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  • Writer's pictureNicole Hutchison

The Power of Just One Word

Updated: Apr 13, 2022

“Remember, you have only one ride through life so give it all you got and enjoy the ride.”

—Jon Gordon, Author of One Word that Will Change Your Life

How do you stay organized and on-task? Goals? To-do lists? One of my husband’s favorite things to do is to make lists. He has lists of lists, I’m sure. He will add something he has already completed to his list simply for the satisfaction of crossing it through. I tease him, but it works for him.

Whatever your method for staying organized and on-task, if it’s working for you stick with it! I keep both a digital and paper calendar, I pray and meditate, I journal, and I keep to-do lists. These all help to keep me organized and productive each day, but I will admit they can often feel overwhelming.

I was introduced to the “one word” philosophy a few years ago, and I have found it to be very helpful in maintaining clarity and focus in my life. According to author Jon Gordon, there are three steps to discovering your word.

  1. Look in: Prepare your heart

  2. Look up: Discover your word

  3. Look out: Live your word

To learn more, consider reading the book or download the action plan here:

This year, my one word is “calm.” When I feel overwhelmed, I take a moment to breathe and remember my one word. By simplifying everything down to one word, I’m able to prioritize what should stay on my calendar and my lists—and what I can let go of. This helps me to be sure I’m making the most of this one life, and enjoying the ride!

Coach Nicole

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