This is the First Year that I’ve Chosen a word for the year. The idea behind choosing a single word to embody all that you hope your year will be about.
My business this past year has developed into a new journey. God has directed me to become a Business coach to creative entrepreneurs. I have learned so much about myself and my business in 2017 that I want to sustain and empower in 2018.
I often wondered over the years how one word could completely encompass your whole business and personal life and relate to everything. But I prayed long and hard about where I will be taking my business in 2018 and there are 2 words that kept popping up repeatedly was Enlighten and Purpose.
The first thing I did was write down 2 columns on my notebook. In the left column I wrote The Yes’s I would accept in my life in 2018. In the right column I wrote down all the No’s I would not accept in my life in 2018. In these lists I made sure to include personal and business related yes and no’s. As your personal life intertwines into your business life more than you know.
Here are my 2 columns
The next thing I did was right down a list of words that enveloped the yes and no’s in my lists. I also wrote down words that while praying about kept popping up in my head. And lastly, I wrote down a word that I thought might go with the path I was taking my personal and business.
Here are my words
For some reason Purpose just kept sticking out right off the page at me. I took the word and dug a little deeper and here is what I found.
The KJV of the bible defines Purpose as PUR'POSE,v.t. To intend; to design; to resolve; to determine on some end or object to be accomplished.
Dictionary.com defines Purpose as noun the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.
The verb Purpose means verb
to set as an aim, intention, or goal for oneself.
The synonyms for purpose are Object, point, rationale, intention, mean contemplate, plan
In the British Dictionary the word purpose means the reason for which anything is done created or exists.
My next plan of action was to take it to the bible and find as man passages on purpose that I could find. BlueLetterBible.org is my go to place to find scripture based on phrases or words. I would encourage you to choose a word and find out what the bible says about that word.
The purpose of God
Job 33:17 says
“That he may withdraw man from his purpose and hide pride from man.”
(What I digested from this passage was to get rid of the pride that holds me back)
Ecc 3:1 says –
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”
What I grasped from this passage There is a purpose for everything God has planned out for our life we just have to figure out what that purpose is
2 Ti 3:10 says
“You, however know all about my teaching my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, and endurance."
This passage speaks mountains to me. I am in impatient person! I have been learning over the years to grow that patience. Here I am comprehending that my purpose is my way of life and in doing so I will have more patience, love, faith and endurance to sustain for the long haul
1 Cor 3:8 says
“The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose. And they will each be rewarded according to their own labor."
God rewards those who sow their garden with a beautiful Bounty. But if you are lazy in your sowing then your results will reflect that labor.
This verse alone was the most powerful in making my decision. We reap what we sow. If we want our business and personal life to prosper and grow it must be nurtured properly with Godly intentions and not laxed. If we maintain consistent beautiful businesses God will reward them with beautiful Bounties.
So, my one word for 2018 is PURPOSE
What this word will mean for me in 2018
I know that 2018 is not going to be any walk in the park. For that matter no year has ever been a walk in the park for me. Every year brings new challenges and new Delights.
If I let myself think about this year and all that it could possibly entail, then I could easily get overwhelmed and throw in the towel before it even starts.
Over the years I have did a lot of Goal setting and even though I think Goal setting is a very important part of your business Goals do not determine the outcome of any situation. No one knows what that outcome will be. Goals can help you reach that outcome but there may be trials and tribulations, family issue, work issues, set backs as well as triumphs past where your Goals were. I can only hope that doing my business and personal life with a PURPOSE will help to alleviate more of those speed bumps along the way. I have faith that God will guide me with the purpose that 2018 brings.
My Goal is to plan with purpose, work hard, stay focused, plant my seeds, and live faithful and on purpose this year.
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