My 3 Words for 2017

Each year, for the past several years, Chris Brogan has been posting his “3 words” for the coming year on January first. It’s a bit different than making New Year’s resolutions. Instead, it’s more like setting the tone for yourself in order to make the year a successful one. I highly suggest you check out his post where he talks about his 2017 words with links to all the previous years he’s done it. While you’re at his site, sign up for his newsletter. You’ll thank me for it later.

The trick isn’t to just write the words down on January first and then forget about them. Every day, or even multiple times per day, you need to think about those words and what they mean to you and how they’ll help you get where you want to go. In the past, I’ve written down my 3 words, but have failed on the follow through. Not optimal, but the past is the past and I can’t change that. I can only try to be better this time around. So with that in mind, I’m diving into 2017 with my own 3 words.

Strengthen – For those who know me, you know I’ve been doing CrossFit for the past few years. So it would be easy to assume I mean to strengthen my body. Not a bad assumption, but in this case, it’s not what I mean. To me, it means to strengthen relationships with friends and family, and to strengthen my knowledge and skillset.

Dig – There are two areas where I really want to dig deep this year. The first is in my CrossFit coaching. I need to learn as much as I can so I can bring that knowledge to the class and help others reach their own fitness goals. The other area is in programming skills. This past year, I released 2 mobile apps. This was something I had wanted to do for years. For as excited as I am to have reached this point, it has only shown me how much further I can go. To do this, I’m going to need to dig, and then dig some more.

Rethink – Some things that happened in 2016 are going to have a long-lasting effect on me. Some good, some bad. The next several months are going to be interesting as ¬†things unfold. It’s going to be important that I give some ideas another chance, and just as important that I cut bait and run from others.

Now it’s your turn. Write down your 3 words and revisit them over and over this year to make sure you stay on track. Your words don’t need to make sense to anybody but you. Write ’em, review ’em, stick to ’em!

Cheers to your success in 2017 and beyond.

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  1. Allison on January 2, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    I love the idea of this because of how much depth you can find within the layers of a single word. Best of luck with your chosen focuses in 2017!

    • John Hawkins on January 2, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      I couldn’t agree more. And, when I read Chris posts and see the words he’s chosen, it’s really easy to see how they can be applied to my focus areas, too.

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