My Three Words for 2018

It’s that time of year again….when thoughts turn to New Years Resolutions.  And for most of us they don’t work.  They’re not fully formed, they’re vague.  They’re not committed to.  And they fall by the wayside very quickly.

Which is why in 2017 I tried something different. I chose three words to act as my compass for the year.  Three words that had personal meaning to me and would help guide me, on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, in the direction I wanted, to achieve the lifestyle and business results I desired.

And whilst to be honest, my 2017 wasn’t so great in terms of results, my words remained relevant and useful to me throughout the whole 12 months.  They not only made my goals more tangible, but also reminded me of how I want to be living my life and showing up in the world.   

So I’ve decided to make this an annual practice, and I invite you to join me.

My Approach

I’m writing these words on my daily productivity planner, as a constant reminder of my focus and intention for the year.  This allows me to check in at the start of every working day, and at certain points throughout the day.  And it helps keep the words (and what’s most important to me) front and centre, grounding me in the specific work that needs to be done, both internally in terms of mindset and state, and externally by way of actions.  

My Process

After reviewing 2017, I wrote my Success Letter (a future-dated letter to myself) to get into a joyful feeling and positive frame of mind before I set my three words and established my goals for 2018.  I started to consider words that would help influence my choice of actions, encourage me to make decisions in line with my goals and intentions, and guide me towards the kind of life I want to live and the results I want to experience over the next 12 months.

My Three Words for 2018

Ritual -  This was actually one of Chris Brogan’s (the person who started the three word practice) 3 words.  It resonated deeply with me because in my annual review of 2017 I recognised it as something that worked well for me but that I’d not done consistently.  My rituals are small daily activities to help keep things simple, provide self-nourishment, set my intentions and keep myself accountable.

Serve - This has meaning to me on many levels, in terms of wanting to impact positively on the wider community, as well as my personal relationships.  In business it reminds me to focus always on my clients and on those I can best help.  And in my personal life, to consider what best serves me and my loved ones.  To be authentic and in integrity.

Courage - Because of what I want to accomplish before my next milestone birthday, and because I want things to be different in my business this year, this word reminds me of the need to face my fears.  To have the courage to let things go that no longer serve, and to embrace the new and different that do serve.  To demonstrate courage in my thoughts, words and actions.

These three words work together too…

Courage reminds me of who I want to be and how I want to act.  Serve reminds me of why.  And Ritual reminds me of what I need to do today.

So those are my three words for 2018.  What about you?  What three words will you chose that have real meaning to you, and will act as your guideposts for the year ahead?  I’d love to know...