Thank you, Chris Brogan, for your recent blog post. I can now finally scrape away the cobwebs from my holiday haze (“holidaze” as I like to call it) and get on with 2013. I’ve been having a hard time making any New Year Resolutions. It seems that those are just made to be broken. I like your idea of focusing on three words that help guide your actions and focus your goals for the upcoming year.
Here are mine:
Adventure – In 2013, I want to approach life with a sense of adventure. Thirteen is my lucky number (I was born on a Friday, the 13th!) so I’m expecting this to be a great year. I already know a little secret that makes me think there may be a real adventure on the horizon and I also like to think of challenges as opportunities for adventure. You know, put a positive spin on things. We all have challenges in our lives and I’m sure I’ll have my fair share in both my professional and personal life in 2013. A sense of adventure will help me keep those in perspective. There are a couple of definitions of the word “adventure” – one involves “unknown risks” and the other involves ”excitement and a remarkable experience.” I’m going to go with the second definition; however, some adventures do require risk and I want to be open to taking those, too. (I got married in 2011 and I consider my marriage a great adventure.)
Water – This may seem to be an odd word, but perhaps it makes sense to me because I’m an Aquarius. It’s a reminder to get back to the basics. Whenever I want to get back into good physical shape, I start drinking more water. The more water I drink, the healthier I feel and the healthier I feel, the more physical activity I crave. The more water I drink, the better foods I eat and the better foods I eat, the healthier I feel. The more I exercise, the more water I need to drink and the more water I drink….you get the picture! I have found that if I just focus on drinking more water, the other pieces fall into place. I know it may sound crazy, but it works for me. Also, being near the water is always great whether it’s a lazy afternoon poolside with my hubby or a vacation at our favorite beach destination. He grew up on the coast and is a certified “cabana boy” (lucky me!) so we’re on the same page. Finally, I could get even deeper (pun intended) with the whole water thing and talk about “going with the flow” and “diving into projects,” but I’ll spare us both – ha.
Lagniappe – This is one of my favorite words. It’s a Creole word that means, “an extra or unexpected gift or benefit.” I like the notion of giving more than is expected, whether it involves a client’s project or perhaps spending time with a friend or family member. A spirit of generosity is a good thing (especially in social media) and something I want to cultivate more of in 2013. Also, I want to flip this concept over and look for a little something extra each day. I will expect serendipity. You know how “they say” that if you’re not looking for or expecting something, you might miss it? I don’t want to miss out on anything special that might be a part of my adventure, so my question will be: Where’s the lagniappe? 😉
Those are my three words and I have them posted where I can see them every day. What are yours?