2024 is fast approaching – which often means people all over the world may make new year’s resolutions. If you’re like me (and most everyone else), they don’t work very well for daily/weekly execution.
What I’ve found much more helpful is a practice called “My 3 Words.”
“My 3 Words” was created by storyteller and marketer Chris Brogan, and the idea is to “think up three words that will help guide your choices and actions over the coming year.” What I love most about this use as a guidepost all year — it helps frame both my professional life AND my personal life.
Past Iterations of my 3 Words.
2015 Present (only chose 1 word, not the best result but it got me started with the process)
2016 Essential Matter Connect
2017 Ask Invest Involve
2018 Quiet Ask Do
2019 Streamline Value Real
2020 Embrace Movement Impact
2021 Curious Listen Map
2022 Rethink Act Share
2023 Now Untangle Explore
2024 Will share on January 1st
I begin the process of choosing the three words a month or so before the new year, as they usually take some time to materialize. So, if you want to join in and frame your new year – begin the process now.
Here are some tips on how to choose yours:
The words that you select for ‘My 3 Words’ are meant to serve as lighthouses to guide you through foggy moments. To that end, it’s important to pick words that have enough meaning that you’ll snap your perspective into alignment with them and build out your days, weeks, months, and year accordingly, ~ Chris Brogan.
- Don’t make it a phrase. Don’t say “publish the book”. It also wastes words by using “the”.
- Use words that are actionable if you can. “Expand” is better than “bigger.”
The more useful and practical the words can be, the better.
- Don’t use words that are sexy (even though that is a very good word 😉). Use words that will be your compass.
- Stick with the 3 words all year. Every time I’ve adjusted one a month or two later, the year gets messed up. I can’t explain it, but I can report it.
- Use plain words. Years where I’ve tried “fancy” words with layers of meaning, I lost the thread.
- Personal meaning. The words don’t have to mean anything to anyone but you. Don’t worry about explaining them.
Here is a couple of additional tips from my personal experience:
- Share your words with others. When you share your words and the meaning behind them, I’ve found it to be easier for people to support me. (Post them on the platform!)I encourage every Mastermind group I run to join in this process.
- Put your words somewhere visual. We are a visual people. The more you can see these words in front of you every day, the easier it will be for them to be your compass.
I’ve loved how the 3 Words have helped shape my year.
Come join us and see what it does for you.