Last year I followed my good friend Chris Brogan’s advice and instead of creating a list of New Year’s resolutions I went ahead and choose three words to guide me during the year 2011.
I am amazed once again on how quickly time went by this year. A few days ago I read Chris Brogan’s three words for 2012 that gave reminded me of having to choose 3 new words for 2012.
Three Words of 2011 – Renew, Focus, and Complete.
During the complete year I have kept those 3 words written on Post it Notes in the wall in front of my desk. Every time I lose track I try to look at the three Post it Notes to guide me into what my overall plans where for 2011.
I had to renew the way I did business I have been trying to stay away from doing IT security work and doing more web development and online presence consulting. I think that I did follow that word even more than any of the other 3 during the whole year. I was able to create various opportunities making my partnership with Human Business Works the most important one since I get to work with great people doing what I mostly enjoy.
I also had to focus a lot on a few projects I wanted to get running. Although I admit that I have to work on focusing a bit more because I seem to find myself battling distractions every day. On the other side if I look at 2011 overall I have to say I did a better job at focusing what on where I wanted to be.
As for completing things I was able to launch Papaheroes.com, Veglatino.com, moved my corporate site into Spanish, and a series of other accomplishments that I completed in half the time I would have in the past. Being a New dad has clearly made me more inclined to prioritizing things so I can get them done the right way.
My New Three Words for 2012
After a few days of thinking it over I choose these 3 words Sharing, Organic, and Purpose.
Since I have been blogging I tend to share a lot of things but I want to focus on putting the spotlight on others even a bit more, especially those that have the same interests as I do. I also want to share as much knowledge as I can on certain topics I am passionate about. I also want to open the door for others to share with me anything that might be of value to my community and most importantly me. If you feel I have something to share or you would like to share something with me to publish on this blog feel free to contact me and give me your feedback.
I am very inclined towards trying new things out. A few of my biggest setbacks in 2011 where caused to me failing to identify a purpose of many of the small projects I committed myself to. Those whom I thought where collaborating with me might have had a separate agenda that I found out later. Before I start any project or a relationship I need to start identifying what is the purpose of any effort I will commit myself too. If I am able to find a personal, business, or any kind of purpose a project then I need to prioritize it against the other opportunities. Working on finding a strong purpose for everything I do will help me make better decisions and also align those projects with a purpose towards helping those around me.
Being organic goes a bit along my vegetarian lifestyle. I want to become Vegan by end of year. I have been staying away as much as possible from dairy and eggs. But I also want my projects and efforts to be very organic. I want to be able to produce things from the core. Maybe create an application to resolve many of the issues I bump into on a daily sense for others. I also want to make sure my lifestyle steers away from luxuries and even things that will not benefit me long term. On the nutrition side I will also try to eat more organic foods by supporting the local agriculture efforts here in Puerto Rico and finding a way to get them noticed. I think inclining towards organic will give me better results for 2012.
Looking back at 2011 I have to say that similar to 2009 it was a year of many lessons that I hope to apply in 2012.
Do you create New Year’s Resolutions?
Or would you rather guide yourself through the complete year with three key words?