Several years ago, one of the bloggers I was following suggested that instead of making New Year’s resolutions, he chose three words that would define and guide the new year. Since that time, it is how I have chosen to do my life as well. The three word concept is a simple one. You select three words that will define how your year will be guided. It’s kind of like looking at the big picture first and then focusing on all of the goals that align with the picture. For me, it defines the North Star for my new year. So, for 2014, here are my three words.

Gratitude

I will live in a spirit of gratitude. That means I will be thankful for the things I have in life. It also means I will express my gratitude for the things that are to come. I’ve long written a gratitude journal, where I write about the things I am thankful for in my life. I find if I put off doing that, life is so very different. During the times when I stay focused and do this every day, life just looks different. It is also more abundant. In the beginning, I must say it felt a little strange to be thankful for things that I did not already have, and yet it works. Six years ago, I began to write about being thankful for the awesome man I had in my life (I was divorced and not dating at all) and how I was grateful that he embraced all of my “must haves” on a list I had made. In a very short time, I met my now husband. He indeed did have all of those things on that must have list and I am so blessed to have him in my life. I’ve used this concept related to my business as well. I also find that when we are focused on gratitude, it’s pretty hard to be focused on fear or worry. The two simply cannot exist together. I’m excited about all of the things I have and will have to be grateful for in 2014.

Opportunity

In 2014, I will focus on opportunities. That means I will seek ways to build my business. It also means I will constantly share that opportunity with others. In this business, I believe the very best offering we have is sharing the opportunity with others. It is something that has the power to change lives. I love working with others to start and grow their own business. It allows us to create our own strong economy, something that really matters in today’s world. I will look for opportunities to bless others because of what I have been given. I believe the verse in the Bible that says “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” (Luke 12:48) Having opportunity comes with a responsibility to share it where we can. I will seek opportunities to bring joy to others in their lives. Opportunity will also be about finding ways to build others up and help them to see their own potential. I believe that these things are the greatest blessings for me and cannot wait to see what opportunity brings in the new year.

Inspire

Inspire has been one of my words for three years now. It is one of my favorite words because it speaks to my heart so clearly. I want to be inspired by the world around me. I want to always be able to see the beauty of the world as from the eyes of a child, who sees everything with wonder. I want to be inspired to be better, a better wife, a better family member, a better mentor, a better friend. I want the inspiration to complete the book I’m writing this year. Inspire is a two-part word for me. I want to inspire others to achieve their dreams and goals. I want to inspire them to first see and embrace their potential and then work to reach it. Inspire also ties into the word gratitude, because when we are grateful, we are more inspired by what’s around us.

These three words will create my north star for 2014. My goals and strategies will all be tied to these words in some manner. I cannot wait to see what it brings and how it will make this new year an awesome one. I’d love to share that journey with you!

What might your three words be for 2014?

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