I’m a big believer in goals. However, I hate the typical New Year’s resolution style goals like “lose 20 pounds” or “go to the gym every day.” Those don’t really work for me.
That’s why I like theme-based goals rather than specifics. And when I found this simple but powerful exercise from Chris Brogan, I immediately fell in love with it.
Chris uses an exercise called “3 Words” to define his year. I think this works really well because it removes the stress and pressure of specific goals that end up frustrating us when we fall short but it still gives us alignment and direction.
My 3 words for 2015 were “Bold, Persistence and Decisions.” As I look back on 2015 I’m actually pretty happy to say that I stayed in alignment with my 3 words. I was much bolder in 2015 than I have been in previous years. I started new projects (quite a few, actually) and resisted the urge to over-analyze my efforts. I just “did it.” I was persistent as I methodically stuck to my processes. I also made decisions. Lots of them. In previous years I may have waffled over “what ifs” and given into fear to avoid decisions. This past year I was faster to make decisions and move on.
In all, it was a very positive year and I’m glad that I stayed in alignment with my 3 words. By doing so, I enjoyed awesome results.
To get a sense of how to pick your words, review Chris Brogan’s instructions here. Then write them down somewhere to give real substance to your 3 words. If you have a blog, write a post about it. Or, I would love to see them in the comments here on this post.
As for my 3 words? My words for 2016 are: Bold, Evolution and Income. I’m bringing one of my 2015 words over to 2016 (“bold”) because I want to continue to push myself into bold actions. “Evolution” refers to my desire to continue to evolve my business projects and keep things moving and innovative. “Income” is there to remind me to focus more on revenue-producing activities and to do a better job of avoiding activities that don’t align with my income goals.
So what 3 words will push you to do great things with your business this year? I can’t wait to hear about it.