If you’re like most people, each January goes something like this: You choose a problematic behavior that has plagued you for years, and vow to reverse it. In fact, you can  think of two or three undesirable habits—make that four or five. Thus begins the litany of imperfections to be perfected commonly known as New Year’s Resolutions.

Our resolutions to change seldom work because they center on the type of person we regret being rather than on who it is God is calling us to become. We need vision, not regret. Our list of resolutions also overwhelm our ability to focus.

The My One Word challenge is simple: lose the long the list of changes you want to make this year and instead pick one word that represents what you most hope God will do in you in the year ahead. This process forces clarity and results in focus.

It’s okay to want to be a better you—the question is, how? My One Word replaces broken promises with a vision for real change. When you choose a single word, you have a single focus. You are moving toward the future rather than swearing off the past.

Change is possible, but focus is required. So pick just ONE WORD.



Mike Ashcraft MOW siteMIKE ASHCRAFT is the senior pastor at Port City Community Church in Wilmington, NC. His passion is reaching people and helping them walk with God.

For seven years Mike has led thousands to abandon their resolutions in favor of choosing just one word to be their focus for an entire year.

A self-described “regular guy,” Mike says this approach to change and growth has worked for him. It can work for you too—choose a word and join the revolution!

Mike met his wife Julie in the second grade, and they have two girls. Besides life with his family and pastoring his church, Mike enjoys reading, running, rocking on his front porch (practicing for old age), and surfing.

Follow him on Twitter at @mikeashcraft.

Blog: http://blog.portcitychurch.org


Rachel Olsen MOW siteRACHEL OLSEN is a speaker, teacher and personal coach who helps people find their focus, connect with God, and create forward momentum.

She has authored the women’s book  It’s No Secretwritten for the Huffington Post Religion blog, edited Encouragement for Today, and contributed to the NIV Real Life Devotional Bible. She speaks at conferences and women’s events across the nation.

With a master’s degree in communication studies, Rachel is on faculty at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington—where her husband Rick is her boss.

Rachel has worked with Mike Ashcraft for the last ten years creating content for sermon series for Port City Community Church, her home church.

Follow Rachel on Twitter at @RachelOlsen

Read her blog at www.RachelOlsen.com