If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I like to use Chris Brogan’s “My 3 Words” concept for New Year’s planning. He discourages resolutions, reminding us that we often break our promises to ourselves. Instead, he encourages us to identify three words that will serve as themes for the next twelve months.
Last year, I chose “Trust,” “Expand,” and “Uni-Tasking.” As I look back on the year, I see that I definitely “trusted” my instincts and “expanded” my business. I was less successful at “uni-tasking,” and need to improve my discipline of doing one thing at a time rather than juggling a dozen balls at once.
While I certainly wouldn’t give myself a perfect score for 2012, I did improve my facility with these touchstones and found them to be more helpful than the New Year’s resolutions I’ve made in the past (e.g., “I’m going to eat less sugar” or “I’m going to be more proactive with social media”).
So, this year, my three words are:
- Uni-task (stop multi-tasking and stay focused on whatever I’m doing in the moment)
- Carpe diem (take risks now!)
- Grounded (remember that I don’t have to prove anything to anyone)
I encourage you to choose three words that will add focus and meaning to your 2013. Share them in the comments section below.