By intentionally choosing 3 words and not choosing many others, I have these themes which crop up in all kinds of interesting ways, some predicted and some not.
Chris Brogan -3 words originator – writes about it here:
“Pick any three words that will guide you in the choices you intend to make for the 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.”
My 3 Words for the Past Year
I did not quite know how the 3 words would show up in my work or personal life. So it was fascinating to see how I led myself in these directions and how this all unfolded (push and pull).
Lean in – Don’t avoid or step over difficult, uncomfortable situations or discussions. Lean in, like the book, and figure it out, sooner than later. I did read the book and it made me think but it was the phrase that caught my attention. [See point #6 in an article link here.] Figure out how to make decisions you’ll be comfortable with. Experiment and learn from what worked or didn’t work how you thought it would. If you want it or dream it, why not try it?
Leverage – Leverage my time. Simplify time demands. Create white space in my calendar for getting outside, taking walks, for our dog and more. I have a tendency towards intensely working during the day without breaks … and then collapsing end of the day. Can you say ‘life balance?’ Do work tasks more simply, less perfectly but still “fantastic enough” to be proud of. Look at the return on the time it takes, more often. Everything I write or share, I wanted to reuse, leverage, update or incorporate somewhere else. The dots connected.
Lighten up – I have more of a sense of humor than I typically show (I am told), so this was about showing my humor and my personality more … and not taking myself quite so seriously. Self compassion, as Brene Brown discusses.
Choice of Words
I’d like to tell you about an approach I used which was rational, deliberate and I could share with you. What resonated with me? I didn’t know at first; it was intuitive. And that’s pretty cool, because I’ve been trusting it more. So if I had to say, the deliberate parts were: keeping my eyes open, listening more intensely than I usually might, looking for what’s showing up clear as day. Pay attention. Be quiet and listen.
And as I sought ways or saw ways these 3 words showed up in my life during the year, it got even more interesting and powerful.
And …. the alliteration was probably most of why I easily remembered these words throughout the year. I hope to use that strategy this year, but we’ll see. I have 5 or 6 words on my list, but it’s not quite come together yet. It will.
Like my own jingle! What will be your 3 words jingle this year?
I’m working on mine … soon to be shared. When I know; you’ll know.
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