I have never felt that New Year’s resolutions were effective. Instead of guiding me throughout the year, they tend to be lofty goals that are typically unreachable.
As an alternative, I began following the lead of Chris Brogan several years ago, and chose 3 words for the year to keep me focused and on task, giving me a lens through which to view my choices and decisions. My three words make me more productive and thoughtful in how I live my life.
Past words have included “connect,” which opened me up to build a network of trusted friends and colleagues both online and in person. Words like “moment” and “journey” have helped me focus more on the present. “First-down” helped me celebrate the small wins and progress toward larger goals.
My three words are my screen saver on my computer so I see them each time I turn it on, and I find them a reminder of the things to which I need to pay attention.
My three words for 2018:
ACT, FIRST-DOWN and FINISH.
ACT is a reminder to stop planning and ACT. I spend so much time planning ways to improve and complete, that I sometimes never actually start getting things done. ACT will remind me that I need to do something rather than hang back.
FIRST-DOWN is a football reference, and this is the first time I have used a word more than once. First-down was so effective last year, that I felt it important to continue it in 2018. This word combats my perfectionist tendencies, and helps me make small progress on projects and tasks, in realization that the small steps are important toward reaching a goal. Often, a quarterback will attempt a long pass for the touchdown, when all he needs to do is get the few yards for the first-down and then the team has more plays and more time to score. I don’t always have to have things perfect or have it finished, but it is important to move the project or the process forward a step at a time. Before long – it will be completed. SCORE!
FINISH reminds me that the important thing is to finish. It’s inconsequential if I start projects at work or home, and they just end up being overlooked later. The key is to start AND finish – if the project is important enough to plan and start, it should be important enough to finish up. If not, then I need to consider saying no.
What are your three words for 2018?