I’ve never done this before, but I think Chris Brogan is a pretty smart guy and he does it every year. Reason enough to step out and give it a try.
If you’re not familiar with the 3 Words a Year resolution/goal setting approach I encourage you to read the back story and Chris’ three words for 2015.
In a nutshell, it’s a bit of a shift in perspective from the traditional half-hearted, often cliché resolution or the long, never to be revisited listing of personal and professional goals. Instead you’re challenged to pick three guiding words that you can keep top-of-mind, helping to focus your pursuit of a great new year.
Without further ado here are my 3 Words of 2015…
Clarity – Like many people I have a lot things going on in my life–I have a big family, I’m an active leader in a new church plant, and I own and run a growing marketing agency. All this busyness can quickly become overwhelming and counterproductive. Combine lots of activities with my easygoing personality and a high level of comfort with ambiguity and I often end up generating a lot of commotion with little forward motion.
This is why clarity is going to be an important tool for me in 2015. I intend to work hard at making sure that each of the major areas, projects, and endeavors in my life has distinct clarity of purpose and a clear direction before I leap in with both feet. If it doesn’t, I plan to step back and reconsider it.
Focus – Clarity is one thing. It gives purpose and direction, but then you have to stay focused. This is where my second word comes into play. I’m easily distracted and the very nature of my leadership roles cause me to be constantly dealt impromptu interruptions.
This year I plan to really pursue a more focused and disciplined approach. A big part of this will include me being better about teaching and encouraging those around me to be more independent and disciplined in their own activities. My hope is that this will minimize the occurrences of these unexpected crises, which suck off valuable resources and energy from more productive activities.
Systems – By design my three words work closely together, and my third word is the scaffolding that holds the other two together. Systems are how I intend to codify ‘clarity’ and ‘focus’ into the execution of some of the most important and most productive activities in my life.
Systems are how I intend to increase the efficiency, consistency, and scale of important activities that I know contribute to success. Developing these systems will require me to more carefully define and organize haphazard routines, build time-saving templates, and develop stronger habits. If successful, these systems should keep more things moving forward in a more predictable and consistent way.
Now, it’s your turn. I’ll only take five minutes. Try it with me.
What are you 3 Words? I’d love to hear and be inspired by yours. Feel free to link back to this post (http://billrice.com/3-words-2015/) in yours or Tweet them @billrice so that I read, promote, and encourage yours.
Happy New Year!