Don’t Do Resolutions: Pick One Word Instead

WELCOME to a New Year, New Decade, New You….yes, yes, yes. It’s here. New Decade or not, though, one thing is for certain: we keep making resolutions and we keep breaking them. Ninety-two percent of us will make resolutions this year, yet again, and only 8% will supposedly keep them (or at least that’s what they say). Rather than making another list of resolutions to be broken yet again, we’d like to propose a new option for you: choose One Word. Yes. One Word. It’s a powerful practice we’ve instituted for two years now. This year will be our third. In 2018, our word was Purposeful. In 2019, Grateful. Twenty-nineteen posed a unique learning experience for us that we’re going to carry into 2020: making your One Word a habit. One Word can become One Habit that you can keep this year. As Aristotle once said, “Excellence is a habit.” Most of us want to become a better version of ourselves. A new habit is a perfect – and perhaps the only – way to do that. Character is formed from habits. Real change comes about because of new habits. So try picking One Word and making a habit out of it.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle

Last year, we picked Grateful and kept a Grateful Journal each day in order to foster the practice of deep and specific gratitude. It was so life-changing, we ended up having our best year EVER at ADS because of it! This year? Our word is Miracle. This word is based off of the book “Miracle Morning for Entrepreneurs” (except now, we’re reading the original “Miracle Morning“).

A Miracle Morning is practiced through this acronym: SAVERS –

  • Stillness
  • Affirmations
  • Vision
  • Exercise
  • Reading
  • Scribing

I practiced a month of this back in the summer and thought it was amazing!! So picking the word Miracle as my One Word for 2020 means I’m looking forward to developing this habit of a Miracle Morning.


What about you? Will you let go of the resolutions and pick a One Word this year? Let us know in the comments below. In the meantime, check out our video and podcast about this topic: