A Year of Determination


Weight. Job. Family. Money.

We all choose words that define what we hope to accomplish in the new year. Whether it is a formal “New Year’s Resolution” or a desire we contemplate internally, a new year provides a natural rhythm for personal growth.

My word for 2014 is determination. For me, an attitude of determination is what is necessary to fulfill all the roles I currently play in life.

Below are my determinations for 2014. I invite you to consider the roles you play and how 2014 will be instrumental in developing each role.


I am determined to spend quality time with my wife.

As I invest time in my blog and building my side business, there is a growing temptation to neglect the person who has been the most supportive of my dreams. I am set on not neglecting my wife and continuing to demonstrate to her that she is my top priority in life.


I am determined to invest generously in my family. With one son turning two and another son arriving in February, investing in my family will become more time consuming than ever. Meeting the needs of two young boys will be unlike anything I’ve experienced. I am resolved that my boys will know me well as a result of the time we share together.

My legacy with my family is all that will remain once I’m dead and gone. I will not leave that legacy to chance.


I am determined to not rest passively on my dreams. I will be strategic in choosing how much time I invest in realizing my dreams. Moreover, I will be strategic in choosing WHAT time I will invest. I have an intense focus on managing my time well so I can accomplish something extraordinary with my life.

I will not be content with floating through life. I want to win the race.

Your Word

What is your word for 2014? When the craziness of life sets in and you are tempted to revert to old ways, what word can you lean on? What word will remind you of who you hope to become, using 2014 as the spring board?

5 replies
  1. Christopher Pilon
    Christopher Pilon says:

    My word for 2014 is ministry. I feel like I lost focus this past year on what’s important to me and why I set out to do anything, and I want to make sure that everything I do (family, church, work, blog, podcast) all have some connection to how God is guiding me to minister to others. I love your goals, by the way, especially the idea of the legacy you want to create for your boys. Happy New Year, Dave! Hope it’s an awesome one – I look forward to seeing where we end up at the end of the year.

    • Dave Shrein
      Dave Shrein says:

      Thanks Chris for sharing. Ministry is never ending and always calling. I love the intentionality you’re taking for 2014 to recognize the connection everything has to ministry.

      Thanks for the words. I’m excited to see what happens by the end of 2014 as well 🙂

  2. Carlos
    Carlos says:

    My word for 2014 is Hustle. There are so many things I want for myself and family and the only way it can happen is if I hustle.

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