In my last post I talked about articles by Michael Hyatt and Chris Brogan that are exercises in reflecting on the past and planning the future. I highly recommend both articles. It's not too late to put together a plan for 2010. In fact, I think without the pressure of the first few days of the year you can strategize with a more level head.
Chris Brogan has an exercise he does called 3 Words. From his post:
Over the last few years, I’ve practiced something I call “my 3 words,” where I come up with three words that I use as guidance for how I should conduct my efforts in the year to come. I set goals around these three words. I build deadlines and projects around these words.Here's my 3 words for twenty-10:
catalyst: A catalyst is someone or something that makes things happen. I want to take more initiative with my family time (especially with a baby girl on the way). Catalyst. I want to add value to people's lives. Catalyst. I want to take Katie out more often. Catalyst. I want to create excellent content on my blogs.
athlete: I understand the world of athletics; I think in terms of sports. Athletes are into training, planning, practicing, performing, and then reviewing the whole process and doing it again. Thinking of the word "athlete" makes me pursue my fitness. Though I may not compete in a race this year, I want 2010 to be a solid year of training. Athlete. I want to prepare for each week (and month) as an athlete prepares for a game. My life would be much more efficient and enjoyable if I spent a little more time preparing. Athlete. I also want to explore the idea of failure. Athletes fail. Failure is ok... if you learn from it. I'm afraid of failure. But if I fail I will know I'm trying hard and am fully invested. "I've never failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that don't work."
coffee: This is my most abstract word. Coffee this year reminds me of my morning routine. Before my family is awake I'm up reading my Bible, journaling about life, reading a good book, and preparing for my day. Coffee. I'm also going to pursue a few more meaningful relationships for me and my family. Coffee. I want to host friends and family at our house. Coffee. I want to get into some strategic relationships with other Christian men who I can do life with. Coffee.
Disclaimer: These three words may mean nothing to you, and they can't be fully understood from this post; it's not meant to be all-inclusive. But they have been pondered by me for over a week and I've internalized them and started to process them here. Accountability is good. Having goals is good. Failure is ok. Learning the process to growth is essential.