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Choosing a one word resolution

Did you start this year off by making new year’s resolutions? Like most people, they were probably about quitting smoking, losing weight, spending more time with family, or improving some quality about yourself and your life.

But did you know that 9 out of 10 people will fail in keeping their resolutions? 50% of people don’t even make it to the end of January…

I say that not to depress you, but to offer you an alternative.

The bestselling author and motivational speaker Jon Gordon - someone I look to for inspiration - is challenging his followers to pick one word to define their year, and not specific or complicated resolutions that you might not keep.

His words over the past several years - Purpose, Surrender, Serve, Pray, rise, forgive, still and connected.

Those mean different things to different people, but the idea is pick a guiding principle that you want to live by that year, and stick to it. Maybe you’ll lose weight, maybe you wont, but if you live your life with purpose, or you live to serve - that’s something you can do every single day.

Gordon says most years, he doesn’t choose the word - it chooses him… Something in his journey leading into the new year becomes obvious to him, and that’s how he arrives at the word.

So think back on 2018, and look forward to 2019 — what one word will you choose to guide you through this year?

I’d love to hear the word you picked in the comments below, and as soon as I pick mine, I’ll make sure to share it with all of you.

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Not too late for your resolutions!

We’re well into the second quarter of the year, and as everybody gets ready for summer, it’s worth looking back at those new year’s resolutions, those goals you set for yourself, or for your company at the beginning of the year.

How far have you gotten towards reaching those goals? Have you stayed the course on the plans you made?

Now is a great time to recommit yourself to those goals, or even move the goal post if you have to — the important thing is to stay committed to the end zone while you still have a chance to make a difference.

As you move toward that end, it’s also important to remember who can help you get there.

Business associates, trusted advisors, family members, or friends — who is going to help keep you accountable for these goals?  Who can you call and ask for help along the way?

You still have more than half of this year to reach the finish line — no matter how far you’ve strayed from the goal — it’s never too late to step back, take stock of what you’ve done, reevaluate your plan, recommit yourself to that goal…

And don’t do it alone — get the help you need to win the game!

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