My 3 Words for 2014

3 Words for 2011 from Chris Brogan's Communnity

3 Words for 2011 from Chris Brogan’s Communnity (Photo credit: stevegarfield)

Happy New Year! Many of you will have heard of choosing 3 words to guide your days for the year. I have decided to adopt this practice for 2014.

My 3 words for 2014 are Centered, Disciplined, and Achieving.

Centered: I feel best when I’m calm. And I’m definitely most productive when I haven’t let something pull me off-center and keep me distracted. Happily, over the years, this has become my default state. I find it helpful, though, to stay mindful of this goal.

Disciplined: I’m capable of terrific discipline – and amazing laziness. Not surprisingly, I get more of what I want – other than relaxation – when I’m disciplined. I plan to add more discipline into my days. This will not only help me grow my business and complete more projects around my house, but being more disciplined with my time will also allow me to truly enjoy my down time rather than feeling guilty about what I ‘should’ be doing instead.

Achieving: I don’t believe I’ve been living up to my potential over the last several years, personally or professionally. That’s going to change in 2014! This encompasses everything from growing my business to exercising most days to reading more books I enjoy.

I’ve added these 3 words in a great big font, one to a page, to a Word document. I’ve chosen colors for each word and printed them out so they can be put up on the wall in my office. I want them to be front and center so every time I look up, I’m reminded of what I want to focus on each day.

How can you come up with your 3 words? Just closing my eyes, taking a deep breath, and seeing what words popped up worked pretty well as a start for me. Then I sat with those words for a day or so. I modified my original words a bit. For example, ‘calm’ was initially my first word, but it didn’t fully capture what I meant, so I changed it to ‘centered’, which is perfect.

Also, my 3rd word was originally ‘achieve’ but ‘achieving’ felt more powerful to me. It’s something I want to be doing everyday, not a goal to get to and be done with.

You may want to consider whether your words describe an end goal or something you can achieve everyday. For instance, you may want to publish a book, and consider ‘publish’ as one of your words. Will that be as powerful a motivator each day as ‘250’, as in write 250 words a day no matter what? Personally, I find triggers that remind me of a daily action or state of being to be more effective.

If you can pick a word that can work in multiple aspects of your life, so much the better. My word, ‘achieving’, is a good example. It covers my business, my household, my relationships, my relaxation, my health. Actually, all 3 of my words cover most areas of my life. To the extent you can choose words like that, the deeper impact they can have on your life.

The most important factor in your choice of words is that they resonate powerfully with you. You want them to help you move toward your goals for the year, so make sure they really work for you. It doesn’t matter if anyone else gets it.

What 3 words can help motivate you to move in the direction you wish in 2014? I’m curious, so leave me a comment and let me know.