My 3 Words for 2024

Simplicity

Happy New Year to all of you sexy people!

New year’s 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.”

Brief history of “My 3 Words” — I came across this nearly 10 years ago from a blog post by storyteller and marketer Chris Brogan. 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.

“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.

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

I began 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 – it’s not too late to start.

Here are some more tips on how to choose yours:

  • 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- my.smr.fm!) 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.

My 3 Words for 2024:

Wander – This word has multiple meanings. 1. I want to continue to explore, try new things, seek out adventures in travel, food, experiences, events. The journey is the point, not the destination. 2. There is a practice I’m trying out of going through each day with a belief God will provide for the day. 3. And, this word is in honor of Pam’s adventurous side again – plus it combats my stuck-in-the-mudness syndrome.

Integrate – Take all the inputs and materials I’m learning and integrate them into my processes of living and working. Discard what isn’t useful – apply what’s useful to refine my beliefs and actions. Ultimately, make the information I come across part of myself and my path.

Push – This one is so simple. Every day, push. Do something. Move forward. Push. Bring my efforts forward a notch. Even if it’s a little notch, do it. Contact people. Lift the weights. Do the push-ups. Make media content. Push. I’ve got a good feeling about this word – and it also scares me.

What say you? Come join us and see what this does for you in 2024.