Since the beginning of January, I have been working hard on my Powersheets, a tool that I would recommend to anyone who’s serious about setting purposeful, grace-filled goals for themselves, to come up with a focus for the new year. One thing I was taking a while to figure out was my word of the year. Here is the post I wrote a couple of weeks ago about my 2017 word. And, as of this weekend, 2018’s one-word battle cry is now written in my goal planner in pen.
The word is “Self-Talk”…
First, a little background. I have always been the kind of person who stops and considers most of the ideas or opinions presented to me. I want to hear what people have to say and try to understand where they’re coming from. However, that tendency becomes a trial when you live in a society that is so noisy and so negative. All anyone has to do these days is open one of their many social media accounts to be emotionally vomited upon multiple times in the span of a minute. And don’t get me started on the news networks… It makes you want to rethink having ears.
I felt overwhelmed and yelled at for much of 2017 and my penchant for over-analyzing messages drove me nuts. Add to that, the natural insecurities, doubts, fears, and lies that are just part of life, and I felt a little beat-up by the time December rolled around. That is why this year my word is Self-Talk. I acknowledge it’s a made up, hyphenated word, and I heard it on a random self-help blog, but it accurately describes what I intend to practice.
It is my God-given responsibility to speak truth to myself and be the gatekeeper of my own mental health, not constantly dizzied by what everyone else thinks or says. I haven’t figured out exactly what that will look like yet, but I had a few ideas: being careful to limit social media intake; practicing daily meditation; and soaking up scripture throughout the day, not just during my Bible time.
As believers in particular, we are called to “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every though to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
This year I will do my best to block every negative, hopeless lie that comes my way because one of the biggest parts of being obedient to Christ is trusting in His promises.
My other 2018 goals:
- Get more organized with personal finances
- Develop my writing skills (take a class)
- Establish and/or improve Sel Rosé’s operating systems
- Reach 1,000 email subscribers
- Memorize Romans 8
- Get in bed at 10 every night
I’ll let you know how it goes!!!
If you have a word of the year, what is it?? Any goals you want to share in the comments? Also, how are you coping with the increase in social noise?