For five years, I’ve chosen three words to focus upon in the coming New Year. I’ve never been fond of resolutions, believing they’re a setup for the disappointment that comes with their lapse. Goals? I am working on plenty of those, all the time. Choosing my three words has been a fun way to zoom out a step from everyday, quarterly, annual and even multi-year objectives. I’ve found my three words to be a way to measure personal progress without quantification.
Over the years, my three words have looked like this:
- 2010 – Drink.More.Champagne: a reminder to celebrate the ordinary as well as the extra, consistently and more often. This is a permanent habit now. 🙂
- 2011 – Only.What.Matters: a look at shedding non-essential activities in favor of making room and conserving energy for meaningful experiences.
- 2012 – Rich.Beyond.Measure: awareness and gratitude for the blessings and overall happiness in life despite its challeneges.
- 2013 – In.The.Moment: preparing for and appreciating the sensory impact of our move to Kauai.
Others participate in My Three Words as well. Here’s a link to a growing list.ly: @ChrisBrogan’s #mythreewords Blogathon 2014. I’ll have added this post to it by the time you read it.
Reflecting over the moments of the past year for this post, I realized that even though we downshifted our lifestyle, life itself has been in high gear. Part of this feeling comes from the intense impact of the change in our environment. We went from 6?F. to 80?F. in February. Temperature swings are compressed, and daylight hours are more consistent between seasons. The days themselves are very similar in terms of routine and temperature, but within they are vastly different. Kauai’s beauty is wildly different, and we absolutely love it. We’ve allowed ourselves to really be in Kauai.
Just as importantly, the process of choosing three words looks ahead. We’ve got a big trip coming up, and we are anticipating travel’s even more pared-down lifestyle. It’s hard to describe the impact of simplicity without including freedom in the conjunction. We preach a more minimalist approach to anyone who will listen; several times a week we wind up talking story with visitors, most of whom will return to the life they left. A few will make plans involving major changes, as we have.
Usually, my three words have presented themselves suddenly and rather early within the thought process. For 2014, they didn’t. What this means is anyone’s guess; perhaps it will be revealed in time. But arrive they did, and they’re a good description for the path ahead: