Every year since around 2006, I’ve been challenging people to forego the idea of a resolution, and instead, to come up with 3 words that will help you define your goals and experiences for the coming year. Resolutions are often too vague, or too directed towards one goal. It might be “quit smoking” or “lose 20 pounds” or “get hired.” These are all fine aspirations, but I challenge you to dig deeper, to find three words that could be used as lighthouses to guide you through stormy seas, that can be used as flags on the battlefield of your challenges, words that will bolster you and give you a direction that goes beyond the goals you might attach as a result of these words.
This year, I’ve got a little something more, thanks to Jacqueline’s post. Now, not only will I stick to my three words, but I will use Jacq’s idea of #12in12 to execute on the meaning of those three words every month. I invite you to do the same. It really seems like the best way to stay very mindful of your 3 words and their place in your life.
My 3 Words for 2012
My three words for 2012 are:
Temple – I will treat my body like a temple, and in that, I have incorporated my fitness and nutrition goals, my sleep goals, my health goals, and all that I can do to improve my body so that I can be a much more successful person in 2012. My first #12in12 for this will be 31 days of yoga with Jacqueline, and also a return to 31 days of 80/20 paleo (I have a little bit of dairy). It will also impact what I consume for media, and how I spend my time.
Untangle – I will work from my own core. I will let neither praise nor criticism get in the way of my efforts. I will work from the strength of meditation and I will work from making sure that I’m driving my personal life, my business life, and all my other responsibilities from a clear and simple perspective. This also means that I will keep Human Business Works very sane and focused instead of all over the place. This also means I will stop acting like I have ADD, and I will focus on a few things and do those well, instead of a lot of things and just barely succeed.
Practice – The practice is the reward. The practice is the reward. Practice means that I will remember to do DAILY what needs doing. I will look at all of my larger efforts in life as the results of the work I accomplish through practice. I can’t be a sharp sword if I stay in the scabbard all the time. My days will be geared around practice. I refuse to just “wing it” in any aspects of my life any longer. And when I say that, I don’t mean that I’ll not allow for serendipity or leisure, but instead, that I will be much more mindful of how I can accomplish what needs doing, and that I will work towards those goals and interests in a way that affords me more success.
Temple. Untangle. Practice.
Compared to years past, this is a much more personal list of goals and words than before. But that’s what I need right now, and ultimately, it will be what drives me and my business (and my life) to success.
Some of YOUR 3 Words for 2012
These came from people who were willing to share their three words with me and you. See yourself in these? Oh, by the way, the #1 word was “Focus.”
Girish – Know, Live, Be.
Christopher – Story, Restoration, Compassion.
Nancy – Abundance, Love, Generosity.
Matt – Create, Motivate, Dominate.
Lara – Simplify, Inspire, Connect.
Alex- Focus, Create, Smile.
Juan – Lean, Zoom, Fear.less (great explanation on this one!)
Betsy – Connect, Grow, Excel.
Chris – Cross-border, Distance-collaboration, Knowledge-capture (hyphens RULE!)
Nick – Understand, connect, empower.
Chris – Build, Body, Write.
Chip – Family, Direction, Joy.
Farah – Learn, Grow, Live.
Sarah- Spearhead. (Just one. But a POWERFUL one, right?)
Barbara – Inspire, Ask, Receive.
John – Slowly, Clarify, Communicate.
Emiel – Packaging, Expansion, Clarity.
Deb – Passion, Focus, Delegate.
Joe – Innovation, Collaboration, Gratitude.
Peggy – Authenticity, Action, Amore.
Mat – Learn, Commit, Focus.
Meg – Focus, Creativity, Stories.
Rick – Communication, Courage, Trust.
Trilby – Embark, Focus, Manage.
Marilyn – Initiate, Finish, Deepen.
Valerie – Plan, Clear, Test.
John – Construct, Campfire, Celebrate.
Nick – Momentum, Ship, Scalability.
Christy – Love, Intuition, Congruence.
Jack – Grandchildren, Write, Expand.
Deborah – Optimism, Innovation, Action.
Marge- Perserverance, Well-being, Manifest.
Hashim – Collaborate, Ship, Test.
Terry – Ask, Listen, Reflect.
Art – Believe, Seek, Achieve.
Karen- Share, Enjoy.
Kevin – Collaborate, Stretch, Process.
Suzanne – Focus+Discipline= Expansion.
Brenda – Balance, Believe, Celebrate.
Robert – Study, Strengthen, Stretch.
Alan – Less, Travel, Publish.
Linda – Listen, Dare, Forgive. (I love these!)
Ed – Immersion, Passion, Focus.
Matt – Create, Motivate, Dominate.
Jesse – Love, Grow, Serve.
Ryan – Prepare, Pare, Pray.
Todd – Adapt, Change, Sustain.
Tito – Produce, Promote, Prosper.
Steven – Focus, Plan, Focus. (I think he wants to Focus!)
Dan – Ask, Listen, Move.
David – Invest, Create, Connect.
Steven – Story, Inspiration, Consistency.
Diane – Growth, Over-Deliver, Fun.
John – Revenue/Profit, Value, Results.
Patrick – Listen, Streamline, Profess. (I love “profess!”)
Joe – Productivity, Persistence, Prioritize.
Brent – Show Up, Engage, Encourage.
Jeff – Discipline, Give, Learn.
JJ – Connect, Collaborate, Co-Create.
LaTara – Focused, Ordered, Purposed.
Brian – Effort, Focus, Growth.
Martine – Perseverance, Balance, Action.
Carole – Think, Do, Review.
Ramon – Relationships, Content, Value.
Hannah – Ritual, Trust, Magic.
Michael – Listen, Smart, Create.
Wayne – Commit, Concentrate, Complete.
Mike – Plan, Focus, Follow-through.
John – Build, Recurring, Revenue.
Eduardo – Do, Learn, Share.
Colin – Learn, Write, Edify.
Jack – Create, Consistency, Call.
Lana – Question, Meditate, Respond.
Lisa – Empathize, Inspire, Empower.
Nat – Shape-up, Do, Limitations.
Kjell – Fearless, Invest, Presence.
JoAnn – Strengthening, Stretching, Sustaining.
Natasha – Authentic, Journal, Ice Wine.
Helena – Present, In-Person, Reclamation.
Cheryl – Learn, Teach, Grow.
John – Create, Collaborate, Challenge.
Pat – Focus, Create, Refine.
Mike – Focus, Calm, Sharing.
Mike – Listen, Smart, Create.
Lee – Likable, Ethical, Enhancing. (See what LEE did there?)
Laurie – Invite, Value, Ease.
Angela – Begin, Live, Grow.
Gordon – Refocus, Improve, Do.
Dan – Balance, Conclusion, Enlightenment.
Mary – Commit, Challenge, Triumph.
Diane – Listen, Follow-through, Self-Awareness.
Midge – Focus, Condense, Play.
Aimee – Dedication, Belief, Stretch.
Rosemary – Energy, Ownership, Delight.
Mike – Finish, Freaking, Strong.
Daniele – Challenge, Focus, Austerity.
Michael – Build, Ship, Disrupt.
Chantal – Produce, Flow, Collaborate.
Alla – Focus, Reach, Sleep.
Ad – Wonder, Discover, Serve.
Kevin – +200, Iterate, Reflect.
Prabu – Rebuild, Passoin, Family.
Pat – Write, Video, Ship.
Allen – Skill-sets, Help, Marriage.
CJ – Focused, Creative, Synchronicity.
Delia – Focus, Passion, Inspire.
Richard – Study, Practice, Flow.
Tisha – Create, Courage, Move.
Lori – Earn, Learn, Returns.
Dr Bob – Visible, Focus, Integrity.
Varadh – Everyday, Altruism, Learn.
Skip – Live, Work, Create.
Lee – Listen, Focus, Action.
Candice – Integrate, Explore, Inspirit (which I’d never heard of before, but hey!)
Ainslie – Bare-Bones, Beauty, Fulfill.
Laura – Connect, Healthy, Thrive.
Melanie – Write, Plan, Space.
Bob – Health, Teach, Connect.
Glenn – Connect, Create, Complete.
Maria – Stretch, Grow, Jump.
RJ – Prioritize, Leverage, Prepare.
Mary – Commit, Discipline, Present.
Mijail- Health, Reconstruct, Invest.
Shawn – Connect, Discipline, Graceful.
Rohana – Renew, Harmony, Promote.
Aprille – Initiative, Conversations, Discipline.
Ben – Others, Potential, Image.
Katherine – Accelerate, Delve, Bloom.
Gene – Focus, Learn, Thrive.
Share YOUR Three Words
What will the 3 words that define you and/or your challenges and goals for 2012? Share them with us? Let’s talk about them in the comments, or blog your own 3 words post and leave links in the comments. I’ll get them approved as soon as possible (everything with a URL gets held for manual approval).
And don’t forget to check out the 12 in 12 idea as a model for mapping your three words to actionable efforts every month. I think it’ll make a WORLD of difference!
||Chris Brogan is an eleven year veteran of social media using both web and mobile technologies to build digital relationships for businesses, organizations, and individuals.