My friends Chris Brogan and C.C. Chapman are vocal proponents of the practice of choosing three words as your focal point and reminder of goals for the coming year. The challenge is to narrow your annual objectives to three words that serve as guideposts to remind you and keep you centered on the things you have decided really matter. I've tried to master the art of three words a few times in the past, but not every year. In fact this year I've chosen to focus more on being in control. That said, there are three words that I do think I should put at the top of my list this year. As a faithful, fervent fan of frequent alliteration my three works all start with the letter M:
Move. In many ways, movement is the secret to all success. We must increase our movement to be healthy. We must always keep our mind moving to stay sharp. We must always keep our careers and relationships moving forward. For a shark, ceasing to keep moving is a literal death sentence. For a human, lack of movement leads to stagnation, to depression, to frustration. In 2013 I want to keep moving. From literally running for exercise, to advancing personal and business goals, constant and positive movement will be key.
Measure. We live in the age of big data, and as someone who never really was a numbers guy, I've come to gain an appreciation for the value of measurement. It started with an obsession with fitness trackers. I wear both a Fitbit and Nike Fuel Band every day, and I pay attention to the data they provide, relishing in the satisfaction of measurable results, and enjoying the discovery of patterns and new personal records. Now I want to apply that same appreciation of measurement to track and monitor my progress and results in areas beyond fitness, and especially in business.
Meditate. Over the summer I was inspired to revisit practicing meditation, something I began in High School but let go of sometime after graduating from college. Over the past few months I've been sporadically trying to reestablish TM as part of my daily routine, but it hasn't quite stuck yet. It's a shame, because when I do manage a nice stretch of a few weeks of consistent daily meditation I can tangibly feel the results in my improved energy and awareness, and just plain feeling better. So, as part of my mission to take better control of my time, I want to make the time for meditation each and every day.
There you have it. My three words for 2013. I won't go so far as to tattoo them to my forehead, but I will write them on post it notes, and in my notebooks and hope to refer to them regularly as gentle guides toward a productive and fruitful New Year.
How about you? Have you selected three words?