January 3rd, 2012

My 3 Words for the New Year

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Happy New Year 2012

As I’ve mentioned in the past, New Year’s resolutions don’t work for me. They are a set-up for big time failure and I don’t handle failure very well.  For all of us, January resolutions roll in just as the holiday season rolls out.  I’m just returning from a wonderful week of family vacation. All we are struggling to do at the moment is return to our regular routine. When the alarm clock goes off tomorrow morning the routine will fall back into place, whether we are ready or not.  Adding any significant change to the mix would throw me over the edge and would most certainly be a recipe for grumpy mommy syndrome-and trust me no one wants that.

In place of a resolution I’m going to try something new that seems inspirational rather than daunting. Chris Brogan came up with the brilliant suggestion to forgo the idea of a resolution, and instead, come up with 3 words that will help define your goals and experiences for the coming year.

My 3 Words for 2012

My three words for 2012 are:


The honesty that I am referring to relates to me (I’m already honest with all of you!).  I’m going to focus on being completely honest with myself about what works in the growth of my business and my personal growth.  There are so many incredible opportunities out there reading for the taking, but it’s impossible to do them all. This will be a year of evaluation and serious thought before jumping in. Then, once a decision is made, I can jump in with two feet and do my very best.


No, I’m not talking about more gifts. This is about being present. Really living in the moment and focusing on what’s happening NOW.  My youngest son is known for waking up every morning with a big smile and asking “What’s the plan for the day?”  If there is something special happening he then proceeds to ask (over and over) “When is it time for ____?” It’s hard for all of us to live in the moment. We are constantly thinking about something in the future that we’re excited or anxious about.  My rational self knows that whatever is coming in the future will always be there. I’m going to work on making sure my true self realizes this too so that I am able to be present and enjoy every moment.


What I have learned from blogging thus far is that I have so much more to learn (and this is one of the things I love most about blogging). I have also learned that there are countless passionate, brilliant and knowledgeable men and women out there very willing to help (you know I’m talking about YOU).  I am planning to tap into all of that powerful knowledge in 2012 because I know I can’t do it alone.  I have a few projects stored inside my head just waiting for the OK, but I’m in need of a lot more information before they are ready for sharing. So be on the lookout-I just might be reaching out to learn a little from you.


What are your 3 words for 2012?


Much of my inspiration for this post came from 30 Things to Start Doing for Yourself.

Photo used under Creative Commons by Hokpakh/Flickr]

30 Responses to “My 3 Words for the New Year”

  1. I love your 3 words! I was thinking about a “theme” or one “word” for the year, and it just wasn’t working. That’s because I needed more than one theme or one word!! I love that you chose 3 words. Honesty is definitely on my list! Hope your 2012 is super awesome!

  2. I can’t even remember the last time I made a New Year’s Resolution.

    There are a couple of words that I am always trying to focus on, being MINDFUL and being PRESENT. I feel like if I can focus on those things then everything else will fall into place. So I guess those are my words for 2012.

    I gave myself a book by Lama Surya Das (Buddha Standard Time) that I am looking forward to reading. I know in that book he talks about mindfulness and meditation and fitting it in when we think we don’t have the time. Because that is an excuse I think I use far too often.

    Also, that post you mentioned at the end was very inspiring for me too. I think that it should be required reading.

    Happy New Year!

  3. What a neat idea! It’s fun to look at the New Year from a different perspective. My 3 words would be:

    Happy New Year to you!

  4. Oh your three words are awesome!! Such a good post! Hope this New Year holds many blessings for you and your family. I also want to thank you for always leaving such nice comments on my blog!

  5. Great choices, Lori! I’m with you on being present. It’s something I’m often not very good at if my brain is busily munching on something else. (Hence: Kevin has to re-do the dishes I just ‘washed.’) Other words that would be good for me would be ‘resilience’ and ‘tenacity’ — especially as I try to figure out what I want to be when I grow up!

  6. Sweat. Patience. Prosper.

  7. I’m not big on resolutions either, but this certainly sounds a little more doable. I’ve already had some vague ideas on what I want to accomplish this coming year, and if I had to encapsulate them into three words, they’d be Balance (oh, balance would be so nice!), Health, and Growth.

  8. What a great idea and I love your 3 words, Lori. I’m feeling in a bit of a limbo right now. I’m not necessarily trying to come up with resolutions, but trying to really come up with a good plan to make this year awesome and successful. Part of what would make it awesome? If I get to see you at a conference.

  9. I don’t think I have EVER made a New Year’s resolution Marsha. Mindful and Present are perfect words for this year. They sound so simple, but both are extremely challenging (for me!). I love that you gave yourself the book by Lama Surya Das. I’m sure it will be very inspirational. I would like to hear your thoughts on it when you finish. Happy New Year to you too!

  10. I have to tell you Lynn I had a very hard time narrowing it down to three words. There are so many words out there that seemed applicable. It was a great exercise in focusing on my true direction for the year. I sort of let the words pop up and I sat with them for a bit before writing to make sure they were a good fit. Wishing you the very best in 2012!

  11. Those are fabulous words Micaela. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a very Happy 2012!

  12. Thanks so much Alicia! I wish the same for you this year. I thank you for your wonderful comments-I smile every time I see your name.

  13. Thanks Jennifer. Did Kevin really have to rewash the dishes? I love your words: Being present, resilience and tenacity. Perfect. Hopefully what you do now is pretty close to what you end up doing when you grow up-since you do it so well!

  14. Thanks for sharing your 3 words. Sweat-patience and prosper are perfect for 2012.

  15. Balance is a great word. I need some of that too! Health and growth are also perfect. I think I need more then three!

  16. Hi Cathy-I have no doubt that your 2012 will be awesome and successful. I’m hoping that I’ll get to see you in NY this summer? Are you planning to go to any other conferences?

  17. Health, Confidence amd Persistence.
    I want to take better care of myself and my family, stop complaining/worrying about what I dont have and lastly, keep reaching for the stars! about

  18. Excellent Tiffany! Thanks for sharing. I think you are doing a fabulous job already. Happy 2012!

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  20. Yes, the New Year is always a good time to take stock in oneself. I agree that resolutions lose their intention shortly after making them. For many years, I’ve stepped into the new year with a “Way of Being”. This year my 2012 Way of Being is Breath-Filled Patience. Why is it breath-filled you ask? Regular ole patience wasn’t cutting it! I always need more patience, yet if I breathe into it, I find I can access it much better. It has certainly worked in the few days of the year so far! For past Ways of Being, I’ve used level-headed with grace, creative evolution, and vibrant.

  21. Hi Joan-I really like how you took plain old patience and refined it to be “Breath-Filled Patience”. It’s amazing how a simple breath can have such a profound effect. Thank you for sharing how you step into the New Year. “Way of Being” had a nice ring to it. All of your past words are perfect. You’ll have to keep me posted on how Breath-Filled Patience is going. Thanks for your comment.

  22. Ooh, narrowing it down to three words is tough. I like yours, though, they’re part of my long list! I think the one thing all of my words have in common is that they relate to me being more… well, being more me. Not in a selfish or self-absorbed way, but rather, I hope that my actions and words express my identity and remain in line with my values, always. I want to be me, not somebody else, not somebody that others want me to be, not somebody that society wants me to be. Does that make sense?

  23. SIMPLIFY is my word and theme for 2012.

    happy new year!!

  24. I had a really hard time Andrea. Every time I read through other peoples suggestions I think I need to add a few more to my list! I completely understand what you are saying-focusing on being your true self. That can be added to my list too.

  25. One powerful word Erica-I like that. We should all check in mid-year to see how we’ve done with our words.

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