Focus in on your goals by choosing three key words for the year. Chosen well, they’ll act as a compass for when you’ve wandered off track, and spin you back to face in the right direction. Try it. Take some time to inquire into what you want to work towards over the next 12 months. Then think about the qualities that you need to cultivate in order to get there. What mental attitudes do you need? What techniques do you need to practice? What kind of relationships do you need to nurture? Finally, open a thesaurus and hunt for three words that perfectly resonate with your intentions.
Daily Affirmations – Why 3 Words?
This particular version of daily affirmations comes from Chris Brogan. I like it because it’s so simple. It’s just three words, but they need to be chosen carefully as they’ll serve as ‘signposts’ over the following twelve months.
Make the words such that they influence your choice of actions, encourage you to decide in favor of your goals, and guide you towards lasting results that you want to experience throughout the year.
The words should be impactful enough that merely seeing them will be enough to keep you on track. They should be written out and posted in places where you can’t help but see them. They’ll probably be a concentrated version of a larger picture. You should like them: they’ll be a kind of mantra over the next twelve months.
Chris thinks that three words work better than two or four. He recommends against phrases or making them into an acronym, because you’ll inevitably lose the power of one word in the process. He suggests chosing different words to those of last year, to avoid the risk of this year being the same as the last. And he advises against changing your words mid-year.
My 3 Words for 2018
I happened to wake up ridiculously early one morning last week, and so took the opportunity to do some journaling about my goals for 2018. I brainstormed, circled key words, played around with concepts, and then took a good few days to settle down and feel comfortable with My 3 Words for 2018. Strangely enough, one of my words is the same as Chris’s. Here they are:
- TASK For various reasons, the productive time available to me is quite limited. I’m well aligned with my circadian rhythms, which means I’m really tired in the evenings. I don’t want to disrupt that through digital stimulation. The afternoons inevitably fill up with appointments and chores. Which means I have to make the most of my mornings. I need to break big projects into small pieces, and focus on the tasks at hand. I need to be diligent about practicing The Pomodoro Technique, whereby you clarify the work to be done, set the timer for 20 minutes, and just concentrate on that one thing until time is up. Have a break, move, look out to the distance. Then set the timer again. I need to finish tasks. I need to take the advice of Tim Ferris, and think about life in terms of two-week experiments or 6 month projects.
- TEAM I’ve always been someone who has enjoyed working alone, but things have changed a little. One of the things that I absolutely loved about the Primal Health Coach Course – and what I’m continuing to appreciate now that I’m certified, is the power that is inherent in a strong, united team. People working together with the same values create a synergistic, expansive energy that everyone benefits from, and I want to encourage this. I want to form a Mastermind Group for monthly accountability and motivation. And I want to carry that team strength over into my coaching programs.
- VALUE Tasks, teams, projects and goals are all well and good, but if they’re not rooted in core values, such as integrity, truth, vitality and love, then they’re devoid of meaning. I want to be continually connected with the ‘Why’ of what I’m doing. Value serves to remind me of being mindful, of being present. Instead of slipping away with the mind into those stressful whirlpools of past and future, I want, more and more, to appreciate the value of life lived now by being aware of what I am seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and feeling in this very moment. It means not undervaluing myself or others.
My 3 Words for 2018 are in the front of my agenda. They’ll be at the top of my daily planning page, and scrawled amongst my various means of journaling. I’ll think about them as I’m walking Roxy. I’ll review what they mean to me, and keep them at the forefront of my mind.
What are your 3 Words for 2018? Spend a little time to find them, and then let us know in the comments – it’s a great exercise!
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