But by far my favorite New Year’s ritual is the 3-word practice popularized by Chris Brogan. Chris is a social media expert and business coach who I follow.
The 3-word practice is deceptively simple. All you have to do is condense your 2017 goals into three words. Then keep those words visible and use them as guides and reminders about your intention for the year. (Want more details? See Chris’ post about #my3words practice here.)
I love this practice because the challenge of choosing just three words forces you to zero in on themes, values and priorities. In turn, this guides other crucial choices throughout the year. It's fun, it's effective and it really helps connect the drier planning processes to both vision and values. In the past, my 3 Words have helped me keep motivation and intention alive long after most New Year's resolutions have quietly disappeared.
Along with 3 words I like to choose a companion image or icon so I have both visual and verbal triggers to reinforce the annual goals/themes.
Here are my three words for 2017:
Seek maximum efficiency of effort. Streamline processes and systems.
Always look at the ultimate results (the fruit) for my company and clients. Prune, nurture and cultivate services and team.
Turn up the volume on company and client impact. Continually offer ideas, resources and results. Build presence.
What are your 3 words for 2017? Share them in the comments below and on social media with #my3words.