My 3 Words for 2013

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It’s Jan 1, 2013. New Years Day. One of the busiest days in gyms all across the world. Resolutions are fresh and exciting, and intact. And while having some specific goals, resolutions, or whatever you want to call them are great ways to help you grow in those specific areas, I have been challenged with taking a larger perspective for 2013.  I first heard about  the idea of 3 words from Chris Brogan a couple years ago. The idea is to pick 3 words that serve as icons, symbols and reminders, of your larger vision for the year. Words to keep coming back to in order to evaluate, guide, measure your day-to-day actions. They should be big words that apply to multiple roles in your life instead of specific, niche ideas. Think of them as broad themes instead of narrow story lines. (Chris does a great job explaining this in his post on his 3 Words.)

My 3 Words for 2013

Story – In 2013 I want to focus on living a story that is worth telling, and even more importantly, I want to help other people and organizations tell their story more effectively. Over the past couple years, I’ve come to realize how important story is in our lives. The stories we tell ourselves, and the stories we tell others. Our world is shaped by those who tell and live the best stories.

Explore – In 2013 I want to dive into the world. I tend to like the familiar. This year I want to be intentional about exploring new places and ideas and developing new relationships. Part of this is to expand my world, and part of this is because I have two teenagers and I want to expose them to the limitless possibilities that lie before them.

Now – Context is one of my strengths. Looking to the past to see how we got where we are today. And in our business we do a lot of thinking about and planning for the future with our clients. And while both of those are important, I can tend to lose sight of the present. But now is important. It is what you do today that will actually change things. So in 2013 I will focus on being present in life. On living in the moment, on being with the people that are present, and working on the task that is at hand. Now is the only time you can do anything.

There is some overlap in those three words – on purpose. These are the three words that will go on my screen saver, on note cards, and other places to remind me, encourage me, challenge me to make 2013 a great year.

Julie’s Word

Julie doesn’t like the 3 word idea. She says she is to ADD for 3 words, and instead choses 1 word for each year. This year her word is Determined

What are your 3 words (or 1 word) for 2013? We’d love for you to share them in the comments or link to your blog?