Can you believe it’s 2020?? This is the year we dreamed about as kids!! The possibilities, the chance to start over, the opportunity to focus on what’s important. Instead of setting a New Year’s Resolution, guide your year by setting your One Word Intention, your One Focus Word. This will help you set one goal, one focus, one thing to remember.
One Word Intentions & One Focus Words
Have you heard of setting One Word Intentions? Or as I like to call it, One Focus Word?
It’s where you choose a focus word to help you focus on what’s important, what you want to prioritize, what is life-giving to you.
Finally, I started this new practice of One Focus Word and it has helped so much with my reaching my goals, simplifying my focus for meditation, and having a unified business goal!! Also, I don’t feel pressured to set a ton of goals with too many different focuses.
New Year’s Resolutions Fizzle
Many people work hard at setting a New Year’s Resolution, but it’s so hard to remember it after a month or two. Why is that?
Forming a New Habit Takes # Days
Well there’s a saying out there, it takes about 21 days to form a new habit… but this is actually wrong!!
In a 2009 study, it takes approximately 66 days to new behavior to become automatic. That means it takes about 66 days to go from forming a new habit of drinking enough water to automatically drinking enough water.
What’s interesting, is that this study (published in the Eastern Journal of Social Psychology) states that it actually takes 18 to 254 days for a person to form a new habit. WOW!!
Forming a New Habit
Let’s think of it this way… what if it takes…
- 22 days (to begin) to practice a new habit
- 22 days to replace the old habit, by continuing to practice the new habit
- and 22 days to break the old habit by the new habit being easier and the old habit being less
- = 66 days to form a new habit that is automatic in your behavior
Totaling 66 days for a habit to be automatic. So that’s approximately 66 days for a habit to be automatic. So, for every New Year’s resolution, it takes approximately 66 days to form that one resolution as a habit.
Yeah, that mean’s that the New Year’s resolution is one simple goal. If it’s a complex goal, or many goals (as I usually do), then it’s taken down to simpler goals. Every simple goal takes 66 days to form a habit as an automatic one!!
Human Brain Remembers 3 Things
Did you know the human brain can easily remember 3 things at a time, really 3 words/phrases at a time. When you ask someone to go the grocery store and pick up 3 things, they can usually remember those 3 things (well sometimes).
But if you need to remember 4 or 5 things or more without writing them down, that’s more difficult, and many just say forget about it. It’s way easier if you can at least write a list, a text, something you can see and remember.
The brain can remember up to 3 things without a visual cue.
So, with a One Focus Word, you only have to remember one! That I can do!
One Focus Word = One Goal
One Focus Word helps you set one goal, one focus, one thing to remember.
How do you choose a word?
I love words, and I love choosing one word to encapsulate my intentions for the season.
So, how do you capture your intentions for the season just in one word?
One Word Questions
Read the question, then look over the word list and see if one of the Focus Words is a good match for you this season in your life.
- How do you want to feel this season?
Look over the word list and see which word(s) fit that feeling you want to have.
- What do you want to accomplish this season?
Look over the word list and see which one word or group of words describe what you’d like to accomplish.
- How do you want to grow this season?
Review the word list and see what word(s) best describes how you’d like to grow.
- What is one area you’d like to improve this season?
Look over the word list and see if a word or group of words capture how you’d like to improve.
- What do you want this year to be for you?
Write this out so you envision this year for you. Now summarize your writing into one word or phrase.
How do I set other goals with a One Focus Word?
This is the fun part, you can set a One Focus Word for your personal life, for your business life, for any part of you life that you want.
The way I like to do it simplifies things for me.
I usually choose One Focus Word for my personal life, and one for my business life. Sometimes they are the same, sometimes it’s two different words. Many times though, I love it when it’s the same word!!
How long it take to choose a One Focus Word?
It can take as long or short of a time as you need. I am a simplifying phase of my life, where I need to choose one word to encapsulate my goals into one focus.
So, I take a week to peruse over many word lists on Pinterest. Yep, I do this for fun!! Then I narrow it down to my top 3, and then choose my favorite one.
If that would help you to see word lists, you can download 88 Focus Words here for free & checkout my Pinterest Board with more word lists. Both the free printable and my Pinterest link is at the bottom of this article.
My One Focus Word
For 2020, I am choosing a One Focus Word over a New Year’s Resolution.
My One Focus Word is …
This year I plan to be Intentional with my choices, my relationships, my time.
Intentionality to me means that I choose wisely, I choose with a purpose, I choose carefully for a reason.
To be intentional, I need to slow down more often than I used to, not push through or hurry.
This slowing down is good for my health overall, because I tend to go ninety to nothing and keep the pedal all the way down till I drop. This is horrible for my body and my emotions, not to mention especially on my family and friendships.
My One Focus Phrase
I think in terms of phrases really, not just one word, haha! Yes, after this whole article talking about One Word, I’m going to buck the system and choose a phrase of two words for this year.
My One Focus Phrase… especially for business is…
To launch slowly means to be Intentional about it, carefully planning, baby steps of progress, moving slowly on purpose.
Slow launch is intentional.
This my One Focus Word & my goal = (Intentional) Slow Launch
I italicize the word “Intentional” because I imagine the slow launch is intentional as well.
What is Your One Focus Word or Phrase?
Take a few minutes or a few days to think about what you want this year to be. Instead of a New Year’s Resolution, try choosing a One Word Focus or Phrase.
Look over the questions mentioned earlier in this article, they may help you choose a word or phrase to capture what you want for this new year: One Word Questions
This is your year, make it a great year to remember.
It doesn’t have to be anything too hard, it can be a baby step in the right direction you want to go. Many of my goals have taken years to get there and it’s been so worth it!
Write down one word that is meaningful for you to capture this year. Or at least write down your ideas, your most meaningful words to help you guide this year.
88 Focus Words
I love word lists, they inspire me, help me with my wording, and capture the very essence of what I’m trying to say.
So, I love Pintersting, reading over all the fun Pins on Pinterest!!
I’ve gathered One Focus Words for you that are motivational, passionate, and wellness-oriented.
Pinterest Board: Goals & Wellness
Want more word lists?? No problem, there are lots more on my Pinterest board.
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Check out my Pinterest board: Goals & Wellness.
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