3 words for 2018

Since the last few years, I’ve been following Chris Brogan’s “3 words” framework to define the direction for the new year. These 3 words represent how you want the year to unfold. They are 3 ordinary words that mean something special to you.

My 3 words for 2017 were Family, Excite, Ask. 2017 was a good year: first visit to Central America and Costa Rica, first time zip lining, first family hike to Nevada falls in Yosemite, family camping trip to Redwood National Park, started running to stay fit (now at 7 miles each weekend), led cub scout pack 457 to a full program of activities, defined and launched a data monetization product at work, and more.

My 3 words have not changed much in the past couple of years. I operate differently than I did just a few years ago and it’s time to change the 3 words, to take it up a notch.

My 3 words for 2018 are:

  1. Meaningful: Make more meaningful connections with family and friends. The focus on family doesn’t change; 2018 is making sure the time results in meaningful bonds.
  2. Fear-less: “Everything you want is on the other side of fear”. So fear less, and do more. Still do things that excite me and follow my curiosity, but focus on overcoming fears.
  3. Firsts: “When was the last time you did something for the first time” (Seth Godin). Do more firsts, and keep life interesting.

Note: The 3 words is a framework to guide your year. To make sure you implement your plans, I’d suggest you watch this TED video from Matt Cutts about trying something new for 30 days. 30 days is short so you don’t have to commit your life to it, but its also long enough to give you a chance to experience the change in your life before it becomes a habit.

What are your 3 words for 2018?

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear”
— Stephanie McMahon (on Tim Ferriss’ Tribe of Mentors)
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