My Three Words for 2015

FamilyHappy New Year.

I’m a huge fan of the My Three Words exercise started by Chris Brogan back in 2006.

The basic premise is that rather than making resolutions, which usually end up in a heaping pile of undone, choose three words that serve to guide you throughout the year. The words should keep you focused on your goals or more importantly, your mission.

While I have some very specific goals for 2015, even when taken together, they don’t fully represent what it is I am trying to accomplish. They are markers. They are part of the process. But I am more than the sum of my goals.

I chose to add a little twist to my three words this year. Each word is also an answer to some basic questions: What? How? and Why?

I’ll share with you how they fit as well as a bit about why I chose them.

Without further ado…

My Three Words

Dad – This word has been nagging at me for weeks. It found me one day and wouldn’t let go and so it had to be my first word.

To say this word has multiple meanings for me is an understatement. First and foremost, I am the father of four children. There is simply no more important role in my life. Beyond that, I lost my own father at the age of 15 very suddenly. In many ways, that experience set me on this grand adventure.

The word Dad is exactly what I want to be, now and in the future. Every aspiration I have is tied to that word. Every desire to be better. Everything I need to improve upon or assume responsibility for. Every joy I hope to experience and every challenge I face. It’s about taking my life seriously and remembering to laugh while doing it. For me, Dad is both aspirational and grounding.

Method - For many years, I had a tendency to make things more difficult or more complex than they needed to be. I can overthink things when in reality, there is joy and results in simple methods. Method reminds me of how I am going to approach each day and the actions I am taking. Each day of 2015 needs to contain simple, proven, methods for doing what needs to be done. There is no mystery, just simple methods, and the work to execute them.

Free - I chose the word free to remind me why I work as hard as I do. It will remind me to make the right choices every day. In the end, all I’ve ever wanted is to be free to choose how I spend my time; what I say yes to, or no to. I have a pretty amazing life and free is also a reminder to enjoy what I have and to break free of anything that may still be keeping me from that.

It is also a reminder to give, which is another why. Part of being free is to choose how I spend any of my resources in order to be helpful in some way.

I’d say it all starts today, but this has been in the works for a few weeks now. 2015 has 365 days and I’m looking forward to every single one of them.

Do you have Three Words?


Don’t forget to check out Chris Brogan’s Three Words


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