One Word for 2019

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I am a goal oriented person. I like to make lists of things that I want to accomplish. For a long time I had a list of 100 things that I want to do before I die. But here is the thing about goals. Unless you are diligent about them and unless you have a plan as to how you are going to accomplish them – goals without a plan are just dreams. A few years ago I adopted a word system to help guide me throughout the year. I read a few blogs of people who were doing this and I jumped on the bandwagon. Here are the words that I used in the past 2011 –  Acceleration, Mindfulness, and Learning 2012 – Simplify, Share and Balance 2013-  Transform, Practice, and Completion 2014 – Create, Compete, Complete Then in 2015 I realized that my ADD was getting the best of me and I narrowed the list of three to a list of one. I used one word that would guide decisions and help me accomplish my goals for the year. In 2015 my word was Transform. In 2016 my word was Health. In 2017 my word was Inspire and in 2018 my word was prepare. By doing this I was able to accomplish many things in my life including start a podcast, lose over 50 pounds, participate in a mastermind, become a foster parent, build a website, attend conferences that have inspired me, take huge leaps in my financial management and so much more. In 2019 […]

Reflecting Upon 2018

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One of the habits I have adopted the last few years is to look back at my year and reflect upon a few questions:   What went well? What did not go well? and What changes will I make this year?  This year I want to take my reflection to the next level and deepen my reflection.  I am using an outline from Michael Hyatt.   If the last year were a movie of your life, what would the genre be?   If I was to write a movie of my life this past year it would be a drama.  So many wonderful yet challenging things happened this year. In January my wife and I finished our classes to become foster parents.  We finished our class on a Wednesday by Friday we had our first two foster kids in our home.   Over the course of the next six months we fostered 10 children.  As new kids came into our house we were driving around for parent visits, doctor visits, after school programs and whatever else came up during their stay with us.  I was one of the most difficult yet gratifying expereinces of my life, and there was plenty of drama. What were a few major themes that kept recurring?  The first theme of the year was saying good-bye.  Throughout the year we said good-bye to kids who stayed with us through foster care.  We said good-bye to a congregation and community that we dearly loved as I changed Pastoral […]