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My One Word {2012}.

By Sydneygrace @SydneyGrace121

It’s totally already 4 {almost 5} days into 2012. Most people have already picked their word for 2012, but not me. I’ve been contemplating. I had an idea of what I wanted my word to be, but I wanted to be sure. It turns out, I’m sure.

so…my word for 2012?


to persist in anything undertaken; maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement; continue steadfastly.

I have high hopes for 2012. I want it to be a really great year.

I know that in 2011, my biggest weakness, the thing that brought me down the most, the thing that made me freak out more than a handful of times, the thing that made me disappointed in myself, was…

giving up.

in 2011, I started A LOT of new things. A LOT. More than I have any other year, I’m sure. and the thing is, I failed at most all of it.

I think my motto got skewed in 2011. I used to be the kind of girl who always tried her best, went above and beyond, and never gave up.

but this past year, something changed. I don’t like it at all. Instead of persevereance…laziness. It’s much easier to give up than to keep going.

but it’s so much more fulfilling to keep going.

I want 2012 to be a fulfilling year. and even if I’ve already failed at one thing… I still have over 360 days. The perfectionist in me, because I’ve already failed, would want to just wait until next year. Or at least next month. I really love new beginnings.

but that would be giving up. giving in. and I’m so done with that.

this year, I’m going to try.

When I take on a new committment, I’m going to hold myself to it. and is that going to be easy all the time? No. but is that going to be fulfilling all the time? YES.

Perseverance is so important for me. I’ve trained myself to want to give up or have a panic attack when I have to do something I don’t love.

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. {James 1:12}

“praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints…” {Ephesians 6:18}

as they say, out with the old, in with the new.

This year is going to be different for me, because I’m going to make it different.

I’m resolving to try. Try my hardest. Make the best of every situation. and if at first I don’t succeed?

That’s quite alright. but it doesn’t mean I’m giving up for good. It doesn’t mean I’m going up until next Sunday, or until February. Every minute can be a new beginning.

try, try again.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. {James 1:2-4}

I’m seriously ready to rock the socks off this new year.

I’m not giving up this year. I’m not giving in {to temptation or laziness} either. The only kind of giving I’m going to do is giving back.

I’m resolving to persevere through it all. The good. the bad. the exciting. Whatever life throws at me. Because while I know it certainly won’t be easy, I know how worth it it will be a year from now, when I’m looking back on 2012, to be able to say, “I DID IT.” about any one thing I had to work hard on this year.

This is going to be a joyful year. Such a joyful year. I can just feel it.

Persevere. persist. push on. be dedicated.

have a fabulous 2012, friends!

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