three Words for the New Year 2019 Edition


Just about every year I sit down and assessment the prior year.

What did I achieve? What worth did I add for my consumers and students? Let’s speak about the great issues that make me want to pull out my preferred old college hip hop songs and dance about the residence like no one is watching except for a slightly judgemental dog?

What did I understand? What can I enhance? And, most importantly, what do I want the subsequent year to appear like? 

This year was no diverse. Although I was nevertheless in Santa Cruz for the holidays, I escaped to a modest cafe and settled in at a higher-best table with a stack of blank paper, colored sharpies, and a coconut milk latte.

I could possibly use one more notebook to round out the stack.

Nevertheless recovering from a cold that had me in its grips for a couple of weeks now, I was struck with the grim reminder that I have spent the previous couple of months committing just about every error created by the ghosts of entrepreneurs previous. 

  • “Don’t let your overall health slide,” they stated. 
  • “If you do not take care of your self, no a single else will.”
  • “If you do not take care of your self, you cannot take care of your consumers.”
  • “Always start out each and every day just before your alarm and go to the health club, meditate, go for a run, consume a fantastic breakfast, play with your little ones, go surfing, or hug your wife.” (Because let’s face it, the ghosts of entrepreneurs previous are often guys). 

I’ve heard all the warnings. And however, I nevertheless stated yes to teaching, yes to new consumers I appreciate, appreciate, appreciate, and yes to networking events. 

In performing so, I stated no to me. Self-awareness is a bitch when she’s ignored.

Really feel no cost to cue the violin. 

Devoid of additional stories, I present to you my three Words of 2019, written in Sharpie (which tends to make it much more true) and fueled by coffee and cold/cough medicine. 

What is this Complete “3 Words” Issue?

Just about every year, as an alternative of producing resolutions, I choose 3 words to guide my year. Inspired by Chris Brogan, I have been working with 3 words to guide my year because 2014. Each and every year I get much better at it. The thought is deceptively basic. You pick 3 words that grow to be your compass all through the year. They grow to be my mantra and guide for how I want to reside my life that year. 

Chris describes them as:

“Choose three words (not 1, not four) that will aid guide your alternatives and actions day to day. Assume of them as lighthouses. “Should I say yes to this project?” “Well, does this align with my 3 words?”

– Chris Brogan

Why 3 Words

In my thoughts, the 3 words kind a pyramid that I can lean on. A single word does not leave me any area, two words, appears unfinished. As if I was going to balance a thing on them, only to have it fall off. 4 words grow to be cumbersome in the way of, “wait, what was that once more?” At that point, I’m almost two/three of the way to attempting to name the seven dwarfs, and who desires to attempt to do that just about every day?

MY 3 Words from Preceding Years

I loved my 2018 words. Slaying every little thing in front of me filled me with energy and joy just about every morning when I came face-to-face with my words. 

Component of me wanted to hold working with them. But because I generally dropped the “breath” word when issues got busy, I decided to take a new tact that was much more me. Breath was a beautiful word, but it was much more of who I wanted to be and much less about who I am.

How it Works

Just about every year I go by way of the similar course of action to define my three words. Not when have I deviated from it, even when I do not appear at the list. It occurred organically and somehow it remains organic and constant. 

  1. Brainstorm a list of words I like and will be okay hunting at them just about every day for subsequent year. Get rid of any words that might commence to annoy you element way by way of the year. Trust me on this a single. 
  2. Pick key phrases from the list and generate a thoughts map for each and every a single. At times words I feel are great only finish up with a couple of words in the thoughts map. I get rid of these. Narrowing it down to 3 words demands them to apply to several diverse elements of my life. To aid structure my thoughts this year so all my words weren’t operate-connected, I looked at my life from all angles – profession, business enterprise, physical, mental, spiritual, social, altruistic, and so on. 
  3. Narrow down chosen words
  4. Align with ambitions/path/goal (new)
  5. Finalize list
  6. Define what they imply to me.
  7. Create them down so they’re accessible everywhere
  8. Create them down day-to-day, normally assigning a diverse word to how I want to strategy the day.

My three Words for 2019

Three Words New Years Goals in 2019


The majority of my profession has been spent producing other individuals or companies appear fantastic. As significantly as I appreciate speaking and joking about, it is difficult to push myself into the spotlight, to share much more than I normally want to share, and to show up much more regularly, rather than defaulting back to my client operate. 

This word was the easiest word for me to come up with this year and will most likely be the most difficult for me to do. It suggests: much more writing,  much more posting, much more videos, much more public speaking, much more, much more, much more. And much more of it regularly. So grab the popcorn and sit back, since you are going to be seeing me about a lot much more normally.


As in, I want to create a business enterprise and a life that is sustainable and a single I want to reside. This word was a challenge to discover and I regarded as words like scale, development, create, and even income. But this year, it all points towards developing the processes and structure that permits me to add the finest doable worth to my consumers and students in a way that can be sustained. That demands income, sources, time, and development. It demands me to concentrate and create out the finest for extended-term development.

three. PADDLE

This word took the longest since in the end it is about self-care. It is a reminder to make alternatives that will aid me be stronger, rested, and healthier. It reminds me to do much more of the issues I appreciate, a single of which is paddling outrigger canoes with my close friends. A lot of close friends do not know that I have spent significantly of my life on the water, from racing crew in college to racing outrigger canoes about Southern California (and when in New Zealand). I’ve missed it the previous couple of years, and I want that element of me back. 

There is a energy and beauty in paddling canoes across the ocean with only me and 5 close friends in the canoe. We have to operate collectively to get exactly where we’re going, paddling “six as a single.” Our timing, the rhythm, and our strength demands to be matched as closely as doable. And when it all comes collectively, it is exhilarating. 

This word reminds me to take care of myself so that I can jump back in the boats and paddle with strength, heart, and fearlessness. I want to be prepared!

These are my three Words for 2019.

I’m prepared, and 2019, I have my eye on you. We’re going to be astounding.


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