“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” – Benjamin Franklin
The past few years I have chosen 3 words to help guide my choices in the coming year.
These words orient my MINDSET on how I will approach the year ahead.
These 3 words are not resolutions. They are not goals.
They are filters I run decisions & opportunities through to see if they are right for me. These words help set the direction I want to take my work & daily actions.
I stole this idea from Chris Brogan. (TY Chris!)
Resolutions never worked for me. I find goal setting limiting, even self-defeating.
With a goal, you wake up each day at a deficit. Until that goal is reached, you are unaccomplished. I find that this drains my willpower and enthusiasm.
After a few weeks, I usually move on to something else.
Focusing on 3 words leads to places far beyond where a goal would have taken me.
These 3 words create MOMENTUM.
They also act like a COMPASS when I lose focus and need to get back on track.
My 3 Words for 2016:
Simple – Simple succeeds. Complicated fails. I am going to prioritize simplicity in all aspects of my life. I will take a simple, uncluttered approach to my home, work, & daily schedule. I will do the simple thing well: show up early, give maximum effort, & leave things better than I found them. When I start training Gracie Jiu Jitsu again, my focus will be on refining simple, basic techniques.
Consistency – Slow and steady wins the race. I have learned consistent effort beats random flashes of greatness. I will consistently bring value to my customers, quality time to my family, and positive attitude to life. I will consistently keep an open mind to new ways of doing things. I will bring consistent effort to my ACL rehab & writing.
Gratitude – 2015 taught me how to be grateful. I will show gratitude for the simple things: being able to walk up a flight of stairs, drive, & play baseball with my kids in the back yard. I no longer take any of these for granted. Life’s biggest gifts are hidden in plain sight. I will notice these gifts and show gratitude for them.
What are your 3 words?
What will you do different this year?
Answer that, and you will be on your way to a REMARKABLE year.
Wish you much success in 2016!