I suspect I am not the only one to be glad to see the back of 2016. While there were a few personal highs – like the launch of my publishing company and a wedding party reunion, there were a lot of lows and some, like what’s happening with our friends south of the border, continue to be worrisome.
But I am an optimist by nature, and you have to focus on the best and on what will be positive in the year ahead.
Many years ago I stopped doing New Year resolutions. Frankly they were a waste of time, as after the initial commitment, I forgot all about them. Instead I started to come up with three words that I wanted to live my life by in the year ahead.
That strategy has worked well for me. So drum roll please…. the words for 2017 are Listen. Learn. Love. (I like alliteration). Let me explain why those words as each has several reasons for being chosen.
Listen. It is important to listen to those around you – your colleagues, clients, family and friends. When you listen, you learn more and can be more effective as a leader. But I also want to listen more to myself - to trust my intuition and act on it, and to listen to my body when it tells me that I am working too hard.
Learn. With starting a new business, there is a lot to learn and I want to be open to that learning, as I strive to be the best I can be. So often I learn lessons the hard way, and even if that’s how I grasp the information, I want to pay attention and act accordingly. I also want to remember and learn from past experiences, and say “no” when I need to, instead of trying to please everyone.
Love. I only want to work on what I love to do, hang out with people that I like and love, and who in turn value and care about me. I also want to spend more time with the people that I really care about and love deeply like my family and close friends.
These words are probably no different from previous years but I believe they are more intentional. I almost feel this will be the “year of me.” After the deaths of family members and friends last year and other disappointments, I am determined to live my life in a way that matters most to me.
What words would you choose? Reflect on your past year and focus on what you want for 2017. Then make it happen.