It’s that time of year again. You’re thinking:
How can I make this year better than the last?
Maybe you’ve made a few resolutions. But those New Year’s resolutions rarely survive the first week of January, not to mention the whole year.
So, what can you do instead?
Since 2012, I’ve chosen three words to guide my decisions and efforts. I picked up this exercise from Chris Brogan, and I’m really glad I did.
Words have power. Choose words that mean something special to you.
Let them influence your choice of actions, encourage you to decide in favour of your goals, and guide you towards lasting results that you want to experience throughout the year.
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 2018!
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ~ Leonardo da Vinci
In 2018, I intend to keep things simple.
I will declutter my home, choose my possessions wisely, and be a more conscious consumer.
Instead, I want to go back to the basics, by asking myself these questions:
- Is there an easier way to do this?
- What simple habits can I start right now?
- Who, or what, gives me joy?
For me, simplicity boils down to cutting out the non-essentials and making room for the most important.
In my mind, it’s a simple formula: pride + humility = success.
~ Jerod Morris, on What is Primility?
Primility is the combination of two words: pride and humility. I’ve humbly borrowed this concept from my virtual mentor, Jerod Morris.
A proud mind stands up for the beliefs, values, and the people you hold dear.
A humble mind seeks guidance, help, and counsel from people who have more experience and knowledge in a certain area.
Together, they’re a recipe for success.
So, how will I live out this core value of mine? In short, I will need the:
- Pride to do my best work every day.
- Humility to learn from mentors and not think I have every answer.
All children are born artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. ~ Pablo Picasso
What happened to my inner child? I take myself too seriously sometimes, and I want to “remain an artist”.
Creativity is a fascinating topic, and one I wish to delve deeper into 2018.
To me, creativity is the expression of curiosity, love, hope, and generosity. Sharing ideas, solutions, and mixing different disciplines to making something better.
What can I make?
That question will guide my creative efforts in 2018.
Share YOUR 3 words for 2018
Drop by the comment section and share your words for the year ahead.
I look forward to seeing yours!