Your ONE WORD goal for 2013 : Part II

Read Part I HERE.

Just one word for the whole year?

Yes! Don’t you love it!?

Or maybe not the whole year. In my experience the usefulness of my word can die out after about three months or so. If that happens to you, just pick another word that has meaning and motivation right then. Don’t force it; go with a new word.

There are no “One Word per year!” rules.

Sometimes you’ll have a One Word Goal for a few months, pick a new word for a few months, then come back to the first word later. In later years a word may come back and be useful again for a few months.

One year I had four words at once: “Trust. Don’t. Be. Do.” Someday I may share with you what that meant, but like I said, it’s personal. Make it work for you.

What if you don’t have a word in mind right now? How do you find your word?

  • First, think of your goals – just the ones you can name off the top of your head
  • OR think of the few changes that would make the biggest difference in your life right now
  • Now, what ONE action or attitude would make a big difference in achieving most of those goals or changes? (remember my example of my word ‘engage‘)
  • Can you think of a WORD that describes that action or attitude?
  • Verbs are good
  • Something loopy that only you appreciate can be good – like a little joke with yourself
  • It must be useful – when you hear your word you have to be motivated
  • Don’t over think it – what one change in your attitude or behavior would make a big difference? What one word covers that?

So what’s your One Word Goal for 2013 and why did you pick it?

About the Author


Gary Morland helps you feel better about your most challenging family relationships, and helps you actually improve those relationships - all by adopting simple attitudes, perspectives, expectations, and actions (the same ones that changed him and his family).


  1. Abbie

    My word is HOPE. (I left it yesterday b/c it’s been rattling around my head for weeks already as my word.) I will hope in God’s provision, love, justice, etc for me and mine. He has a plan, it’s beyond amazing and I’m just along for the ride. To hope even when I can’t see my way out of the current circumstance. I will hope. And He will provide even that when I can’t.

    • Just having a word isn’t magic, is it . . . faith and your will are involved. Thanks Abbie.

  2. My word is graciousness. I want to speak and be gracious…and it can only come from spending time in God’s word and meditating on it and putting it into action. Thanks for your posts….very encouraging.

  3. Julie Hicks

    My word is intentional. I chose it because it covers everything – relationships, diet, health, exercise. I want to quit smoking – being intentional about my health; I want my marriage to thrive and improve – being intentional about my relationships. Intentional has been in my mind for over a week now – before I even read your first post about this. I love, love, love it! (And I’m on Day 2 smoke free!)

  4. Tina

    My word is intentional. It has been simmering in my mind for about three months now. It came about at a ladies bible study I attended, when the speaker said that christians usually have many reasons for not reading the bible (can’t understand, difficult wording..) but we have to be intentional in reading it. This word has been coming up now for months in various ways in my life. I have indeed been intentional with my bible reading and alone time with God. It has brought me to your blog and for that I am thankful. Your words bless me. Your story has blessed me!! I look forward to seeing how God continues to use this one little word in my life in big ways.

    • And just taking time to leave a comment is intentional. Thanks for the encouragement Tina

  5. Joy

    BELIEVE. I must believe that I reallly am a Child of God. I am not junk. I am made in God’s Likeness. I am beautiful, smart, capable, loving, forgiving. I believe God is my shepherd, I shall not want. He is with my always and protects me. No one can harm me with slanderous speach or writing or gossip.

  6. TammyBoltWerthem

    HI Gary, I found you because you commented on my sister’s post on Goins Writer. Love your site, especially the catchy header.

    You and I have sobriety in common. I have been clean for over 8 years, all glory to God and an amazing community of believers.

    My one word for 2013 is INFLUENCE.

    SO glad we found you. looking forward to reading more of your heart. Blessings. tammy at

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