The One Word Resolution (2015 Edition)

For the past several years, I’ve foregone a traditional New Year’s Resolution for my professional development goals and instead have resolved to commit to one powerful word that can guide my focus for the upcoming year.

In 2013 it was “momentum“. In 2014 it was all about “possibility“.

As I look to 2015, my one word resolution shall be “execution”.

Not as in “Hey, let’s all go on down to the gallows and see this week’s execution,” but rather as in “Ok, I’ve surveyed what’s possible. It’s time to turn the dream of a world in which every presentation will be engaging and lead to change into a reality. Let’s move from talking and dreaming to the execution of this idea.”

Want to join me? Is there one word you can commit to over the next year to serve as your guide? Let’s hear about it in the comment section!

Whether you’re a regular subscriber or simply happened to stumble across this blog because you typed the wrong thing into Google and somehow you ended up on this page, I’d like to thank you for taking some time to read these posts. After 98 posts this year, it’s time for me to take a little break for the holidays.

I hope to see you back here on January 5th, when the wit and wisdom of the Train Like A Champion blog returns with all new posts on Mondays and Thursdays. For now, I’d like to say: Have a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

11 thoughts on “The One Word Resolution (2015 Edition)

  1. I’d also like to thank you for your commitment to this blog. I have been amused, inspired, and definitely trained by your many words of wisdom! Will have to give the word some thought. Have a very Merry Christmas – and please keep up this awesome blog next year!

    • Aw, thanks Judy!

      “I have been amused, inspired, and definitely trained by your many words of wisdom!” may just be the nicest compliment I’ve received!!

      Thank you for reading. I’m hoping to amuse, inspire and educate with 100 more posts in 2015.

      Don’t forget to return and let me know what word you’re thinking of driving you for 2015. I’m very curious as to what people have come up with on this one…

    • Thanks Jeanette!

      “Development” and bringing the business to the next level sounds ambitious. Reminds me of something I read in a book called “The E-myth” (about entrepreneurship) – it’s one thing to be really good at your craft (you, me, a lot of other blog readers – this is facilitation, training, etc)… it’s a whole other thing to be good at building a business. Sounds like the idea of a commitment to “development” will give you the best opportunity to take your business to the next level. I’d love to hear how it goes throughout the year.

      Good luck. And merry Christmas to you, too!

  2. Excellent word choice Brian! I foresee quite a bit of execution in my near future as well, but the word that resonates with me is Empower. I want to empower my learners to create and share their own learning. I have a myriad of ideas on how to do this, but my true sense of accomplishment will be whether or not I can honestly say I have done this by the end of 2015.

    • Ooooo. Empower. I like it, Shannon… and I’d love to hear more about your ideas. “Empower” is always one of those buzz words (especially in int’l development) that people often aspire to, yet end up with mixed results… do share your thoughts on how you (and we) might achieve it!

  3. “Execution”. I have to say that you picked a good one. I’m going to say Results. It’s not about theory (I know it is important). It’s not about design (also very important). It’s about results. How you get there is only important if it helps you get there again and get better outcomes the next time around.

    • Tim –

      Of course I picked a good one (you think I take this stuff lightly??). 🙂

      “Results” – that’s a pretty good one, too. At the end of the day, even with the best theory, the best design, even with the best execution… it’s all about the results. Did we achieve what we set out to do? (And how do we know?)

      Good luck in your pursuit of results. Drop me a line sometime and let me know how it’s going!

  4. Hi Brian –

    I’m so glad I found your blog this year. Your creative thoughts and approaches are inspiring. I frequently share your posts with my colleagues around the world.

    Thank you, keep up the great work and all the best in 2015! My word for the year is Engage!

    • Cheryl –

      Thanks for such nice words about the blog (and thank you for passing my posts along to your colleagues around the world!!).

      “Engage”. Such an important word – yes, for the learning and development folks, but really for anyone who wants to have an impact on others.

      Let me know how your epic quest for “engage” goes!

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