I’ve mentioned it before, but I like to create a set of goals for myself at the beginning of the year. It keeps me focused, on track, and really holds me accountable.

One other thing I like to do is find one word, just the right word, to become my mantra for the year.

Two years ago, I choose the word dream. I was dreaming about publishing my books at the time and it seemed like a huge dream, but one I was ready to pursue. I found visuals I could place around my office to keep me inspired. When I’d get discouraged, I’d focus on that one word and keep going.

Last year the word was believe. I had believe  quotes on my fridge, believe plaques in my office and I tried to remind myself daily to believe I could achieve my goals, that my dreams were coming true.

For 2013, my word is faith.¬† Faith has so many different meanings. It means more to me than words can describe from a Christian standpoint. It is also important to me for the simple meaning of taking that next step, even when you can’t see where your foot will land.

My dictionary defines faith as:

faith (noun) – a strong or unshakeable belief in something, especially without proof or evidence

I love how this word reminds me that just because I can’t see something, doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

As the year progresses, I hope to have an unshakeable belief in my dreams coming true – that hardwork, dedication and perseverance will pay off.

I found some awesome visuals on Pinterest, so here are a few I particularly liked.

faith taught to fly

faith all for the best faith answers I faith bigger than fear faith choose over worry

faith corrie ten boom

faith cs lewis

faith dreams happen

faith feed starve fears

faith frame life

faith holds future

faith makes possible

faith pink flower

faith seeing the light

faith taken step

If you see me using the word faith in quotes on Facebook, or randomly in posts, it’s because every time I see that word, it gives me a spurt of inspiration, hope for things I can’t yet see but am learning to believe in with all my heart.

Here’s to a year of walking in faith.

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