Francis Howell Middle School

Francis Howell Middle School
Francis Howell Middle School

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Say goodbye to the “New Year’s Resolution”…

Each December, usually on the 31st, I would create my list of resolutions for the new year. Needless to say, by the end of January, I have broken most of them or I’ve tossed them by the wayside.  One year ago today I was watching the Today Show with Al Roker and Natalie Morales. They interviewed Jon Gordon ( @JonGordon11) author of One Word that will change your Life. Jon shared his “One Word” initiative or project. Jon tells us to select one word that will guide and direct us throughout the new year.  For many that “one word” jumps out at you, for others it takes some soul searching. Jon explained the three step process: 1. Look In, 2. Look Up, and 3. Look Out.

Look In: What do I need? What do I want? What do I need to focus on?
Look Up: Look to God. There is a word that is meant for you. When you are “open” you will find this word.
Look out: Live your word. Make this word a part of your life.

So after watching the interview I selected my word for 2014 (Character). As a National School of Character I wanted to keep “character” at the forefront or top of my daily agenda. I wanted to make it intentional and purposeful. I wanted a simple daily reminder. Then I met with my administrative team and they each selected their word. We introduced the One Word initiative to our staff. This has helped each of us stay focused throughout the year. We even had teachers lead out the initiative in their Character Connection Classes.

So, now it is January 1, 2015, and my One Word is Dilgence (careful and persistent work or effort. Synonyms include: conscientiousness, persistence, rigor). This single word will help me achieve both my personal and professional goals. It worked for me in 2014 so I know it will do the same in 2015!

Here is the link to Jon’s One Word Website: http://getoneword.com/
This link takes you directly to the Poster creating site: http://getoneword.com/share/
Watch Jon’s Today Show interview: http://www.today.com/video/today/53957503#53957503

So my challenge to you today is to revisit how you use the New Year’s Resolution and rethink how “One Word” could transform your focus for 2015. Say Goodbye to the New Year's Resolution and say Hello to One Word.  Allow this very simple concept help transform and redefine how you can use a single word to provide direction and focus in all that you do! 

I look forward to hearing how “One Word” impacted your year.



5 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this in #ptcamp. I know our #oneword challenge will help make 2015 the #besyearever.

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  2. I love your word Ted. After getting to know you in 2014, I feel confident to say that you are in deed a man of exceptional character. From a fellow 'do-er' I can't imagine you being more diligen-t so I'm excited for this year to showcase your growth.

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  3. Ted- I can't wait to see and hear how your one word transforms through the 2015 year! Our PLN will continue to learn from you and be inspired by you. Ditto what Sheila said #bestyearever :)

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  4. Thanks again for sharing the One Word spark, Ted - looking forward to all that 2015 brings!

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  5. So after watching the interview I selected my word for 2014 (Character). As a National School of Character I wanted to keep “character” at the forefront or top of my daily agenda.

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