I’ve never had a “Word of the Year”. I’ve seen other people talk about it but never really felt any inclination to do it myself. It was recently brought up by my friend Jason Wert as he reflected on his word of 2010. Shortly after that, my Twitter friend Alece talked about doing One Word 2011. No resolutions, just one word.
After both of those discussions, I decided to do it. I’ve never been big on resolutions but I immediately thought about the definition of the word “resolution”. I thought of things I wanted to bring to a resolution in my life in regards to my past. That led me to the root of the word. After putting it in prayer, I decided on the word RESOLVE. I looked at it in 3 aspects.
6. to settle, determine, or state formally in a vote or resolution
It’s time to officially resolve some things in my life. I want resolution on old issues so I can focus on the present. I don’t want any residue of the past (disappointments, failures, relationships) determining my future. What’s done is done and it is time to stop looking in the rear view mirror.
18.firmness of purpose or intent; determination.
I want resolve to finish everything I start this year. I don’t want to leave anything half done. I want to fulfill my dreams, not just buy a DSLR camera and leave it in my closet. Not just pick up a guitar for 3 weeks, then put it back in the case. Not just write a business plan and then never get the business up and running. I want to walk with resolve and determination this year. I plan to fullfil my purpose with firmness and intentionality.
to solve again; to solve over and over
My buddy Keith Jennings gave me this idea. He said to me on his blog, “One way I love looking at this word is this: re-solve. As in, to solve over and over again. It suggests that we will encounter setbacks and get stuck, but these are temporary states that can be re-solved through the resolve of our quest.” I loved that, so I’m using it.
I don’t want to try once. I don’t even want to try twice. I have determined to be a problem-solver. I want to keep moving forward and not allow discouragement to cause me to give up or settle on mediocrity.
I’m determined for 2011 to be a year of RESOLVE, in all aspects of the word. I will close the door on the old, open the door to the new and with everything that the Lord puts in my heart, I will follow through with determination.
Have you ever done a “Word of the Year”? Do you have one for 2011?