Every year I identify three words to help define my purpose going into the new year. I picked this up from Chris Brogan some years ago and never quite let go of it. I find it works better than a narrow resolution. It provides a territory rather than a discreet goal that’s ripe for failure.
Once you give yourself permission to stop trying to do it all can you make your highest contribution towards the things that really matter. I want to continue to work to remain clean and free of clutter both in my digital, professional, and creative life.
Essentialism is not about how to get more things done; it’s about how to get the right things done. It doesn’t mean just doing less for the sake of less either. It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy in order to operate at our highest point of contribution by doing only what is essential. – Greg McKeown
I chose this word in the past but I feel that it is so important that it remain a key focus. It could remain a core focus for years to come. I strongly suggest Essentialism, one of the most important books I have read in recent memory.
Balance and composure. It’s the outward presence of that comes with essentialism. This has the greatest implications in my professional work where I have taken on more management responsibilities.
Voice is the thing that makes me unique. Over the past year or two I have had a tendency to be pulled away by what others have done or are doing. I want to remain focused on the very things that define me and have brought me to where I am.
What are your 3 words for 2018?