New year, new possibilities.
It was a long time ago since I stopped using New Year’s resolutions.
Instead I choose three words to guide my efforts and attention in the coming year. In today’s post, I share my three words with you.
My hope is that it will inspire you to embark on a journey of your own.
My 3 words over the years
And here are my three words for 2016…
Getting started is half the battle.
Fears, overwhelm, and procrastination are often standing in our way.
Here are a few things I want to start in 2016:
- Start publishing a weekly blog post
- Start researching and writing my master’s thesis
- Start mandala drawing
- Start meditating every evening
- Start a new exercise form (e.g. rock climbing or boxing)
In the year ahead, I’ll adopt a beginner’s mindset and focus on how to get started.
What do you want to start in 2016? More important, what’s stopping you?
You see, but you do not observe. The distinction is clear. ~ Sherlock Holmes
As an extrovert, I’ve always admired my more introverted friends.
They have developed an ability to observe their own and others’ behaviour.
Observing what works (and what doesn’t) gives us valuable information about ourselves, the people we know, and the world we live in. It’s how we learn.
Most people fail to observe: to listen, to see patterns, and gather feedback. It’s hard work, but I plan to exercise my observation muscles in 2016.
How about you?
Observations encourage us to adapt.
The world is constantly changing and if we want to survive (and thrive), we’ll need to change accordingly.
New circumstances will undoubtedly arise and our ability to respond to these changes will determine our level of success.
But adaptation can be painful. It means stepping outside our comfort zone and doing things in a different way. To do things differently requires us to think differently. That can be both scary and difficult.
But have you considered the alternative?
Process over outcomes
These three words invite me to test a new process:
- Start a project.
- Observe what happens.
- Adapt to real-life results.
Rather than having a to-do list of goals, I want to try out this 3-step process, refine it, and see what lessons I can learn from it.
These three words will guide the direction of the blog, my business, and future decisions.
I’ll start, observe, adapt, and let you know about my progress 🙂
What are your 3 words for 2016?
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. Because both you and I know we’ll hit a few speed bumps along the way. 😉
Together, let’s breathe life into the projects only we can create. Let’s follow our own path. Let’s take the road less travelled.
Where will it take you?
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