What is your “ONE WORD FOCUS” for 2020?

Did you know that a “One Word Focus” for 2020 could dramatically increase your effectiveness in the coming year?

There is incredible power in having a single focus!

Jon Gordon, Dan Britton and Jimmy Page have written an incredible book:  “One Word That Will Change Your Life.” They share:

“87% of us make New Year’s Resolution every year. Although these resolutions are meant to be good and well-intentioned solutions, unfortunately they are built on a flawed assumption of more effort,  willpower and goal setting. We set to-do goals instead of to-be goals.  Success is measured by what we accomplish instead of who we become.

Something needed to change.  In 1999 we discovered the solution to failed resolutions and unrealized goals. Instead of trying to develop more willpower we found a simple way to live more powerfully. Instead of creating goals and resolutions we found a single word that would be the driving force for the year.  No goals.  No resolutions.  Just One Word!  We simply developed a One Word theme for the year. It became a One Word Vision for everything and it changed our lives.”

Jon, Dan and Jimmy have also created a wonderful website to help you discover your One Word:    GetOneWord.com 

So what “One Word” has the potential of changing you and where you will find yourself at the end of 2020?

Here are “Words” I have focused on in past years:






Enlist Others 

(Yes I know this is two words – how would you shorten it to one word?)

What is your “ONE WORD FOCUS” for 2020?

Suggestion One:  Once you have chosen your “Word” for 2020 – make it visible!  Write it down!  Paste it on your mirror!  Paste it on your computer!  Paste it on your steering wheel!

Suggestion Two:  Every time you need to make a decision in 2020 make your “One Word Focus” part of your consideration.  Is saying “Yes” consistent with your “One Word Focus?”  or is saying “No” consistent with your “One Word Focus?”

Request:  Please share your “One Word Focus” for 2020 by entering it in the “Comment” section below:  Thanks!

One more Suggestion:  Now that you have chosen your “One Word Focus” for 2020 – might your company/team also want to choose a “One Word Focus” for 2020?  And/or might your family want to choose a “One Word Focus” for 2020?

Bob Tiede


Bob has been on the staff of Cru for 52 years. He currently serves on the U.S. Leadership Development Team and is passionate about seeing leaders grow and multiply their effectiveness. Bob and his wife, Sherry, live in Plano, TX and are blessed with 4 incredible children and 8 remarkable grandchildren.


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9 thoughts on “What is your “ONE WORD FOCUS” for 2020?

  1. Thanks Bob. I’ve been engaged in this practice for some time – even taught it to a Sunday School class 12/29. 2017 – consecration (Joshua 3:5); 2018 – relinquish; 2019 – relinquish (are you sure, Lord? That was last year’s word. The Lord: “I’m sure.”

    2020 – wholeheartedly resilient.
    Happy New Year!

  2. Pam says:

    Mine for 2020: Simplify
    Steve’s for 2020: Rightsize

  3. George Mamboleo says:

    Abundance. John 10:10

  4. Marilyn says:


  5. Beach says:

    For I is : honor others

  6. Pete Shockey says:

    “Identity” – my focus for 2020. Dr. Neal T. Anderson of Freedom in Christ Ministries said, “One of the greatest ways to mature in Christ is to continually remind yourself who you are in Christ Jesus. The more you reaffirm who you are in Christ, the more your behavior will reflect your true identity.” Blessings to you Bob and Sherry in 2020!

  7. My “One Word Focus” for 2020 is “TRANSPARENT” I have a small group in social media I send one word a week for them to use in a sentence or act upon and I have made this word which is the first one for 2020 my “One Word Focus” Thank you Bob

    1. Bob Tiede says:

      Lane – can you please tell us what “10X1M20” means?

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