Forget All Those New Year’s Resolutions! What's Your ONE WORD for 2014?



Forget All Those New Year’s Resolutions! What's Your ONE WORD for 2014?


by Jeff Thoren, DVM, ACC, BCC

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In their book, One Word That Will Change Your Life, authors Dan Britton, Jimmy Page, and Jon Gordon explain how to simplify your life and business by focusing on just ONE WORD for the entire year. In early 2013, I decided to give it a try.

Now, almost a year later I can personally attest to the value of the process. My word for 2013, LIGHT, served as a constant reminder of my intention not only to be lighthearted regardless of my circumstances, but also of my desire to help others find a light to illuminate their path forward through my leadership and team coaching work.

As this year draws to a close, I'm excited about choosing a new word for the coming year and I hope you'll decide to find ONE WORD to focus on in 2014 too! The authors are right, "If you want your life to change, to be more rewarding and exciting than ever ... you can do it with just One Word."

Coaching Tip:

Here’s how to realize the power of ONE WORD in your life:

Step 1.  Look In: Prepare your heart by reflecting on what’s most important to you.

Step 2.  Look Up: Discover your word by listening for a single word that sticks with you. It might be a character trait, a discipline, a person, a spiritual focus, an attribute, or a value.

Step 3.  Look Out: Live your word by finding ways to intentionally focus on it and share it with others.

To learn more about discovering and applying your ONE WORD, visit

If you choose to select ONE WORD for 2014, feel free to comment on this post and share it with your friends.  Share your word and a brief explanation of why it’s important to you. I look forward to hearing from you!


Jeff ThorenJeff Thoren, DVM, ACC, BCC E-mail: Phone: 480-710-4347

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