Do you write down your New Year resolutions? I stopped doing that several years ago as each year it was the same thing – lose weight, exercise more, etc… etc…
No. Instead I come up with three words that will shape and hopefully drive my life for the coming year. I’ve found in the past that this has worked well for me, because whenever an opportunity would come up or I’d be asked to do something, I could do a quick check-in to see if it fitted my priorities for the year, and if it didn’t, I’d gracefully decline.
What sort of words have I come up with? One year it was health, acceptance and authenticity – the driver that year being that I needed to take better care of myself. Another year it was creativity, energy and connectivity, and then we had courage, curiosity and collaboration. Much depended on what I wanted to focus on that year or what had happened in the previous year to make me want to go in a certain direction.
So as we enter 2016, I am back selecting my words for the new year ahead.
So… drum roll please…. What are the words for 2016?
Launch. Learn. Life. (I am big on alliteration)
Launch because I am starting a new venture - Full Circle Publishing - through which we will help authors launch their books, taking the book from concept to completion. It’s exciting and scary at the same time, but I am looking forward to this new challenge. And who knows, maybe we will re-launch our magazine Company, which was a pet project of mine for years.
Starting anything new means that you are on a learning curve, and I am no exception. I’ve always been a lifelong learner and I welcome the opportunity to test the old grey cells before it’s too late.
As for my third word – life – I really want to make sure that I have some down time in 2016 so it is not all work. I guess the goal here is I am wanting to make sure I get a life.
I have to say it’s tempting to also throw in a fourth word for 2016, because in order for all the above to work – I have to let go. And I think it is feasible as I have a great team at Company of Women who will carry on the day-to-day work. Plus I won’t be disappearing, just being more selective on where I participate.
So what’s your three words? Try it on for size, you might be surprised where it takes you.