Well, the first month of 2016 is almost over and by now many people will have already failed at their new years resolutions.
I don’t mean to be negative but I don’t know many people that sustain their resolutions.
That’s why I don’t focus on resolutions anymore.
Instead, I follow the lead of Chris Brogan and pick 3 words that will serve as themes and a guide for my year.
I’ve done this a couple years in a row and haven’t talked about it all too much but have found it to be much more helpful than a resolution.
Chris shared his 2016 post here and he breaks down his reasons for doing it.
It’s fairly simple when it comes down to it…in some ways I find it easier than picking a resolution but everyone is different.
As Chris states, here’s how you do it.
Pick any three words that will guide you in the choices you intend to make for 2016. They should be words that let you challenge yourself as to motives and decisions. They should be words that help you guide your actions.
You may also be wondering why only 3 words. Well, again Chris has us covered on this.
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.
Some people pick phrases. That’s fine, but it also kind of eats the power potential of what you can do with the words. “Do the work” pretty much eats up a lot of room compared to “work,” which gets the same accomplished.
Some people pick one word. That’s fine. It’s just not the same as trying to find a way to cover all aspects of how you want to grow in the year to come. Or it might be too simplistic when all is said and done. “Thrive” is a great word. But what will you actually do to make that real?
Here are my 3 words for 2016
Do – Any action that moves me closer towards the goals that serve my mission. For me this is also before “plan” (my next word) on purpose in that I want to focus on taking action quicker. That’s essentially how System.ly got started. I didn’t really think too hard outside of the 30 day validation challenge I gave myself back in August to get 2-3 customers in 30 days. I didn’t need more of a plan than that, however, once I got things started and they were proven to be “right” or “effective” I needed a more structured plan.
Plan – Work the plan. If there’s no plan, make I’ll make one. I like that it’s a noun and a verb. I feel that gives it even more versatility. I have some plans on how I’m going to reach the goals I’m setting which is important but I also want to focus on making sure I’m continuing to create and adjust plans along the way.
Kaizen – Small improvements over time (health, business, personal) This is the philosophy I want to take with both personal and business because I know when I try to make drastic change, it works for a few weeks but, then I just fail to be consistent. So with everything I do, from business to personal goals, I want to focus on small continuous improvements and over time that compounds to big shifts, and results.
Now its your turn.
Do you like the concept of 3 words vs a resolution? If so, I’d love to hear what your three words are going to be for this year.
Share in the comments below.