For the past several years, I’ve been following Chris Brogan’s practice of coming up with three guiding words for the coming year. Chris wrote a post about his 3 words for 2018 but here’s the basic idea:
Pick any three words that will guide you in the choices you intend to make for the new year. They should be words that let you challenge yourself as to motives and decisions. They should be words that help you guide your actions.
The idea behind there being three words (and not five or seven or one) is that you can create a kind of “triangulation” between three words, such that they can stand alone and work together.
Sharing your three words gives them a little added impact and hopefully stimulates some discussion. Here are mine. I add a few words of explanation to them, so I don’t forget what I was thinking when I picked them.
How much is enough? Where are my resources? What balance of “stuff”, money, experience, friendships and family are sufficient to my needs?
Reaching outside of familiar bounds to be exposed to new people and ideas and making them welcome.
Using skills gained through long time experience for different purposes. I am lucky enough to enjoy using the skills I have; they need to remain relevant into the future.
If you feel inspired to pick three words of your own that you’d like to share, please leave them in comments.