My 3 Words

Chris Brogan wrote a post last week about his 3 words for 2011.  These are the words that symbolize the direction that he plans to move.  And I’ve been thinking about this a lot.  You see, I’m not a big fan of “resolutions.”  These are pretty much destined to fail.  I’m more inclined to put into place systems that align with goals.  By establishing systems that lead to routines, you are much more likely to achieve what you set out to do.

I do, however, love the whole “fresh start” piece that comes with a brand new year.  It’s a good time to make a mental shift, throw off limitations, and set out boldly in a new direction.  And I’ve done a lot of that at the end of this past year myself.  In thinking about this concept of 3 words, I find that some come to mind pretty easily, and align well with what I plan to do.  In fact, they’ve helped me find clarity in some of my goals.

So here are my 3 words.  I share them with you so you can see where I’m going (I hope you’ll come along with me this year.)  And I also share them because I think there’s value in this exercise, and I hope that you’ll consider trying this yourself.  I’m expecting big things for YOU this year too.

  1. Discipline.  I wrote last week about how to add more discipline to your business, and this is a big one for me.  I am a social creature at heart, and so it’s rather easy for me to get distracted with my social media tools.  I do meet all my deadlines, but I also fill up all the space allotted for the task.  With more discipline, I can free up time for other things.  And this is important, as I have a LOT of new things I’m planning this year.
  2. Sustainability.  A lot of the work that I’ve done to this point has required my constant attention.  It means that I’ve been able to do everything to my standards, but it also means that I’m limited by my own capacity.  This year I plan to spend a lot more time on professional development (the kind you pay for), in order to equip myself to build revenue streams that work even if I need to take a break, or work on something else. (We all understand the concept of residual income.) I’ve got a couple of projects I’m working on that will help me do this, but in order to get it done, I need to have the discipline to make the time for them (see word #1).
  3. Courage.  This word has been on my mind a lot lately.  I’ve been very fortunate to achieve a lot of success lately, but there’s a lot more out in front of me.  And I think this has global implications.  I think all of us can achieve a lot more than we realize, but it requires the willingness to move beyond what’s comfortable, and open our minds to the possibility that there is more for us, if only we’re willing to act on the inspiration and opportunity that comes.  This year I’ve got a lot of bold new ideas, things that I think will bring a lot of value to my clients and colleagues.  But it does mean stepping out in a new direction, and that takes courage.  I’m pretty excited about that.

So those are my 3 words for 2011.  It will be interesting to see where they lead me this year.

What 3 words define your goals for the year?  I would love to read them in the comments below.  Sharing them is a strong way to commit to action in the coming year.  Are you open to the possibilities?

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20 Responses to My 3 Words
  1. Kathy Rowland
    January 5, 2011 | 12:53 pm

    Discipline~Intensity~Relationships
    Thanks for the motivation to land on three!
    ~Kathy

  2. Dara Hoffman
    January 5, 2011 | 12:37 am

    My 3 words are Prioritization, Efficiency & Perseverance.

  3. Cindy
    January 4, 2011 | 1:44 pm

    Jen,
    Great words. Totally on target with what every entrepreneur needs to be thinking!! I continue to learn from you. Thanks!

  4. marsha melkonian
    January 4, 2011 | 7:46 am

    I am retiring from my full time job this year and will have to learn to be totally self directed. Focus and direction will be key.

  5. Susan McGlade
    January 4, 2011 | 7:36 am

    Abundance–Boldness–Consistency. The ABCs for success in 2011!

  6. Anh Molloy
    January 3, 2011 | 5:58 pm

    Jennifer,
    Discipline is top for me, then Priority, and Follow-Up. That should carry me through all the big projects that are ahead of me this year!
    Thanks for all the great information you provide!!

  7. Amy
    January 3, 2011 | 3:48 pm

    Discipline, Communication, Organization! If I could get one of these, the other two would come naturally! 😉

    • Jennifer Fong
      January 3, 2011 | 3:52 pm

      It’s all about systems Amy! Create the systems now that lead to routines that lead to habits. The system is the first step! Here’s wishing you the greatest of success!

  8. Chris Senne
    January 3, 2011 | 3:44 pm

    Calm, Confidence, and Consistnacy–So much better than I’m going to make more money and lose more weight! Thanks for inspiring!

    • Jennifer Fong
      January 3, 2011 | 3:47 pm

      Great words Chris! I know you’ll do a fantastic job creating much success! Cheers!

  9. Kristy Pool
    January 3, 2011 | 3:35 pm

    I like this activity! The main word that comes to my mind is self-reliance. I am hoping that 2011 will bring me and my family much closer to being self-reliant and debt free! For the other two words, I would say organized and fun. I am hoping to plan some trips that will create fun memories for my family.

    • Jennifer Fong
      January 3, 2011 | 3:44 pm

      Love those words Kristy! Thanks so much for sharing, and here’s to a tremendously successful 2011!

  10. Cathy Luttrell
    January 3, 2011 | 9:40 am

    Great advice as always, Happy New Year!

    Cathy

  11. Candice
    January 3, 2011 | 9:40 am

    As usual, you’ve given me a lot to think about! I have made myself a plan and daily schedules, and while I have thought about what I want to do and have made an actionable plan and started implementing… I don’t know that I’ve come up with three defining and concrete words to bring it all together. I’ll be doing that today!

    Thanks for this post – it’s a good one!

    • Jennifer Fong
      January 3, 2011 | 9:52 am

      I hope you’ll share them when you’ve got them Candice! You’re definitely on the right track for success. Systems and actionable plans are what it’s all about. Much success!

  12. greg cryns
    January 3, 2011 | 9:02 am

    Bold – I need to get back into the game. It is fun after all.

    Comfort Zone – I need to throw away the complacency that I’ve fallen into

    Persist – go with my gut feeling even if others laugh

    • Jennifer Fong
      January 3, 2011 | 9:51 am

      Great words Greg! It’s all about going for it, isn’t it? I wish you the greatest of success in 2011!

  13. Yusuf Chowdhury
    January 3, 2011 | 8:45 am

    I am not a fan of the so called resolution either. I believe the proper way to ask is what have we done so far last year and how can we move on and develop or improve! Just my 2n cents 🙂

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