Most of us start the new year wide-eye and hopeful about the possibilities for the coming year. It’s like staring at an ocean of possibilities — a fresh start. How do we start and maintain that fresh perspective throughout the year?
Chris Brogan uses 3 words to plan and frame his focus for the year. In that spirit, here are mine for 2013 in no specific order:
It’s about doing the important things Now. Not later. If it’s valued and important to your larger purpose in the world, the time is now. That message as reinforced when a friends father passed away on Christmas eve. Do it now…if it’s worth doing!
Chris Brogan has a number of posts about being brave. Bravery is about choosing to step into your light and hence away from the shadows. When you secretly know that you are capable of something great, but aren’t pursuing it, this is when you need bravery.
There’s double meaning to my use of Own. Own is an attitude, but it’s also a media station (think Oprah Winfrey Network). In The Impact Equation, the authors introduce the concept of thinking of yourself as a TV station. We naturally tune into passions and specific TV networks because of the programming. Own reminds me of the work that’s needed to build my platform.
Since 1994, I’ve used a variety of methods to set and achieve my personal/professional goals for the year.
This year I decided to implement two things to help me on this journey.
1) I’m going to memorialize my journey through this blog. As of this writing, I’m using the tagline: Be Brave. Do Now. Have Impact. (By the way, this is a big deal as my primary mode of communication is talking versus writing. Plus I’ve taken a 2 year hiatus.)
2) I’ve registered for Chris Brogan’s Brave New Year (affliate). I’m working my way through the first video and looking forward to interacting with the group of people who are being brave now.
How are you planning to play on a bigger stage in 2013? What would you select as your three words?
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