As we’ve entered the New Year, I’ve noticed a lot of buzz on the Internet and in the writing community about having a special word for 2015. A word that summarizes our aspirations and our dreams. A word to help us set goals and focus on achieving them throughout the year. Last week, I shared a post from my friend, Paula Bicknell. http://www.henrymclaughlin.org/new-year-new-words-2/
During my prayer and meditation time, one word has stood out to me. The more I’ve pondered it, the more it’s become not just a focus word, but a challenge word as well. The challenge is what am I going to do to make it happen.
The word is CLOSER.
There are so many aspects to this word, I don’t think I can cover them all in one post.
The first aspect is growing closer to God. The challenge is how do I implement this: by being intentional with him. First, more time in Bible study and prayer. I’ve committed to reading the Bible through in one year, using an NIV version that is in chronological order and has a study guide. NIV is usually not my first choice but I’ve definitely felt a call to step out of my comfort zone in this area.
Besides study and prayer, I’m setting aside more contemplative time. Time to sit, turn off the distractions, and listen.
One of my goals for this aspect of Closer to Him is to get hooked up with a good church. There are no perfect churches because there are no perfect people. I believe God will direct us to the church he wants us in.
Another aspect for closer is in my work. The focus is growing closer to being the best writer, mentor, and coach I can be. The challenge is identifying what I can do to achieve these. The first step is to take what James Scott Bell calls a Vision Day. http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/12/make-next-year-best-of-your-writing-life.html
I’ve already set a date for my Vision Day where I’ll set goals, look for ways to simplify my life, and list all I’m grateful for. I’ll also identify other areas to focus on: writers’ conferences to help me grow and learn my craft, purposeful and specific actions for finding an agent, learn all there is about indie publishing, prepare to teach and coach the craft by improving not only my craft but my ability to communicate effectively.
What is your word for 2015? What are your plans to implement it?