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For the last two years I have picked three words that guide my actions, the way I live.  Instead of picking out one or two tasks for the year, I have words encapsulate ideas, visions, hopes, dreams and then I work the rest of the year to make them specific ideas.  Chris Brogan has inspired this practice.  I still have some work to fully master this concept but each year it gets easier and better.

As Chris says

“The big story is that which we want to believe about our life and our goals and our plan. The vision is how you lay that out into something you can do. Goals are a way of knowing that you’re headed in the direction of your vision and your story. Plans and milestones are what make up goals, and if this doesn’t land on the calendar, you don’t have anything.

The three words are a shorthand representation of your bigger story. It’s kind of like how an icon isn’t the software program. It’s just a way for you to mentally access all the work you’re doing.”

I have done this for the last 2 years and here were my words

2011 —  Acceleration, Mindfulness, and Learning

2012 — Simplify, Share and Balance

My words for 2013

1.  Transformation — The last few years I have been working up to this.  I have tried to create balance in my life, I have simplified the way that I life and I have been mindful of my actions.  Now it is time to completely transform who I am and what I do in my life from the inside out.  I am committed more than ever to lose weight, get healthy and to inspire others to do the same.  I also want to transform my spirituality.  I am going to be seeking out a spiritual director and to talk with that person about connecting my work, family and personal life with my faith.

2.  Practice — The practice is the reward.  Practice means that I will remember to do DAILY what needs doing.  I have a great productivity system set up, now I need to use it!!  I will look at all the areas of my life and I will do the work that needs to be done.  I will look ahead and be fully prepared for meetings, worship, teaching, as well as leisure activities. I refuse to just “wing it” in any aspects of my life any longer.

3.  Completion — I know that I am an idea guy.  I love being creative and coming up with ideas for worship, ministry, just…  I have a number of projects that I have started over the last 6-8 years that need completion.  I am planning on making the right connections in order to complete these tasks and ideas.  By the end of the year I hope to have a number of these things completed and I look forward to sharing them with you!

So there you have it.  I have printed out my list and I am hanging it up at work and at home to constantly remind me of my commitment to this process.

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?  If you have three words that guide you, what are they?