3 Words for 2012

I first saw Chris Brogan do this. And he just posted his three words for 2012.

I don’t do resolutions. Haven’t for years. Those times that I did, frustration often resulted from too many, covering too much, that were too easily forgotten. But defining 3 words to direct focus and behavior? Now that might be effective … and doable.

Chris describes how to think of these words:

“Find three words that could be used as lighthouses to guide you through stormy seas, that can be used as flags on the battlefield of your challenges, words that will bolster you and give you a direction that goes beyond the goals you might attach as a result of these words.”

Lighthouses. Flags. Excellent.

I’ve been considering a number of words over the last few days to see if they’d fit my desire, and need, to make improvements and set direction. From some of the following descriptions, three surfaced. They don’t need to start with the same letter, these just happened to. And they fit.

My 3 words for 2012 are:


Commit to:
- finishing what I start.
- excellence in business.
- eating well.
- doing what I say I’ll do.
making decisions.
- helping others.
minimizing distractions.


Be consistent in:
- parenting.
- biking.
- writing/blogging.
- showing up. On time.
- my sleep schedule. Waking early.
- carrying out the commitments.


Be courageous in:
- relationships.
- sharing who I am. Just … Hit … Publish.
- using the word “no.” And not only to others.
- accepting criticism. And criticizing less.
- reducing self-imposed limitations.
- giving myself and others the permission to succeed.

Commitment. Consistent. Courage.

What 3 words define your desires and direction for 2012?

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