Since 2011 I’ve been using Chris brogan’s idea of using three words to guide my year. This works much better (I think anyway) than specific resolutions that are set amidst an emotionally charged new year celebratory spirit. The words that cut further than specific project, or specific issues, and allows one to work more flexible, yet in a guided manner.
Just a reminder of previous years’ words:
Both time life might not have worked out quite as planned, but regardless I found the exercise useful, so I am repeating it this year.
My three words for 2013: Light, Love, Liberate.
Allow me to contextualize these words:
Light. The amount of light determines what we see. In her book on introverts (Quiet: The Power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking) Susan Cain says
The secret of life is to put yourself in the right lighting. For some it’s a Broadway spotlight; for others, a lamplit desk. Use your natural powers – of persistence, concentration, insight, and sensitivity – to do work you love and work that matters. Solve problems, make art, think deeply.
So ‘light’ makes me think of caring about the environment I put myself in. In some way it also relates to the 2012 ‘Purge’ guidance – I intend to cut down on the clutter, physically and mentally, and create an environment in which I can be more effective and productive.
Love. Does this needs explaining? Do the things that I love. Of course some things need doing anyway, but the key here is to strike a balance.
Liberate. This I mean in the sense of setting free, letting go. I am one of those who way too frequently hide behind the excuse of “It’s not perfect/ good enough yet’. Quite a difficult ‘habit’ to break, but in 2013 I will try to liberate more of my ideas and outputs…
I know I am ready for 2013! What about you, what do you plan on doing/changing/delivering this year?