Last year I came up with three words to help me define and progress through my year (you can read about them here, and about the idea itself from the man who came up with it, Chris Brogan, here.)
I’ve gone back and forth on whether to choose three words for this year, but once I realized that last year’s words did in fact make a difference, I figured I’ve nothing to lose and possibly so much to gain.
Last year I chose the words drop, deepen, and frame. When I felt overwhelmed I’d glance over at the white board next to me and choose the one that fit the problem best. Was this something that I wasn’t going to see much if any benefit from (income, joy, whatever)? Drop it. Was it something I found myself returning to, wanting to learn more about, having fun with? Deepen my knowledge of or participation in it. Maybe I just needed to find some focus? Look for or create boundaries or a framework.
I think I’ll keep those three words in place- but add three more.
So without further wordage or ado- my three words for 2012:
If it’s not joyful, then why am I doing it? That’s a legit question with some legit answers but in this one life, I want joy to come first. Joy in creating, joy in community, joy in family, joy in giving back, joy in being entertained…
I’m a natural born cynic. I’ve both embraced and fought against this aspect of my personality over the years, but being cynical is hard work. Stepping back with grace is easier. And nicer.
It took me nearly half a century to figure out that doing something over and over can pay back more than it takes away. Not everything I do needs to be fresh and new. For me this was a hard fought lesson to learn! I’m not just talking about physical strength, although that’s certainly part of it. Strength entails practice, and practice allows growth.
Joy, Grace, and Strength to you and yours this year!