If you’re like most people, each January you choose a problematic behavior — or two, or three or four — that has plagued you for years, and vow to reverse it in the practice known as making New Year’s Resolutions. Mike and Rachel have done this too.

But the long list of resolutions overwhelms our ability to focus. centering us on the type of person we regret being, rather than on who we desire to become. We need vision, not regret.

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 or through 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. 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 teacher and personal coach who helps people create focus, manage their mindset and communicate better.

She has published books, written for the Huffington Post, been interviewed by Fast Company, edited Encouragement for Today devotions, and contributed to the NIV Real Life Devotional Bible. Rachel speaks at conferences and women’s events.

With a master’s degree in communication studies, Rachel is on faculty at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington—where she teaches alongside her husband Rick. She also runs the Novel Confidence coaching company for aspiring writers.

Rachel worked with Mike Ashcraft for over ten years creating content for sermon series for Port City Community Church.

Follow Rachel on Twitter at @RachelOlsen

Find Rachel on Facebook at RachelOlsen.P31