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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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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