My 3 Words for 2017
I was inspired back in 2015 to do these 3 guiding word annual posts by Chris Brogan. It’s a good way to create a pull towards the future, as opposed to the light push of a resolution.
How Do You Do It?
- Pick three words that you can use to guide you forward to success in the coming year.
- Pick words that apply to your goals, and more so, that apply to how you might make choices.
- Pick words that apply to more than one dimension of your life.
Why THREE Words?
“We choose three words so that you can use them for triangulation. One word seems to fade away from our memory too quickly. Two words sets our brain up to think of “this or that” kinds of logic. Three words gives us a way to think about the situations in our lives from many dimensions. “
Your words are prompts to filter or guide certain actions are you go through the year. They act as major themes and actionable statements that can either stand alone or work together in understanding what you need to do for personal or professional growth.
My Past 3 Words Choices
2015 — Write. Explore. Connect.
2016 — Create. Share. Communicate.
My 3 Words for 2017
Last year I wanted to shift my energies towards production over consumption. For the most part, I feel I have the foundation done to continue on that goal this year. The three guiding words I set were helpful aids in prioritizing my activities and events I choose to participate in. In parallel, I also took note of three words I felt strongly as the year came to an end. They were risk, connection, vulnerability and to my surprise they were all emotions/actions that were direct byproducts of the words I had set. Creating more meant taking more risks, sharing more meant making connections, communicating more meant allowing myself to be more vulnerable. I will continue to do these start and end word comparison each year.
Here are my words for 2017:
Intention — Be present and confident in my decisions. Empathize and be in service of others. Think things through and trust and cultivate my intuition.
Resiliency — My mind doesn’t always know the capabilities that my body and spirit hold strong. Attitude and perspective are world changing. Be mindful of the impermanence of things and don’t attach to suffering.
Substance — Value over prestige. Keep the end in mind, long term perspectives and goals show empathy towards your future self. Do your best work and express yourself like a craftsman and with honesty.
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