Three Words for 2012: Create, Focus, Courage

It’s a New Year and it’s that time again to tackle the New Year’s Resolution question.  

As is now becoming The Chris Brogan Tradition, it’s time to pick three words that will represent your goals in the New Year.

The three words that I have chosen are based on what I want to change from last year, and what I think will be needed to make sure I accomplish meaningful personal objectives in 2012, and that I no longer feel like I’m just waiting as days get checked off the calendar like a prison sentence being served. The (perhaps trite) spirit of my three words is this:  No longer passive spectator for me; it is high time to be an active participant in living life.

My three words for 2012 are as follows:

Create.  As the quote on a magnet I recently bought states:  “Life is not about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”  I will no longer allow my creativity to take a back seat to blindly “going with the flow”.  Two accompanying words that didn’t make my Top 3 Word cut, but are soulfully implied to be a part of “Create”, are: “Inspire” and “Create Value”.

Focus.  Loosely tied to the “Expert Enough Manifesto”, I’ve come to realize that goals don’t need to take forever to get done; that there are ways to show results sooner rather than later, i.e.,  it just depends on the results being targeted.  It’s not always about being big either.  Along with focus is finding “Balance”, i.e. another word that didn’t make my Top 3 Word cut, mostly because it is assumed to be a part of focus.  Success in one area at the expense of another priority (particularly health and fitness) will not be an acceptable option for me.

Courage.  I found that when you are looking for that extra push (or kick) to take a scary action, reading the free ebook, “The Flinch,” is the best medicine.  In this new year, my plan is to take more leaps of faith than ever before.  In the spirit of Wayne Dyer’s “Excuses Begone”, the following question of his seems especially appropriate: “What would my life look like if I didn’t have these excuses?”  Along with courage, would go the implied word (which was also a Top 3 Word contentder): “Action”.

Create, Focus and Courage are my final three targets for 2012.  I believe that I’ve spent enough time learning, reading, planning, and waiting.  Now it’s time to start doing. I have a new appreciation for what the phrase: “Fail fast and often” really means.  Now it’s time to stop talking and to start showing a.k.a. proving what I can do. 

I’m looking forward to the new year.  How about you?  What are your Three Words for 2012?

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