3 Words for 2011 a la Chris Brogan & Friends
I’m jumping on Chris Brogan’s bandwagon and sailing out beyond the breakwater into 2011 with three words as navigational buoys to launch me into the new year, help me stay on course and avoid the rocks, and to keep the Good Ship Susan afloat during the inevitably turbulent seas of life in the year ahead. You still need a compass whether the seas are smooth or rough. (There’s also the lesson of the Plimsoll line – but that’s for another post on work life balance).
My three words are taken from a program I developed called “The Spiral of Life” – my team and I delivered a 4 day workshop in 2004 that took 40-some people through a progression of ideas that moved them to some deeper understanding of the interconnectedness and volatility of dynamic living and personal / professional success creation. I personally think that was some of the best work I’ve ever done.
The three words for 2011 are “Thrive – Achieve – Believe”. These terms are elements of the Spiral of Life mantra – which speaks to the states of being we move through in every aspect of our life – “Survive – Thrive – Break Free – Agree – Achieve – Believe – Live – Whole!” Once I’m done my series on community building (to be resumed with gusto in 2011), I’ll be pushing and pulling these ideas as well, in terms of how they relate to community development.
THRIVE: I will be healthier. I will be more fiscally secure and prosperous, and manage my time and resources to do more / earn more. I will choose engagement rather than solitude, community rather than hermitage, and collaboration over stagnation when I run into creative block. I will strengthen my existing relationships, and create new ones that encourage me in achieving my potential. I will have more fun. I will remember to buy hyacinths.*
ACHIEVE: I will set specific measurable attainable realistic and timely (SMART) goals for myself. I will become an evangelist by example for the Cult of Done. I will achieve my professional goals, as well as my personal development goals. I will get the band back together – or start a new band – but music returns to my world in 2011. In ways big and small, some known publicly, some known only to myself and perhaps my nearest and dearest – I will achieve more – with joy – in balance – and that opens up Door #3, Monty …..
BELIEVE: I believe in myself. (and some days, I believe I’ll have to fake it til I make it). I believe in my loved ones and friends and nurture these relationships that add so much value to my life. I believe in my superiors and subordinates – and believe that everyone comes to work every day with the intention of doing the best work they can. I believe that I have something to say/write/share that provides value and encouragement to those who choose to / need to hear it/read it. And … after an almost year long sabbatical, I will put my pointy hat back on, and return to the practice of my Spiritual Belief System – which is not what it was, but will be what it is.
So there you have it. Three words. Big Scary High Concept Words. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. How will I integrate these three words into 2011? One day at a time. That’s all I have to work with anyways – plan for the future, but do the work today.
I look forward to sharing the journey with you. Let’s collaborate – collude – conspire – cocreate – integrate – resonate and do some great work and have some great times.
So – what are YOUR three words? It’s only Day 2 of 2011 – and it’s still the weekend – so put your oar in the water and share your three words. I’d love to hear them.
Enjoy the day,
*If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft,
And from thy slender store
Two loaves alone to thee are left,
Sell one, and with the dole
Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.