3 Words for 2016 – My Alternative to New Year’s Resolutions

Albert Einstein

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” ~ Albert Einstein

I am a big fan of the New Year concept. A fresh start. The New Year’s Resolutions. I realized long ago that I was not the kind of person who benefited from setting New Year’s Resolutions.  Sure, I would go forth with the best intentions to weigh less, earn more, exercise regularly, organize my office, etc, etc, etc, but at the end of the year, I would generally hate myself for weighing more, earning less, and deciding it might be easier to go out and buy a new stapler because I will never find the old one in this Einsteinian mess I call a desk…

The truth is, I am in good company. Not just in the messy desk department, but in this whole New Year’s Resolution scam.

Then one day, I came across this blog post from Chris Brogan. It’s genius! Instead of making the same, unreachable claims that I will completely overhaul my life each year, I can pick 3 words that represent my intention for the year. An annual philosophy of sorts. Because, like most To Do lists, once reality sets in, the lists gets wadded up in frustration and replaced with basic survival strategies, at least in my world. He’s been doing this for 11 years now!

Now, the 3 word strategy is great for looking forward on January 1 but what really makes it work is accountability. As in, state your 3 words out loud and get some folks to check in from time to time to see how things are going. I neglected that part…until now.

This year, I am not only stating my 3 words publicly – here, in this post – but I am also going to invite anyone who wants to participate to meet up quarterly to check in on each other’s progress. Fun, right!? I am going to send out some invites but if you are reading this post and would like to participate,  you are welcome to join. Just send me a note and let me know you are in.

Here they are…my 3 words for 2016:

CONNECT: This has been an intention of mine for several years. To connect with friends. To connect with community. It’s hard to do. We get busy or feel introverted or procrastinate and pretty soon it’s been a month since you said you would call so-and-so and you feel dumb and put it off longer. I have great friends I don’t see often enough. I live in a wonderful neighborhood but know very few of my neighbors – at least I know a few, though! I miss my clients when the deals are done. My kids are moving out and it’s harder to keep in touch. So this is a biggy…a BIGGY! Expect to hear from me!


2016 – The Year of Mojo

MAP: I am not kidding about the messy desk thing. I am one of those people that has a lot of things going on all the time. It’s very easy for me to feel busy, but accomplish little. So I have mapped out a plan for the year and I am going to follow it like it leads to a secret treasure. Which it does!

MOJO: The last 10 years have been tough. Not going to lie. I am a survivor. I got through and things are going really well now. Awesome actually. But, I have lost my mojo. My crazy It’s-Not-Rocket-Science mindset that makes me kind of bad ass. I still do things but I have doubts and fears that keep me from really enjoying each day. So 2016 is the Year of Mojo. Just a heads-up.

Join me on this ride! Let’s help each other make 2016 a memorable year.


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