It's time for choosing a word of the year. This is a practice that has been part of our business and our life for a long time.
We have been in the business of online courses, online teaching online business since 2014. That's when we opened our very first mastermind and coaching program. That was the year that the Lord impressed upon me this idea of a word of the year it's not original to me. There are lots of people who've written books about it one of the books that have impacted me the most is a book titled My One Word by Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen.
How do you choose word of the year?
We moved into 2014 and grew the business that we'd had for a couple of years. It was already branching out into this new area of mentoring and training others the Lord gave us the word Progress for 2014. Then in 2015, it was amplified now that we've made progress, let's blow it up bigger and so in 2015 it was Amplified and then in 2016, it was Expand.
The Lord put in our hearts that idea of expanding the lengths of your tent to prepare for the increase that God was sending. So, in 2017 He gave us the word Abundance. So, looking back at the end of the year in 2017 I joked with someone that it wasn't the abundance I had planned on. I was thinking of an abundance in terms of financial means. That year God gave us an abundance of growing and stretching experiences I won't call them trials, but they were stretching experiences.
Why I choose a word of the year?
So for the new year in looking, thinking, and praying over it over the last few weeks, the Lord has brought to me the word Plenty. You say, why plenty? Well, there's a lot we can learn from that little word.
I hope to dive into some of that with you today. But one of the things that Mike and Rachel point out in their book My One Word is Psalm 90:12 that says: “Teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.”
I think that's really interesting because God created numbers. God created everything that we know. There is no time in eternity when you think about the eternal God, there is no quantifying of eternity.
How do I choose a word?
Nothing is impossible. So, as you're planning out your year, and looking forward to the plenty that God is bringing. Make those goals big, make your plans big. Number your days. We use the 12 Week Year Book by Brian Moran in our business. It's one of the books that I read almost every year.
So how do we plan this thing in a way that is measurable, achievable, and that makes logical and financial sense for our business?
Once the plans are made how do we yield this to God? How do we make the plans and hold it loosely? Proceed with as much wisdom as he allows praising Him in every step for what He is doing in and through our business?
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