Not the “Three Little Words” of the 1950’s movie with Fred Astaire and Red Skelton, but an idea I got from John over at Full Bleed Arts Marketing.
Since it’s the New Year, I found the idea of just selecting three words that act as guiding principles appealing, as opposed to a standard New Year’s resolution which has a feeling of grim determination that ultimately leads to failure.
The first one I thought of is “Engage”. It’s easy to isolate from people around us, even online. We are constantly in “scan” mode to handle the torrent of information at our disposal without really touching base or connecting with people or ideas we find interesting. But information isn’t more valuable by the pound – you’ve got to dive in at some point and do something with it.
Which leads me to “Produce” – pretty self-explanatory. It’s important to convert all that stuff rolling around in your brain-pan into something tangible and useful.
And last but not least – “Release”. Growth is natural. We aren’t the same people we were in 2011, for good or for bad. Some things are no longer possible, new opportunities might have opened up. So we need to empty our minds and closets of that which doesn’t work for us anymore so we can welcome the new.
This “Three Words” approach seems a lot more positive and a kinder way to live our values in 2012 than stating how much weight we’ll lose or that this is the year we’ll finally learn Spanish, etc.
I hope 2012 will be a positive and productive year for everyone who reads this, and that whatever your particular “Words” are, they’ll lead you back here with your input and comments. Starting this blog in 2011 and seeing people read and respond to it was one of the year’s highlights, and I hope to keep the fun going in 2012!