This is the third year I’ve followed the advice of business leader Chris Brogan – to select and post for all to see – three words that will guide the year ahead.
Last year I built my words around my business initials – AHA!
This year I’m jumping off with something that describes me and what I do very well. I got there because of a neighborly type newsletter Chris sends on Sunday mornings, which got me thinking how nice it is to be centered, even in business, around human connections. Chris is, and happily, so am I.
Homemade Soup. As a one person shop in consulting, I have mainly big organizations as clients, but I serve them in a most neighborly and personal way!
I blend solutions for them like homemade soup, getting it just right by referring to strategy recipes through lots of reading, research and combining of ingredients for a just right solution. So far the results have been quite tasty.
Impetus. Now here’s a word that has some oomph. Push, force, momentum and drive are all synonyms. If you know me, you’ll understand. I’m not one to let stuff lag. I can hear my biggest client laughing at this one. I’m all about looking out the front window of the bus and steering toward the future. This word will symbolize my intent to keep that focus forward. Even if I have to pace myself sometimes.
Reflect. A calming word, but also a very stimulating concept. My creative muse is a huge part of my life; taking time for the art to balance the pace of strategic work is vitally important to my success, but also to my soul. This is a year I plan to be more forthcoming about doing and sharing my artsy pursuits. I’m also doing a lot more singing out loud. Praise songs do indeed lift my spirit high.
I’m starting by reposting the photo below, which I had made into a puzzle this Christmas for my relatives who own and graciously invite me frequently to their up-north lake home where this was taken. I cannot thank them enough for being so generous.
I’m so excited by the energy that’s moving me forward into 2013. I can feel it….2013 is going to be a fantastic journey. Amen.