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.
Even as a young child, I could see the difficulty with which most people struggled to keep their New Year’s Resolutions, usually failing and feeling badly for a short while, only to repeat the cycle the end of the next year. I have never been in the habit of making them myself. 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 something similar to it for the past few years.
The purpose of using the three word system, I think, is to paint our goals and aspirations in broader 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 actions, choose behaviors and embark on new adventures each successive year, it becomes a simple matter of asking myself, whether the current choices fit into my desired goal and plan. Being human, it does not always, but this helps give me an honesty and an accountability filter to help guide me back to the proper course. Going back to the coloring book illustration, sometimes the color spills 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 most people to the dictionary, but it’s 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 on a consistent schedule 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.
At year’s end, I was a contributing writer for a New Year’s Revolution project along with 30 others. It was an interesting experience, and will lead to more solo and collaborative ebook projects in the future.
Each New Year requires new words. The first word for 2014, “Release,” came to me early, and for a time, I thought I would have the one. But the other two gradually made their way into my consciousness and the year was set.
2014 my words were: LEARN, FOCUS, and RELEASE.
In 2013, I felt that I needed to make some major changes. I needed to learn skill-sets that I was uncomfortable with, or had no prior knowledge of that apply to the next phase of my own growth and development.
I needed to focus on being more loving. Loving myself, not in a conceited way, but in a self-care kind of way. I needed to also be more loving of those who are important to me, and everyone else that I met. I needed to be more focused when I was working so that I could freely give the gift of time to those I care about. It is a priceless coin, and I wanted to spend it better.
I needed to release myself, my knowledge, my gifts, my expertise, my blessings into the world. Like each of you, I am marvelously and wondrously blessed, and it is time to act on more of it.
All of these things, I felt, would and still do impact multiple areas of my life. It has also meant some changes here at the blog.
If you have ever taken the opportunity to read the About:Me page, you know that one of my main goals for this time that we spend together is to help transform lives. This includes my own as I continue to learn, focus and release.
2014 was a difficult year. I suffered a couple of injuries early in the year and am still in the process of recovering from a second surgery related to that.
I still believe that my “words” were successful. I have learned, because of my current situation, how to focus my energies and mesh them with my own natural rhythms for productivity.
I have learned to let go of things more this year than any other. Partially because it has been forced on me, and hopefully, partially because I am continue to grow up and to grow.
That brings us to this year. This year, I only have one word to offer: Closer.
But, is has a dual meaning. Sneaky, I know.
Closer (adjective)- is what I am doing now moving me closer to, or into the proximity of, my objective? Is this a real step in the right direction, or am I spinning my wheels?
Closer (noun)- one who closes. Is this an avenue that I need to close off to myself? Is this something I need to shut out, or close out of my life?
That’s it for me today? What about you?
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