Embrace the Power of One Word 365: A Transformative Approach to Goal Setting for 2024

Thirteen years ago, I was introduced to One Word 365 when I read the book, One Word That Will Change Your Life. And to say that the book lived up to its title would be an understatement.

It wasn’t just the intriguing title that captured my curiosity, but the compelling promise within the introduction that convinced me to make the purchase:

“If we could give you one thing that would improve your life in incredible ways, would you receive it? And if this one thing was so intuitive and easy to use that you would be crazy not to try it… would you give it a shot?”

As December of 2010 rolled in, I found myself in a challenging period. The year had thrown various obstacles my way, both personally and professionally. While the dealership was thriving, my battle with Merkel Cell cancer, which had metastasized, required three surgeries and over sixty radiation treatments. The toll it took on me was undeniable.

My instinct was always to power through challenges, but cancer brought a different kind of exhaustion. That’s when “One Word” entered my life, and, reflecting on my state, I chose the theme for the upcoming year – “Pause.” Little did I know that 45 days later, I would learn of my cancer’s return for the third time, now with a stage 4 diagnosis.

For me, the word “Pause” under those circumstances became synonymous with transformation.

Since that pivotal year, I’ve introduced the concept of One Word to family, friends, and interested business and life coaching clients.

The consensus?

Adopting a One Word 365 mindset brought clarity, purpose, power, and passion. All of which served as driving forces that kept their vision alive for the next 365 days.

But how can something so seemingly simple be so effective?

The answer lies in the power of words.

Words, when used thoughtfully and intentionally, possess transformative power. They inspire, motivate, and energize. Words can heal, encourage, and turn the seemingly impossible into the possible.

The magic of the One Word 365 mindset extends its impact to the core components of life, what I like to call the Six F’s:

Faith, Family, Friends, Finances, Fitness, and Fun!

And trust me… there is a word out there waiting for you.

Are you ready to embark on the transformative journey of One Word 365 for 2024? If so, download a FREE COPY of my One Word 365 Workbook which walks you through the process of selecting a word for 2024!

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Want to learn more… check out this video and discover the potential that lies within a single, powerful word.

You see, when a compelling vision is combined with a single word that describes a desired outcome with laser-like focus… transformation occurs!

Here is a link to order your own copy of One Word That Will Change Your Life book! 

 

As you can see from the image above, I’m still contemplating what my One Word 365 for 2024 will be. That’s ok, sometimes it takes time! Check back next week, and I will post my word along with why it is important to me for 2024. 

And if you need some assistance getting started with One Word 365 for 2024let’s chat!

Wishing you a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2024! 

Connected is My One Word for 2023

My One Word for 2023 is Connected, Tom Martin Coaching

Happy New Year to all of you, and I truly hope 2023 is off to a great start!

As I mentioned in my previous One Word 365 post, every year I choose a word to be my theme for the year. This word serves as a focus, a north star if you will, that helps me live next twelve months intentionally and with purpose.

Initially, I thought my One Word for 2023 would be “connection” … but as I worked through the action planner and prayed over the New Year it was clear that my One Word 365 for 2023 needed to be “Connected”.

I’m developing the game plan for how I plan to Live Out my word Connected. But I can already tell it will involve some planting and pruning.

  • The pruning involves removing certain things from my life that would keep me (the looking back in the action plan reveals this) from being connected to what matters most to me in 2023.
  • The planting consists of adding new disciplines and incorporating new behaviors which allow me to be connected to the people, the organizations, and the causes that matter most to me in 2023.

But know this…

Living out your One Word is a journey!

The One Word 365 journey is much like planning a trip to a place you have never been before. You start by asking yourself questions about the things you want to experience while you’re there. And continue to ask questions the more time you spend in that place.

For me the questions I’m asking myself at the beginning of my One Word 365 journey look like this:

Who and what do I need to be connected to at a deeper level than I currently am in 2023?

What are the things, and maybe even people, that I need to be dis-“connected” from in 2023? 

I will use personal, business, and spiritual goals and objectives as a guide to help discern what these are.

  • But I can already say technology is on my list. At certain levels and in certain cases technology is a great mechanism to do more and achieve much. But technology can also be an impediment that distracts attention, derails momentum, and can lead to isolation.

Speaking of isolation…

A high percentage of people these days are experiencing feelings of isolation, loneliness, and a lack of authentic community. And there are not any societal, cultural, or economic barriers to these feelings.

This can especially be true with business owners who hesitate to bring problems home to their spouses. They don’t want to share concerns with employees who look to them to have all the answers. And high percentage are hesitant to talk to fellow business owners when facing challenges for fear they may lose the respect of their peers.

Another question I’m asking is, how can I facilitate business owners being connected with each other?

  • Something that would end isolation, and open the door to conversation and collaboration in meaningful ways.

Giving Back…

Another area of personal interest and something I’m involved with and serve in, is men’s ministry.

At the church level, I have served as a Re:New mentor. This involves meeting with guys who are in the midst of a crisis, be it life, career, or faith. Or it can men on the other side of the crisis with questions about how faith and God factored into what they just experienced. I’ve also served as a small group leader for men’s groups and with my wife in couples’ groups.

At the faith-based organizational level, I serve on the board of One Thing Ministries. One Thing Ministries operates One Thing for Men, a weekly men’s group Bible study. We meet on Fridays in Alpharetta Georgia but we have a global reach with the One Thing for Men YouTube channel and the sharing of all our Bibles study resources.

A question I’ve been wrestling with is, why are those doing men’s ministry around Atlanta not “connected”? 

  • There would seem to be great value in being connected as brothers in Christ to facilitate the exchanging of ideas, possibly sharing or co-opting of resources, cross promoting each others events, and a host of other things. 
  • And if there already is some association, do I just not know about it? Is this something I might want to be connected to? Or is this something that should be created? I don’t know but check back and I share what I learn during the year.

Ultimately, for me in 2023…

Being connected is about relationships!

It’s about investing my time going deeper into the meaningful relationships I’m blessed to have. And it also about investing my energy serving in and creating environments where relationship can develop and thrive.

How about you?

What is your One Word 365 for 2023?

Leave your One Word in the comments and feel free to share why this word is your focus for the upcoming year!

One Word 365 for 2023

One Word 365 for 2023 image with picture of book cover to One Word That Will Change Your Life - Tom Martin Coaching

Twelve years ago, I read the book, One Word That Will Change Your Life, and to say that the book lived up to its title would be an understatement.

I think is it was the title that captured my curiosity. But it was the promise within the introduction that compelled me to purchase the book:

If we could give you one thing that would improve your life in incredible ways, would you receive it?

If this one thing was so intuitive and easy to use that you would be crazy not to try it, would you give it a shot?

It was December 2010 and I found myself in a bit of a funk. The year had been filled with challenges, both personal and professional.

The dealership was having a great year, but battling a rare form of cancer that had metastasized, three surgeries, and over sixty radiation treatments had certainly taken its tool.

My nature was to power through obstacles and challenges when they appeared in my life or arose in my career. So, when cancer was introduced into my world, I took the same approach. But in doing so, I was exhausted.

So, after reading One Word, and considering my current state of exhaustion, the one word theme I chose for the upcoming year was “Pause”.  But little did I know, some 45 days later I would find out my cancer had returned for a third time, with a stage 4 diagnosis.

The word “Pause” for me, that year, under those circumstances, was transformation!

Since then, I’ve shared One Word with family, friends, and in my coaching practice. And most would say that by adopting a One Word 365 mindset, they found clarity, purpose, power, and passion. All of which were driving forces that kept the vision alive for the next 365 days. 

How does something that sounds so simple, work so effectively?

Words are powerful!

When words are used thoughtfully and intentionally, they have the power. They can inspire, motivate, and energize. Words can heal, encourage, and make what seems impossible… possible.

The simple power of the One Word 365 mindset impacts the key components in your life. Something I refer to as the Six F’s: Faith, Family, Friends, Finances, Fitness, and Fun! 

There is a word out there for you!

If you’re ready to get started with One Word 365 for 2023… watch out this video!

You see, when a compelling vision is combined with a single word that describes a desired outcome with laser-like focus… transformation occurs!

Here is a link to order your copy of One Word That Will Change Your Life! 

A list of the words Tom Martin has selected over the years to kick off the New Year as part of One Word 365.

As you can see from the image above, I’m still working through the One Word process of deciding what my One Word 365 for 2023 will be. But check back next week, and I will post my word here along with the reasons why “this word” is important to me for 2023. 

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And remember, if you need some assistance getting started with One Word 365 for 2023let’s chat!

Wishing you a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2023!