Four years ago, I did away with traditional New Year’s resolutions. I took a cue from author Chris Brogan and selected three words to serve as guideposts for the coming year.
Like I do every year, I’ve reflected on the past year and looked forward at what I want the next year of my story to be. I can’t explain why, but selecting my three words this year was much harder.
As noted, these three words are meant to guide both my personal and professional life. Over the years, I’ve found the process has proven to be more rewarding than simply identifying a series of resolutions that will be quickly forgotten by the middle of January.
Here are the posts that talked about my 3 words for the past few years:
My Three Words For 2014
+ UNWAVERING: To be steady and firm in purpose – that is how this word is defined. I’ve always had a good sense of what needs to be done, but over the past year, I’ve let minor things take me of course and distract me from my ultimate objectives. In 2014, I am committing myself to being firm and steady in all that I do. Resolute in providing my listeners with meaningful conversations on my podcast; unwavering in my goal to be healthy and to cross two lines on several races, including at least 2 half-marathons and a marathon; determined to play to my strengths in all areas of my professional life.
+ FAMILY: Losing a family member changes everything and serves to affirm what you’ve already known – family matters. I’m selecting this word because my family is the “crystal ball” that needs to take priority over everything in my life. Heather, Sebastien, Cecilia and Stella are the cornerstone to my life and I can’t do what I do without their support. So in 2014, I will be “steady and firm in purpose” in making my family a priority. More ‘breakfasts with dads’ and the start of ‘date nights’ with my wife will be the priority. Being the husband, father, uncle, son and brother God has called me to be is one sure way to make 2014 my best year to date.
What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life – to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories. ~ George Eliot
+ UNPACK: I carry baggage with me everyday. It comes in many forms like self-doubt and the fear of not being good enough or not relevant. It shows up when I give credence to the opinions others have of me. It comes to life when I tell myself “I can’t do this” and I underplay my skills and gifts because I worried about failing or looking like a fool. Well in 2014, I will work hard to unpack some of this excess baggage and leave it behind. I know it will not be an easy process – I’ve got to undo more than 40 years of self-talk and bad habits. I will be unwavering and know that, with God’s help, my load will be lighter come the end of the year.
Note: This final word came as a result of reading Allison Vesterfelt’s latest book titled “Packing Light: Thoughts on living life with less baggage.” I highly recommend it.
There you have it: UNWAVERING, FAMILY and UNPACK! My three words for 2014.
Now your turn! Have you chosen a word, or two or three to guide your story in 2014? If so, I’d love for you to share them with me and our community. Leave a comment below. And thanks for joining the conversation.
Be well and make it a great 2014!