The practice of choosing three word that will frame a year is a tool I learned from Chris Brogan (a fantastic resource for business owners). He described the practice well in this post.
In short, the goal is to pick words that you can read daily, words which will guide you in your actions, thoughts and behaviors for a year. It’s a simple exercise, yet if you spend two minutes on it you’ll see that you likely need thirty minutes.
So what were are my three words for 2018? First, let’s review 2017. Oh, right. I can remember them. Needless to say those words did not frame my year in 2017. Nor did the words I used in 2016 shape my year. So what’s going to be different about this year? A few things.
First, the words that I’m going to work on I’ve already started working on since the beginning of November, 2017. I use an app called Streaks to log various streaks. With my gratitude practice, I did that every days in December 2017. I meditated 29 of 31 days in December. Rope stretching was dismal – did it handful of times in December 2017.
I have a goal to do the trio of rope stretching, meditating and a gratitude practice every day for 2018, taking things a day at a time. Rather than having three new habits to start in January 2018 I now only have one. And the good news is I’ve roped stretched before for extended periods and know that if I can just get through the first 5 days, 10 days, 20 days, I will feel fantastic.
Here are the three words, followed by a motto for 2018.
Listen to the girls. Listen with an open mind and an open heart, not only to the girls, but friends and family as well. That said, I need to listen with caution to feedback. A runner that emails me and has followed my training suggestions for years and is struggling deserves empathetic attention; the runner who is unwilling to run by feel may not warrant an email reply.
Still trying to figure out how to listen on social platforms. I hope to have a system by the end of January.
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