At this time every year, I read several of these types of posts where three words are chosen as a summation of what individuals want to “work actionably on changing/improving in the coming year.” (Chris Brogan was the first to turn me onto this type of post – here is his 2013 edition).
In light of 2013 being a fast-paced, hectic year of change, 2014 is shaping up to be a year of change as well. And navigating change requires goals, plans, and milestones.
So, at the risk of being unoriginal, instead of resolutions for the New Year, I have decided to choose Three Words of my own.
MY THREE WORDS FOR 2014
Focus – With all of the upheaval from this past year (see here, here, and here), focus has been a hard thing to come by. Now that things are settled (well, as settled as they can be with a 4-year-old running around), this year will require focus and determination to accomplish the goals at hand. This means less extraneous stuff and more energy spent on growth and accomplishment. Which leads me to…
Training – Exercise. Skills Improvement and Expansion. Knowledge Building. All of these buzzwords will matter much more year. More writing. More reading (which will lend itself to more writing, hopefully). Less excuses. 2013 was supposed to be “my year” and it slipped away from me in many ways. Yet, 2013 laid the groundwork for 2014. Just need to do it.
Patience – Between the nerve damage in my left thumb and the push this coming year for financial order, patience is the balancing word for all of this. Nerves especially take an enormous amount of time to heal. Patience is necessary for healing. It’s also necessary to maintain focus and continue training. This year won’t be perfect, but with patience, I know I’ll accomplish many of my goals.
WHAT ARE YOUR THREE WORDS?
I found this exercise to be fruitful and allow me to put down “on paper” that which I hope to accomplish this year. What are your three words for 2014? Let me know in the comments and include a link if you’ve posted them somewhere else.