three Words for the New Year 2019 Edition


Each and 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 amazing factors that make me want to pull out my favored old college hip hop songs and dance about the home like no one is watching except for a slightly judgemental dog?

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

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

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

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

  • “Don’t let your overall health slide,” they mentioned. 
  • “If you do not take care of your self, no a single else will.”
  • “If you do not take care of your self, you can not take care of your consumers.”
  • “Always commence every single day prior to your alarm and go to the fitness center, meditate, go for a run, consume a great breakfast, play with your little ones, go surfing, or hug your wife.” (Because let’s face it, the ghosts of entrepreneurs previous are normally males). 

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

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

Really feel free of charge to cue the violin. 

With no additional stories, I present to you my three Words of 2019, written in Sharpie (which tends to make it additional genuine) and fueled by coffee and cold/cough medicine. 

What is this Complete “3 Words” Factor?

Each and every year, rather 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 superior at it. The thought is deceptively easy. You pick 3 words that turn into your compass all through the year. They turn into 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 enable guide your selections and actions day to day. Feel 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 type a pyramid that I can lean on. A single word does not leave me any space, two words, appears unfinished. As if I was going to balance some thing on them, only to have it fall off. 4 words turn into 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 each and every day?

MY 3 Words from Preceding Years

I loved my 2018 words. Slaying anything in front of me filled me with energy and joy each and every morning when I came face-to-face with my words. 

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

How it Works

Each and every year I go by way of the identical procedure 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 seeking at them each and every day for subsequent year. Get rid of any words that could commence to annoy you portion way by way of the year. Trust me on this a single. 
  2. Choose keywords and phrases from the list and produce a thoughts map for every single a single. Often words I believe are amazing only finish up with a handful of words in the thoughts map. I get rid of these. Narrowing it down to 3 words calls for them to apply to numerous unique elements of my life. To enable 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 every day, normally assigning a unique word to how I want to method the day.

My three Words for 2019

Three Words New Years Goals in 2019


The majority of my profession has been spent producing other folks or firms appear great. As a great deal as I enjoy speaking and joking about, it is difficult to push myself into the spotlight, to share additional than I normally want to share, and to show up additional 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 signifies: additional writing,  additional posting, additional videos, additional public speaking, additional, additional, additional. And additional of it regularly. So grab the popcorn and sit back, for the reason that you are going to be seeing me about a lot additional normally.


As in, I want to develop a business enterprise and a life that is sustainable and a single I want to reside. This word was a challenge to locate and I deemed words like scale, development, develop, and even income. But this year, it all points towards developing the processes and structure that makes it possible for me to add the ideal probable worth to my consumers and students in a way that can be sustained. That calls for income, sources, time, and development. It calls for me to concentrate and develop out the ideal for lengthy-term development.

three. PADDLE

This word took the longest for the reason that in the end it is about self-care. It is a reminder to make selections that will enable me be stronger, rested, and wholesome. It reminds me to do additional of the factors I enjoy, a single of which is paddling outrigger canoes with my mates. A lot of mates do not know that I have spent a great deal 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 handful of years, and I want that portion of me back. 

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


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