Most new year rituals include planning for the upcoming year. There are resolutions, promises, plans and wishes. Traditionally, I’ve divided up my new year planning into four pillars: Career, work, family/friends and personal. I set goals for each pillar. 2011 was a pretty successful year. Most goals were met or exceeded, but some didn’t quite happen and that’s OK.
3 words for 2012
This year I’m using Chris Brogan’s 3 words technique. What that entails is,
find three words that could be used as lighthouses to guide you through stormy seas, that can be used as flags on the battlefield of your challenges, words that will bolster you and give you a direction that goes beyond the goals you might attach as a result of these words.
I’ll then apply the three words to each pillar.
MY 3 words for 2012
The reason why I like the “3 words” approach is that it helps me focus. Before each pillar had it’s own direction so some goals would conflict with others in different pillars. The focus of this year is really going to be me — perfecting myself and what I offer to you, here on this blog and at work. My new Hack Your Life Project is directly related to that.
I want to reinvest into energy into learning. Not just from the great blogs or books I read, but from friends and influencers. I want to get out and spend more time with people. I want to feel challenged.
I want to take the time to work on my strengths and perfect them. Of course there is no end-result for this one; perfecting and improving is constant. I’d like to focus my energy on my strengths and less on my weaknesses so that I can build at what I’m good at.
There is no point in learning and perfecting if you don’t do. A big part of the Hack Your Life Project is to help me do. We often shy down from having to do something because of the fear of what is different and the consequences of change. I want to get more comfortable with doing.
That sums up my focus for this year. What are your goals for 2012?
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