I always hated making New Year’s resolutions since I always break them within weeks. Last year I jumped on the “3 Words” band wagon that Chris Brogan started. You decide on three words as your guide posts for creating goals and working a road map rather than set resolutions which are more “do or die” than planning. The three words offer some flexibility and I found it to be a great litmus test throughout the year when something new was presented to me.
The words I chose: Doing, Being, Finish. From where I stand on New Year’s Eve 2011, I’ve lived up to these guideposts. The remarkable thing about the ‘3 Words” is that they acted to put me on track.
If I had a decision to make or a new idea, I would put it up against these three words. These words would remind me to review my business plan or my personal goals. Here are some major milestones that I was able to reach by using these words to keep me true to my mission.
Doing: I needed to stop dreaming and start doing. It was pulling me. Milestone: So I decided to leave my 9 to 5 secure job after 8+ years and open Rosiemedia as a full time gig. Crazy? Yes. But I’m happier for it.
Being: I tried to be “in the moment” through out the year. Meaning I made plans, but I didn’t let the fear of the unknown keep me from taking some chances along the way. I stayed focused on my plan and didn’t let things derail my movement. Milestone: I share an office with an amazing strategic partner where we can be a create some powerful work because we help each other focus on the task at hand.
Finish: It took me almost twenty years to go back to school and finish my Bachelor’s. In 2010, I started my Journalism Certificate but I didn’t complete it. Milestone: Done and with some really satisfying writing happening during my last class. There might be a collection of short stories coming out in 2012.
So there you have it. Some other personal triumphs came along with the way using these words to ground myself. But in the frame of business, it’s always better to have a plan and something outside yourself to take you back to your goals along the way. Tomorrow I reveal my words for 2012 to help me build my business further. It’s still early, so why not think about three words that can help guide you into 2012?
Here’s a great post by Christopher Penn who explains how to develop your words using an easy diagram.