Every year I select three words that will serve as guideposts for my efforts. If you’re unfamiliar with the exercise, it’s something that Chris Brogan started in 2006.
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I write out my three words every day. Doing this keeps them front and centre. It points me in the direction of my goals and grounds me in the work to achieve them.
I take time to reflect on the past year, what worked and what didn’t. I try to gain a clear picture of what I want the next year (and beyond) to look like.
Looking beyond is a critical component. I may use these words for one year, but they are integral to building a foundation for my life and future work.
Sometimes, the words come from specific goals I’ve established. Other times, I jot down words that catch my attention or explore a list of core values that inspire me.
Want to see a few examples?
Previous 3 words from me
Feel free to steal any of these words for your own benefit.
2012: Listen. Act. Inspire.
2013: Live. Learn. Do.
2014: Dream. Create. Explore.
2015: Wellbeing. Kaizen. Leadership.
2016: Start. Observe. Adapt.
2017: Growth. Self-respect. Contribution.
2018: Simplicity. Primility. Creativity.
2019: Jump. Improvise. Recharge.
2020: Ask. Build. Sleep.
And here are my 3 words for 2021…
My 3 words for 2021
It took awhile for me to reach these words. They’re simple, but powerful guideposts that will serve me well over the coming year. I hope.
Move serves me in a few ways. Most importantly, it reminds me to move my body. But it also teaches me to move forward and not dwell too much in the past.
Life is movement. Move to recharge. Move to explore. Move to think.
Spend time in thought. Have the courage to observe your thoughts and feelings in any given moment. Build up your resistance to distractions.
Welcome silence and reflection into your life. Become a better thinker.
Connect different ideas with each other. Connect with nature more. Connect with yourself and others on a deeper level, so you can move more freely.
I hope to be able to connect with people in a more meaningful way in 2021.
Your turn: what are your 3 words for 2021?
Sharing this exercise makes it more fun.
I’d to love to hear your three words. Drop them in the comments!