Every year, I choose three words to help me focus on my goals and efforts.
They help me paint a bigger picture and tell a bolder story.
I picked it up from Chris Brogan a few years ago, and I’ve kept up with the tradition ever since.
How to use the three word concept
Think of three words that will inspire you for the year. Try to choose positive words over negative ones. I also recommend verbs over adjectives, because they force you to focus on action instead of the result. And it’s the action that will give you the result. See the point?
For example, say you want to lose 40 pounds by the end of the year. You might choose between words like slim, healthy, or beautiful. The problem with these words is that they don’t get you where you want to be. Instead, they make you feel miserable because they don’t provide you with the inspiration you need to make your dream come true. Focus instead on action words, like exercise, run, swim, walk. You get the idea.
Obviously, it’s up to you. The three words are yours to live by. As long as they mean something to you, then that’s what you want.
My 3 words over the years
2012 – Listen. Act. Inspire.
2013 – Live. Learn. Do.
My 3 words for 2014
Dream – as in dream large, the motto of my university. Dreams are the fuel for change. 2014 will be the year of change for me. I’m leaving Australia behind and I don’t want to have any regrets. Carl Jung sums it up well:
“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
It’s time for me to do both.
Create – I love to dream big, but I also know how important it is to execute on your dreams. That’s where the word create comes into play. I want to write a book together with my dad, and maybe write one about my mother, too. The art of creation makes me feel alive. Whether it’s on the paper, on a canvas, or on a stage – I wish to create art that inspires people to live more mindfully. It’s a beautiful gift. I can’t wait to share my creations with you in 2014.
“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. ” – Pablo Picasso
Explore - I want to leave the safe harbour behind and set sail on new exiting adventures. I have many trips planned for 2014, and I’m eager to explore the world. For better or worse, explorers help shape our world and feed our dreams.
“We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.” - C JoyBell C.
What are your 3 words for 2014?
I strongly encourage you to share your three words with us in the comments. Let’s inspire each other to live a fun and meaningful life.
I can’t wait to see what you’ve got in mind for 2014!
Flickr photo: Jerzy Durczak