My 3 Words 2014

My 3 Words 2014

MY 3 WORDS 2014

Last year I was inspired by Chris Brogan’s ‘My 3 Words for 2013’ post. Like Chris Brogan, I have found that the concept of ‘three words’ allows me to focus on what I want to do with my life and helps me apply many tangible goals instead of focusing on specific tasks that often come with typical New Year’s resolutions.  Chris explains his process here.

In 2013, my words were Renew, Optimism, and Creativity. These 3 words guided me in 2013. When confronted with most situations I checked the experience against my 3 words.  I enthusiastically moved forward or gracefully I moved away from a situation depending on the degree that it correlated with the intentions behind my 3 words. It’s was that simple.

 You can find my 2013 post here. Did it work? YES! 

In both my professional and personal life, I was able to move through major changes that could have paralyzed my progress without these touchstones to guide me. I was intentional about recognizing the value and reasonS that people that came into my life and I was blessed with tremendous friendships, business partnerships, and mentors/mentees. As I look at each path that was presented to me and how I used My 3 Words to guide my way I am filled with gratitude to Chris and all of the other people who have taken this challenge and have inspired me to do so.


As a Grant Professional, I love S.M.A.R.T. goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely). The 3 words are not goals but they can be used as the reflective lines along the road that will keep us on our paths and give us direction beyond the goals we might attach as a result of these words. For example, one of my goals tied to “Renew” last year was to improve my health by losing 20 pounds. I used “Renew” as a gift to me. I asked myself, “Does this renew me?” Making better choices did not feel like I had to miss out on something. Instead, I felt like I was being treated to the best. Did I meet my goal? Yes, and then some. I lost more than my goal. I lost 35 pounds.

After keeping my 3 words close at heart all year they became trusted friends, a mantra, an identity, a mission and my protector. It is hard to leave them there, in 2013, and pick up new words. On the other hand, my process of picking new words and letting go of the old words feels like a rite of passage.


First, let me say that last year I chose my words lightly and quickly. They rang true and served me well – so well that I earnestly and solemnly chose my words for 2014.  Here are my 3 Words for 2014.

Ritual – as in embracing practice, celebration, tradition and habit.

Roots – as in recognizing / seeking basic source or origin of something, beginnings, to plant or sow and also to establish deeply and firmly.

Reason – as in finding meaning, importance or worthwhile quality, purpose, cause, significance , usefulness and value.

I think each word may deserve its own post. So, look for those in the weeks to come.

What are your 3 words for 2014? I would love to hear about your words and what inspires you to make 2014 amazing!

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