Monday, January 8, 2018

3 Words - 2018

PECIt's that time of year again. People making resolutions, life-improving statements etc. For a while now I have gone with the 3 words approach, started by Chris Brogan. And as usual, I am late posting them! 

Last year my 3 words were Explore, Minimize and Laugh. I would say I was mildly successful with these words.  I did a lot of exploring, especially at my new place in Prince Edward County. I did begin to minimize, especially with my closet and I had a ton of laughs throughout the year. That being said 2017 turned out to be a somewhat challenging year due to forces beyond my control. It forced me to change course when I wasn't fully ready for it. With this mind, my 3 words for 2018 reflect part of what I had to go through and how I can better prepare myself for the future.

After much thought and quick note taking, I was able to come up with my 3 words for 2018:

Bulid: As I mentioned 2017 threw me a few curve balls but also left me with tremendous opportunity. Build represents taking the steps to build my business, my network and my relationships.

Adjust: Well things don't always (or ever) go as planned. So instead of wallowing in what could've been, in 2018 I'm going to adjust instead and make the necessary changes to stay on track and have the best year ever.

Challenge: I am going to challenge the status quo, the norms and most of all myself. It's time to get out of my comfort zone and step up to the challenge that I have in front of me.

There they are, my 3 words for 2018.

Do you come up with 3 words each year? Or do you have another New Year ritual? I would love to hear about what you do.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

My 3 Words - 2017

Explore Minimize Challage

I am finally getting around to posting my 3 words for 2017. I have been doing this for a few years now and I find it an enjoyable experience. Thinking about the year in terms of words instead of resolutions works better for me. Resolutions seem to be too easy to blow off. The words help me frame the year in an easier way.

Never heard of 3 words? Well it was started by Chris Brogan in 2006.

To help me stay on track I write each word on post it notes for my home office and I write them on my white board for the times I am in the main office.

Here's my 3 words from 2016:


Looking back I could have done a better in all 3 areas, but I did make some head way so that's a good thing.

My 2017 3 words:

Minimize: It's time to start minimizing my life. This applies to all areas; business, personal, home, physical and mental. I have way too much clutter right now. I plan on streamlining everything so that I can live in a more enjoyable state. I am going to focus on living a more minimalist life.

Explore: I am going to look around my surroundings instead of just passing through. I have always been so focused on getting to where I am going I don't always take the time to live in the moment and explore what's around me. This applies to exploring new business opportunities and methods.

Laugh: Wow, I used to laugh a lot. I had a lot of fun in life. Over the years things got more serious and I found myself not having as much fun. Well it's time to stop taking things so seriously and enjoy life to the fullest.

There they are, this year's 3 words.

Did you do 3 words for 2017? I would love hear them.

Friday, January 8, 2016

3 Words - 2016

It's time to write about my 3 words of 2016. This is always a fun way to start the year and it works better than setting a resolution that you won't follow through on.  

Chris Brogan started the 3 words deal back in 2006. It's easy and it works this way: you choose 3 words to help you shape the coming year. See really easy

To review 2015, my words were: 


For the most part I did pretty well with these. At times all three of these were a challenge, but that makes this exercise so worthwhile.  And just because I'm moving to three new words by no means am I going to stop focusing on last year's words.

Here are my 2016 3 Words, in no particular order:

1) Begin: Get started! Man I come up with lots and lots of ideas, concepts etc, but I never really ever actually do anything about it. This year I am going to BEGIN. I will jump into a few of these ideas and just go and see where it takes me.

2) Question: I'm going to ask more questions and gain more knowledge. I used to be better at this and in my younger years. 

3) Calm: Stay calm! Sometimes it is so hard for me remain calm. I am going to live a calmer, peaceful life in 2016. Meditation has really started paving the way for this.

There you have it, my 2016 3 words. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

My 3 words for 2015

Well it's January 9th and I am finally getting around to writing about my 3 words for 2015. I love this exercise and have done it for a few years years now. If you're not familiar with the 3 words concept, it was started by Chris Brogan in 2006, you choose 3 words to help you shape the coming year. 

So since I'm already 9 days late writing this I'm sure you're thinking procrastinate is one of my 3 words...nope that one is too easy and hey I don't procrastinate, too much.

3 words
Here they are, in no particular order:

1) Gratitude: I chose this word because I need to be more grateful for the wonderful people that I have in my life. I find that at times, especially when I'm a little down, I forget just how lucky I am. So in 2015 I am going to focus on being more grateful and showing more gratitude to the people I love.

2) Present: As in live in the present moment, not the past or the future, live for the now. I have wasted so much of my life worrying about things that have happened in the past that I have no longer have control over. Likewise I've spent a lot of time thinking about the future. For example, tomorrow, next week or next year will be better. No more wasting time, I'm going focus on today, this moment. No more "time travel" as James Altucher puts it.

3) Health: In 2014 I underwent a radical diet change which among other things, forced me to give up my favorite beverage: BEER. Yep, I gave up beer.  And lots of other stuff that I absolutely loved. Basically the Doc took away all of my favorite menu items and told me I had to change. It was and has been tough, but it has also been life changing. The process has made me realize that I also need to get healthier in other ways as well. 

There you have it my 3 words for 2015.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Setting Goals and Visualization - How my 8 year old did it

the winning jump
The winning jump
Last week I went to watch my daughters regional track and field meet. She was selected as the only one to represent the Grade 2 girls in the standing long jump. She also made the 4 x 100 relay team.

I was able to catch her standing landing jump event (missed the relay unfortunately). The participants were given a few practice attempts and I noticed that she was jumping very well. Once the event started she was flying. Her 3 jumps were great and she easily won the the Grade 2 Girls standing long jump by a significant margin.

I was obviously very proud of her accomplishments, however I did have a few questions: What goes on in the mind of an 8 year in an event like this? Did she just jump and hope for the best? Or, did she have a specific goal in mind before she jumped? If any of you have an 8 year old you know how hard it is to get any information out of them.

Wow! I was not ready for the answer I got. It absolutely floored me. She said "Daddy I just looked at the crumpled piece on the jumping mat (the crumpled part was approximately 150 cm out, you can see it in the image) and I knew that I had to jump past it". Really? No way. Yep, that's what she did.
She noticed in the practice rounds that she was the only one getting past the "crumpled part" and she set out to jump past it. She set a goal, visualized it and then tried to accomplish it. Hearing this made me even prouder of her accomplishment.

This exchange has definitely made me think about my own goal setting and visualization techniques. It never ceases to amaze me what we can learn for out kids.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

My 3 Words for 2014

What it's Jan. 28 already! I've been meaning to write my 3 words for 2014 for...well about 28 days now.

I love the 3 words for the year initiative. I was introduced to this through Chris Brogan's blog  and I believe he started it.

I did my first one last year. For the most part I was successful, although I could have completed more projects, but hey who can't say that.

So here they are (in no particular order):
Morning by the lakeWrite: I want to write more. I really enjoy writing, but I can always find an excuse not to write. I'm not great at it, yet, (and that may be why I don't do it enough) but the only way to get better is to do it more. So in 2014 I am going be writing more.

Empathy: I have been continually trying to improve in this area. In doing so I have been reading a lot on the subject. This year I want to put it into practice. Although this will take some adjustments in my mindset it will be well worth it.

Positive: Staying positive has been something that I have had a trouble with in the past and the small steps I have taken to be more positive have had a profound effect. A few years back I came up with a plan that would forever alter how I start my work week: 52 Mondays. By making Monday an awesome day, the rest of the week is awesome. I am going to build on that to become more positive not only in the work life, but most importantly at home as well.

There you have it, my 3 words for 2014.

Have 3 words for 2014? Share them below.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Take the time to change a life today

Change a life...Now!

Today is a great day to take the time to change a life. Each day I have challenged myself to try to go out of my way at least 3 times to change a life. Usually I have this accomplished by noon, but some days are harder than others. More than 3, sure keep them coming.

The key is to go out of your way to help someone out. It can be something as small as opening a door or something complicated like helping to solve a business problem. Doesn't matter if it is big or small it is truly rewarding to help someone out.

Great thing about changing someone else's life is that it changes yours as well. 

Give it a try, you'll be glad you did. Change a life today...