What Are Your Verbs for 2018?

Success Is About Verbs, Not Resolutions

I woke up on January 1st with the first clear thought I’d had in a week. I, like many of my friends, contracted a cold after Christmas, and it settled in my chest. This left me “cotton headed” as my English friend Geoffrey used to say. But for a moment I was clear.

This thought hit me, It is not about goals or resolutions; it is about verbs. What I do every day is what makes the difference in my life and the lives of others. Goals, on the other hand, are “out there.” So I started writing the verbs I need to be thinking, praying, and doing.

My 2018 Verbs

Love—Kathy, family, friends, and the people I meet.

Pray—Be in daily conversation with my creator and sustainer, Jesus Christ.

Read—For stimulation, ideas, and entertainment.

Speak—Share the wisdom God gave me over the years through my experience and observations.

Write—Share the wisdom and ideas God is giving me today. Hopefully, it will help my entrepreneurs and angels in their daily lives.

Multiply—Invest in leaders. Meet with leaders one on one and give them every opportunity to lead. Meet prospective leaders in small groups. Keep it going.

Exercise—As my now retired internist used to tell me when I was a runner, “Walk at a brisk pace for thirty minutes every day. That’s enough.” I don’t need to go crazy with this. Just move. I know…I need to eat right, too.

Ride—Riding my motorcycle is pure pleasure. Rocking out on the sixties and seventies music while cruising along takes me into another world. It is a total change of perspective.

Bless—Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” I want to be blessed so I will give daily. And I want the people around me to have the same opportunity for blessing. So I am going to ask them for their time, their treasure, and their talent.

Witness—Share my story every day as a witness for Christ and as a way to establish new and deeper relationships. And ask others to do the same. Everybody has a story, and it is always a great story. This is a big part of the richness and meaning of life for me.

Finding Everyday Fulfillment

When I wrote these verbs, I had a sense of peace. I just knew they were right. Right for me. Right for this time in my life.

I am going to review this list a couple of times a day, once in the morning and once at night. Each of these verbs is a part of my operating system. But I want to be sure I am taking action on each of these every day. Then I’ll know I’m staying in balance and on purpose. This makes for a fulfilling day.

I must confess. I hope I can ride my motorcycle every day, but that’s a tough one to fit in. Hopefully, I’ll do better this year. Also, I might have the same issue with exercise. And sometimes the writing. I’d better stop here. Worrying was not on the list of verbs!

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4 thoughts on “What Are Your Verbs for 2018?

  1. Engage. Mentor. Stimulate. Encourage. Leverage. Chill. Create. Apply. Abstract (as a verb). Simplify. Explore. Meditate. Daydream. Act. Envision. Execute. Impact. Question. Question again.