How do we stay laser-focused and provide personal accountability moving forward in 2021? Well, we’ve got some great ways to help this morning…

Happy Monday friends! Thomas Joyner with Business on Purpose here.

So, a few years ago, my brother-in-law and I were sitting around the pool over the 4th of July just talking about the year. He was asking me a few questions about my year and how I stay focused on the direction I want to head.

I was a little confused about what he meant, so I asked him to elaborate a bit on what he was asking.

“Well, my word for the year is ____ and it’s been a great way for me to stay focused on what I want for our family and for me as a man.”

I was kind of embarrassed because I didn’t have anything like that. Now, I’ll be the first to say that I like being a free spirit. Putting labels on things feels so constricting and feels like it sucks all of the spontaneity out of life. Just ask my wife about the battle it was to just get me to click that little box on Facebook about being “IN A RELATIONSHIP!”

I felt like it would take the fun out of life and lock me in to a life of boredom.

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BUT…what I’ve realized as I’ve begun this practice is it doesn’t lead to a life of boredom, but a life of freedom. Freedom to choose what really matters in life and to go chase it. Freedom to stay focused on what I really want to focus on and not get distracted by the junk that tends to get in the way!

So…the past few years I’ve started to take the first week of the year to think, pray, marinate on the word or phrase I want to use, and chase after for the year. Some years I’ve knocked it out of the park and others I’ve looked up in June or July and realized I haven’t even thought about it since January. Having a baby or two will do that to you.


This year, my phrase for the year is Disciplined Peace. Disciplined Peace.

What does that mean?

Well, I felt like 2020 was marked by a lack of peace. The entire year felt like anxiety was constantly right below the surface. Chaos was forever in our faces. For me, my discipline went out the window as I felt like I was putting out whatever fire was right in front of me and just trying to survive. 

What I’ve seen at the start of 2021 though, is that the fires are still burning. They aren’t going away. So how can I have discipline in my faith, with my family, with my fitness, with my friendships (man a lot of F’s right there)…with having fun, with learning to rest, with my work. All of that! How can I be disciplined in the areas that matter, so that it frees me up and leads me to Peace?

At the end of the year, I want more peace in who I am, who I was created to be, where my family is headed, in my marriage, and in living life. 

So…Disciplined Peace. Knowing that if I’m disciplined in the things that matter, it will lead me to a life of peace.

Ok…let me turn it back on you. What’s your word for the year? What’s the phrase you want to hold onto to push you where you want to go this year? Don’t just make something up. Take a couple of hours or a few mornings this week to process it.


I’ve actually set aside time in my weekly calendar to ask the question, “Was I disciplined this week in a way that led me to peace?” I want that question before me all the time. So far, the answer has been yes! I’m excited! I’m motivated. And I’m making time for what truly matters.

How can you do the same? Please feel free to comment your word for the year. I’d love to hear what you’ve got and see how we can encourage each other over the next few months!

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Have a great week!


Scott Beebe is the founder of Business On Purpose, author of Let Your Business Burn: Stop Putting Out Fires, Discover Purpose, And Build A Business That Matters.  Scott also hosts The Business On Purpose Podcast and can be found at