NEW: Listen to this blog post:
Every year, I choose three words to help me focus on my goals and efforts.
They help me paint a bigger picture and tell a bolder story.
I picked it up from Chris Brogan a few years ago, and I’ve kept up with the tradition ever since.
My 3 words over the years
And here are the three words I’ve picked for 2015…
My 3 Words for 2015
Wellbeing: Keep the goose alive.
Do you care so much about other people that you forget to look after your own needs?
Yup, it happens to the best of us. This year I want to focus my efforts and attention on my wellbeing. I want to do more of what makes me feel good and less of what sucks my precious energy.
Sometimes, it’s not something we need to do. More often, it’s something we have to stop doing. That’s why I’m making a “Stop Doing” list this year. It includes items such as:
- Excessive TV watching
- Mindless Internet browsing
- Buying fast food
What can you stop doing to invest in your wellbeing? As soon as we stop doing something, we get more time and energy over to invest in the activities that really matter.
Making big changes can be hard. It’s much easier to take small steps than it is to take big ones. Which brings me to my second word…
Kaizen: Keep moving forward (avoid the lizard brain).
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. — Lao-tzu
Kaizen is a Japanese philosophy about taking small steps. You ask yourself small and positive questions, with the aim to trick yourself and get around the lizard brain (i.e. the fight and flight response).
How many times have you wanted to change something drastically, and then, six months later, done nothing? You felt overwhelmed. You were afraid. And you just never got around to doing anything about it.
Well, Kaizen works differently. Kaizen helps to shut up that evil voice inside your head that tells you that you can’t do this.
How to use Kaizen
Ask small and positive questions, like:
What one thing do you like about yourself?
Leadership: Lead by example. Learn by doing.
Be the change that you wish to see in the world. — Mahatma Gandhi
Personal leadership requires vision, principles, and values. It means you set out your own path. This demands courage and execution, the willingness to try new things and to be wrong.
How to become a better leader:
- Take responsiblity for your actions
- Ask yourself: who do I look up to? Why?
- Do the work
- Listen before you speak
- Be present and reflect on your own progress
What are your 3 words for 2015?
I strongly encourage you to share your three words with us in the comments. Let’s inspire each other to live a fun and meaningful life.
I can’t wait to see what you’ve got in mind for 2015!
Image credit: Max Lindholm