3 words for 2012I first saw Chris Brogan do this. And he just posted his three words for 2012.

I don’t do resolutions. Haven’t for years. Those times that I did, frustration often resulted from too many, covering too much, that were too easily forgotten. But employing three defining words to direct focus and behavior? Now that might be effective … and doable.

Chris describes how to think of these words:

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.

Lighthouses. Flags. Excellent.

I’ve been considering a number of words over the last few days to see if they’d fit my desire, and need, to make improvements and set direction. From some of the following descriptions, three surfaced. They don’t need to start with the same letter, these just happened to. And they fit.

My three words for 2012 are:

Commit to:
- finishing what I start.
- excellence in business.
- eating well.
- doing what I say I’ll do.
- making decisions.
- helping others.
- minimizing distractions.
Psalm 37:5

Be consistent in:
- parenting.
- biking.
- writing/blogging.
- showing up. On time.
- my sleep schedule. Waking early.
- carrying out the commitments.
Proverbs 4:27

Be courageous in:
- relationships.
- sharing who I am. Just … Hit … Publish.
- using the word “no.” And not only to others.
- accepting criticism. And criticizing less.
- reducing self-imposed limitations.
- giving myself and others the permission to succeed.
- shipping.
Philippians 4:6

Commitment. Consistent. Courage.

What three words define your desires and direction for 2012?

  • http://godtreasure.blogspot.com Dorci

    My three would be:
    1. Discipline.
    I ‘ve always lacked it and it drives me crazy. I’m an emotional chick and my brain wants to be ruled by my feelings. But I’m going to do my best, with God, to put the kibosh on that. I’d rather be ruled by the Holy Spirit. I think I can get a lot more done that way.

    2. Move
    This ties in with the previous one. I need to stop letting my emotions keep me in the past and just keep moving forward.

    3. Free
    This is the year I’d like the walls to come down and stay down. It seems like a monumental task, but I’m ready. Ready for healing and for all God has in store for me.

    Blessings to you!

    • Garry Stafford

      I can so relate to your #1. Well, not so much the emotional chick part! But lacking discipline. Put the kibosh on that! Nice. Had to Google that one. ;-)

      Moving forward, knowing that you are free and so more willing to break down the walls. Love it. I know you can do it! Thanks, Dorci, for sharing here.

  • http://cathypresland.com/ Cathy Presland

    Great words Garry – you arelady know mine for this year – simplicity, connection and laughter ;)

    Let’s go for it!!


    • Garry Stafford

      Cathy, I know that I can get too serious with this, so I like that you added laughter. We need to remember to not only add that but make it a priority. To have fun too!

      Bring it!!

      Thanks for commenting!

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