The Journey Begins

Welcome to the My One Word journey. Since 2007, this project has helped thousands of individuals move beyond broken promises of the past towards a brighter hope of who God created them to be. The challenge is simple: lose the long list of resolutions you want to make this year and instead pick ONE WORD. This process provides clarity by taking all of your big plans for life change and narrowing them down into a single thing.

For those who have been part of this experiment before, I am glad you are going to join us again this year. I hope God continues to form your character through your new word as He has done in the years past. To those who are hearing about this project for the very first time, we invite you to join us and pick one word for 2012.

Dont worry if a word doesnt come to mind right away. We encourage you to use the month of January to reflect and pray about the areas where growth needs to take place in your character. Then, on February 1, 2012, life with your One Word officially begins. This gives you some time to try it on and test it out before you are stuck with it.

Please share your word with us by posting it on our blog beginning this Friday and don’t forget to spread My One Word so we can say good bye to New Year’s Resolutions!

41 Responses to “The Journey Begins”

  1. Kenya Cross says:

    CHANGE is my one word.

  2. Minnie Lee says:

    My one word is blessed. I have been complaining a lot and forgetting that there is a God that has given me all I need and more. Thanks for the reminder!

  3. Maryann Johnson says:

    I will think about my one word for 2012 ~ I will pray that God inspires me and 2/1/12 I will be ready.

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  5. Sherry says:

    I love ‘My One Word’! I did this last year. My One Word for 2012 is Peace. Peace is defined on Wikipedia as: Peace is a state of harmony characterized by the lack of violent conflict. Commonly understood as the absence of hostility, peace also suggests the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships, prosperity in matters of social or economic welfare, the establishment of equality, and a working political order that serves the true interests of all. In international relations, peacetime is not only the absence of war or conflict, but also the presence of cultural and economic understanding and unity

  6. Kristen Kay says:

    My One Word is SURRENDER – in all areas of life and most importantly to God. His plans, His control, His design, His will. I can only be the best I can to glorify Him.

  7. Tricia Dawson says:

    Amazing concept! Already have a word in mind.

  8. Anna Warner says:

    Surrendered. I saw this on a friend’s Facebook. I started praying about my word. When God gave me this word I started fighting Him, and then came to the realization that my fighting this word just proves that it was the right word!

  9. Karen Vance says:

    TRUST- This is something I think I have conquered until a negative circumstance comes along: then fretting begins. My verses are Proverbs 3:4,5

  10. Diane Shields says:

    My 2012 one word – CONFIDENT!

  11. Shanna says:

    Relish is my word đŸ™‚

  12. Buddy Blake is to thank for forwarding me to this site. I have done the One Word in many of my presentations and articles over the years – I’m a believer. Here is my word for 2012 –> <– it is a public note on Facebook. Enjoy… and thank you for this post – love your purpose.


  13. Robin says:

    CLAY. Moldable, pliable, submissive to the Potter. Clay has no agenda of it’s own and is yielded.

  14. Cathy says:

    ACTION. No more excuses. Get involved and commit!

  15. Brittanie Mills says:

    My One Word for 2012 is PURPOSE.
    I want to live my life on purpose for HIS purpose. I want to be intentional about my actions, my words, my thoughts…my life.

  16. Cat says:

    My first time doing this and my word for the year is DEVOTION
    I am looking forward to see all I receive from my word

  17. Jessica Long says:

    My word this year is serve.

  18. Susie says:

    My One Word for 2012 — Return. I don’t feel like I’m as close to the Lord as I was in other seasons, and realize it is I (not He) who has moved. I need to RETURN — to actively put myself near Him, to do the things I used to do.
    I also found myself thinking of all those Return/ exchange lines after Christmas — what do people do with things given to them by others that they don’t want? Return them! So what about the hurts, the negative comments, the disappointments, etc. that have come my way? Do I keep them & let them hold me back or will I say, “No Thanks!” I will Return them to my Lord, and ask Him to exchange them for His peace, confidence, etc. For me this year, I think that Return will turn into a forward motion!

  19. Ann says:

    I feel like I need to have more compassion in my life especially for my husband because I know he does all he can for me to make me happy and satisfied with everything; plus I need to be more compassionate with others in my family. I love my one word .org because it’s like journaling.

  20. Chelsey says:

    My one word is “strength” for body, mind and spirit.

  21. Nicole says:

    I received such a blessing from choosing One Word last year. My word for 2012 is “Becoming.”

    Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. Col 3:10 NLT

  22. Kim Kelley Longbottom says:

    My one word is Mercy

  23. Shan says:

    Blossom is my word… đŸ™‚

  24. Sarah Hill says:

    I still have not quite landed on my ONE word for this year.. My word last year was ‘connect’. I love to reflect on how God has brought this into being true to my character this past year. I’m almost afraid to pick a word, that I may not see fruit if I do.. Maybe I should choose “TRUST”.

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  26. Kara says:

    Jump is my word for this year! I always stand back scared of what people will think of me or of messing up but I know there are things that God has purposed for my life and that I need to be obedient and just JUMP! So as I jump I am jumping right into His arms where there is shelter, safety and where I am cherished not matter my mess ups or mistakes!

  27. MISSY says:

    MY one word is passion…

    “When you set yourself on fire, people love to come and see you burn.” John Wesley

  28. susan baughman says:

    My word is respect

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  30. Allison says:

    I am new to Port City and also to My One Word and I am so excited that I have told my 9 and 5 year olds about it and they would like to join. As I pondered about My word, patience kept coming to me. So that is going to be my word.

  31. peggy says:

    My one word is healthy. Mike asked in the second week, what kind of person do you want to be in 2012 and the first word that came to mind was healthy.

  32. Courtney says:

    My word this year is independence. I have let myself become dependent on my significant other for happiness but this year I will strive to regain my independence and allow him the time to himself he craves. I will take the time to dedicate more time to the Lord and not so much to my relationships and fears.

  33. Georgie says:

    My word for this year is… Reconcile.
    To be reconciled with the plans and purposes God has for me… and to bring reconciliation to the world around me… Looking forward to growing in this.

  34. Marlene says:

    I need to learn to give Grace as God has given it to me.
    My verse is Proverbs 22:11
    One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend.

  35. Elaine says:

    My one word is Trust,been hurt in the past by a Church it has taken me over 20 years to come back I’m not ready to commit to anything right now.

  36. Kari says:

    My word is listen.

  37. Sue says:

    My word for this year is TRUST, as in TRUST in GOD. I started the “one word” last year when I heard it on K-Love. My word for last year was persevere, and I remembered/relied on this word many times through the year. My TRUST is in GOD!

  38. Josalyn says:

    My one word is Thankful.
    Being thankful for everything that God has done in my life and making sure that I tell people how thankful I am to them. I am a very criticial, over-achieving, perfectionist, so much that compliments are hard to come by from me and even harder to recieve, so I want to make sure I tell people how thankful and appreciative I truly am. In the past 5 weeks of using this word, it is already helping me achieve a more positive outlook and given me patience with things I would normally start yelling about. Thank you, Mike for your message and allowing God to work through you! I am truly blessed.

  39. Gayle Ludemann says:

    My One Word this year – whether I like it or not – is BELONG. This one’s going to be a tough one for me.