My first three words for you are:
I hope that 2014 brings you much joy, success, great health, laughter and love, always!
I am excited and refreshed for this new year, and there are three words I want to talk to you about.
Whenever the New Year comes around, people all over the world make resolutions. To lose weight. To get that promotion at work. To save more money. To take that dream trip. To spend more time with loved ones.
And for all the desire to change behind each of those resolutions, many of us fail to stick to them beyond January.
I think the reason why we fail to make them last is because they focus on the negatives we perceive in ourselves. How can something rooted in a negative inspire us to be committed to making a change or improving ourselves?
I do like the idea of a resolution — of wanting to start fresh with a positive, pro-active attitude — but I think the challenge is understanding that a resolution should be more about an underlying, positive intention and a commitment rather than just identifying what we want to change about ourselves.
That is why I’m a big fan of Chris Brogan‘s approach. Every year, he chooses three words that represent the focus of his goals and efforts for the New Year. He writes, “The idea is that the words you choose will go past being a simple goal and will become part of the way you identify yourself, and thus, a guiding light for your efforts.”
I love that idea. I think that by choosing three words, we are refocusing our attention on the positive, on making things happen, on how we can improve and become the best version of ourselves.
I have been thinking a lot about what I want my three words for 2014 to be, and this is what I have come up with:
- DO – As in “just do it” or “don’t make excuses and just do things.” Instead of thinking and overthinking, or just merely engaging in intellectual masturbation sessions, put my ideas to work and do them. Learn from them. Don’t be afraid to make things happen, to make mistakes, to brush myself off, to succeed and to keep on keeping on.
- MINDFUL – To me, mindfulness is about having a deep understanding of the connection between intentions and actions. I want to be mindful of my thoughts, fears, dreams and instincts. Of my body and how I treat it. Of my relationship with my loved ones, friends, peers, clients and others. Of words and my imagination. Of my ambition and vision.
- RED – It’s the color of passion, love, confidence, vibrance, being bold, and in some cultures, luck. I think the symbolic value of red should be in my heart so that 2014 really is my best year yet.
They are simple words, but they mean something to me. And I think that is what Brogan is driving at: these words can be anything at all, but they should have personal meaning. They should remind you and recalibrate you when you need it, so that you can meet your goals and be closer to the vision of how you want to live your life.
Remember, you are making a commitment not to the words, but to the positive intention behind them. That is a healthy perspective, which is why I think this way of approaching the New Year has real lasting power.
So, what will your three words be?