You’ve probably read Chris Brogan’s recent post, “My 3 Words for 2015.”
He made a commitment in 2006 to choose three words as his goals and guides to his actions for the coming year.
I decided to start doing this as well in 2012, the same year I started this blog. It is part of my commitment to live a life that is Honest, Open and True. When you choose three words and use them as your goals and guides for the year, you’re choosing to live intentionally.
My past words have included
Life is Not a Dress Rehearsal
Living intentionally is something that we can all probably do a bit better. I choose three words each year because they help me to work on areas where I want to do better.
It’s easy to float through life, not putting as much effort into your day as you could. I don’t mean that you aren’t doing your job, aren’t taking care of your family or don’t have any drive. I’m taking about making and keeping a commitment to yourself to live by your values and to live your best life.
Living intentionally means making choices and taking actions based on your values.
Some call it knowing why you do what you do.
If you live by ‘going with the flow’ and letting whatever happens happen, you’re not living intentionally.
If you go with the conventional choices, without thinking about options or what’s best for you, you’re not living intentionally.
If you think that once you’ve made a decision, you don’t have to think about it again and whether it was the right decision, or whether it is still the right decision, you’re not living intentionally.
My 3 Words and Why
This year, I made a commitment to live by my three values of Clarity, Gratitude and Listen.
Clarity. Seek clear understanding of what others need or expect from me, or promise to me. And, make sure that I communicate my own needs, expectations and promises clearly.
Gratitude. Act with gratitude to things that happen to me, whether those things were hoped-for or not.
Listen. Be present and paying attention when others speak.
“Intentional living is the art of making our own
choices before others’ choices make us.”
~ Richie Norton
Your Personal Appraisal
In what areas of your life could you be more intentional in your daily actions?
To help you choose your three words, ask yourself these questions.
- What things are important to you even when they’re not easy?
- What are you strongest abilities?
- Where are your weaknesses?
One more thing. If you’re tempted to choose more than three words, don’t. We humans seem to be wired to handle things in three. Simply put, you’re more likely to be successful if you limit yourself to three areas and focus on those. You don’t have to focus on them all of the time, though. You only have to focus on them on the days you eat.
Life Is Honest, Open and True: When you remember that each day and every situation brings choices, you are living intentionally. When you use your values to guide your decisions, you are living intentionally. You get one life to live. Make the commitment to yourself to live it intentionally. When you live it intentionally, you make it the best life possible.
I believe in you and want the best for you and know you can achieve the best for yourself.
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Here you can read Chris Brogan’s January 1 post, “My 3 Words for 2015”.