I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes,
then you are making new things, trying new things,
learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself,
changing your world.
You’re doing things you’ve never done before,
and more importantly, you’re
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us,
and my wish for myself.
Make New Mistakes.
Make glorious, amazing mistakes.
Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before.
Don’t freeze, don’t stop,
don’t worry that it isn’t good enough,
or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is:
art, or love,
or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing,
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
I do not make resolutions, I never have. Even as a child, I could see the difficulty with which people struggled to keep them, usually failing. I am however, a fan of Chris Brogan’s “three words” approach, which you can read about on his site. We have never met, but our paths cross often on several social media channels. All of that aside, I like the idea and have used it for the past few years.
The purpose of using the three word system, I think, is to paint our goals and aspirations into broad strokes that can easily be defined. Sort of like the way we all drew in coloring books at one time. You know, do the outline, and then fill in the area. As I take action, choose behaviors and embark on new adventures this next year, it becomes a simple matter of asking myself, whether the current choice fits into my desired goal. Being human, it does not always, but this helps give me an honesty and accountability filter to help guide me. Going back to the coloring book illustration, sometimes the color spilled outside of its “container” but I could easily reign it back in.
My three words for 2013 were: “Service,” “Publish,” and “Arete.” Yes, that last one will drive you to the dictionary, but its good for you. The words worked fairly well. I have had the good fortune of contributing to several group projects for writing, and have “upped my game” and now post almost daily here. I also have been blessed with a few requests for guest blogs. Service and Arete have always been part of my mindset and way of life, but again, this gave me a container in which to hold every action that I made.
A new year requires new words. The first “Release” came to be early, and for a time, I thought I would have to do one. But the other two have come and the year is set.
This year my words will be: LEARN, FOCUS, and RELEASE.
This year I plan to make some major changes.
I need to learn skill-sets that I am uncomfortable with, or have no knowledge of that apply to the next phase of my growth and development.
I need to focus on being more loving. Loving myself, not in a conceited way, but in a self-care kind of way. I need to also be more loving of those who are important to me, and everyone else that I meet. I need to be more focused when I am working so that I can freely give the gift of time to those I care about. It is a priceless coin, and I wish to spend it better.
I will release myself, my knowledge, my gifts, my expertise, my blessings. Like you, I am marvelously and wondrously blessed, and it is time to act on more of it.
All of these things will impact multiple areas of my life. It will also mean some changes here at the blog. So you will need to subscribe if you want to keep up.
If you have ever taken the opportunity to read the About:Me page, you know that the goal of this time that we spend together is to help transform lives. This includes my own as I continue to learn, focus and release. Join us as we deploy future projects:
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That’s my deal for the year. Share in the comments below what system you use, and what you plan to do differently going forward.
And, as always…. To your continued success!
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