I’ve done five years of My 3 Words as a way to guide my efforts and actions throughout the year.
I want to thank Chris Brogan for introducing me to this alternative to New Year’s resolutions. So far, it’s been very helpful, especially when I choose words that lean towards action and meaning.
This year, I’ve decided to combine this exercise with James Clear’s excellent list of common core values and integrity reports. Discovering my core values gives me a clear sense of direction, regardless of what happens in 2017.
I intend to finish this year with an integrity report – an honest look in the mirror to see how well I lived out my core values (i.e. my three words).
Let’s dig in.
My three words over the years
Here are words I’ve used in the past. Feel free to use them as a source of inspiration!
And now, my three words for 2017!
Growth is one of my core values. Heck, I’ve even written a whole book about it. As you may know, I want growth to be fun, exciting, and adventurous.
Here are some pointers to help me live out this core value of mine.
- Am I learning new things, exploring new places, and experimenting with new ideas?
- Am I questioning my limiting beliefs and trying to overcome them?
Action steps: Get better at recognising my limiting beliefs by writing them down in my journal. Ask myself: is this belief useful? If the answer is no, I choose to let go of it.
- Am I building habits that lead to continual improvement?
- Am I treating myself the way I would my best friend?
Action steps: I have a tendency to be waaaay too hard on myself. I want to be more kind towards myself in 2017. I’m starting 2017 with a meditation practice on kindness. That feels like a good start.
- Am I living authentically (that is, living a life true to myself)?
Action steps: Be more honest with myself, how I’m feeling, and what I want. Care more about my own opinion of me. Practising indifference, not getting too wrapped up with what others think of me. Understanding that some things are outside of my control. Focus more on what I can influence.
- Am I giving myself permission to be happy with where I am right now?
Action steps: Practice gratitude. Be grateful for what you have and where you are.
- Am I contributing to the world or just consuming it?
Action steps: Teach what I learn in as many situations as possible. Write 1-2 articles on my blog per month. Become a more conscious consumer of content. Choose more carefully what I decide to read, watch and listen to.
- Am I someone others can count on?
Action steps: Keep my promises, large and small, as often as I can. If I make a mistake, correct it. Apologise.
- Am I helping to make things better for others?
Action steps: Find a charitable cause I believe in. Look for opportunities to volunteer.
What are your three words for 2017?
I’m all about making this year more focused on action and helping you grow. So, here are two steps for you:
- Read Chris Brogan’s blog post on his 3 Words. He provides great prompts and insights.
- Look over James Clear’s list of common core values. Pick 3-5 from the list.
Drop by the comment section and share your plans for the year ahead. You’ll find the encouragement and support you need to move forward.
Together, let’s stay true to who we are and don’t let others define us. They just screw it up. Let’s follow our own path. Let’s take the road less travelled.
Where will it take you?
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