January 9th…. just nine days after they were made. Further, by the end of the year statistics reveal that just 8% of us will achieve our New Year’s resolutions. The challenge is that most of us have so many competing priorities that we are doomed to failure. According to Day-Timers, Inc, only 9 percent of people follow through and complete what they plan each day. However, with only a small twist we may be able to significantly different results at least in one area of our choosing.
3462_tonemappedsmall My friend and co-worker Jenn McCallum came in at the end of December and told me she had her word for 2015. I asked, “Your word?” She explained that each year for the last two years she has identified one word to be her core mantra for the year. A word that she resolves to live out each day. In effect this is her New Year’s resolution – to incorporate this one word into each day in some manner. She explained it was simple and effective and that she now had her word for 2015. Wow, I thought. That’s it! That’s a twist that each of us can employ to increase our chance of success – simply identifying one word to inspire and drive our day.
“Simply put one word sticks.” –

Come to find out, Jenn is onto something bigger than she imagined. What has worked for her for two years now has become a concept so powerful that a book has been written and it’s message featured in Fast Company Magazine and on CBS News and can be found at www.getoneword.com. If you had one word to inspire your 2015 what would it be? Focus? Laughter? Faith? Simplicity? Health? Integrity? Family? Attitude? Relationships? Growth? Financial Stability? Ross Garber shares, “There can only be one most important thing. Many things may be important, but only one can be the most important.” What one word most impact what is of greatest importance to you and those you care most about. What one word if focused on would energize your day, week, month, and year making each more rewarding, fulfilling, and exciting?


Author Robert J. McKain says, “The reason most goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first.” What is the word that if thought about first thing in the morning and the last thing at night would make your year more meaningful?

You must be single minded. Drive for the one thing on which you have decided.

– General George Patton

474_tonemappedsmallWill it work for you? I believe so. Gary Keller, author of The One Thing, offers, “Extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus.” You can’t get any narrower than one word. I have jumped on Jenn’s bandwagon and have chosen ‘service’ as my word for 2015 and I can say it has inspired each day. Each morning, service has set the tone for the coming day as I consider actions and steps that I can take each day to better support my family, co-workers, clients, friends, and charitable organizations that I am passionate about. Being already deep into January it has propelled me past the average quitting date for most people of January 9th and that is promising in itself.

Wishing you all a wonderful 2015 with whatever word you may choose to make this year all you want it to be. For you, what’s the word?

“Be like a postage stamp – stick to one thing until you get there.”

– Josh Billings