Thursday, January 01, 2009

3 Words as Goals for 2009: Change. Story. Funny.

tiny micro adventure - 3rd floor
tiny micro adventure - 3rd floor by hokkey, on Flickr CC BY

Chris Brogan asks you to Set Three Words as Goals for 2009:
If you want to try the process, it works something like this: think of how you want to be successful in 2009. Then, try to think in even broader terms. Extrapolate on the broader terms, and find one word to hang the idea on.

Meaning, don’t think as much “I want to lose 50 pounds and get back into my high school pants.” Try thinking “Fitness means I’ll be able to cover more ground.” From there, you can say “ground” might be your word. And then, when you look at that as a word, you see how it can open you up to even more meanings. “Ground” can remind you to get fit so you can cover more ground. It can mean to be “grounded,” like someone who feels calm and at rest.

Look for three words that will help you frame your challenges and opportunities for 2009. Don’t think about where you are this exact moment. If you’re without a job, setting a goal in 09 to get a job might not be very useful. Once you’ve got the job, then what? Instead, you could think about setting the goal of “Alignment,” where you ask yourself, “does this fit with everything else I intend for myself in this year?”

Try setting your three words far out on the horizon, but such that they can lead you to your goals every day. Meaning, can you use the same word to get you started, but have it still be relevant when you’re almost at the big goal?
Here are my three words:

1. Change.

2. Story.

3. Funny.

Great start to 2009.

I'll expand on each in it's own post.

What are yours?


  1. I just found you on Chris Brogan's blog.

    My 3 are:

    Believe -- in myself, in what I'm doing, in others, in faith, in the universe, in possibilities

    Focus -- because otherwise it's not worth doing
    Write -- because writing will get me to where I'm going.

    Now I'm going to check out some of your videos!

  2. Thanks for coming by and commenting. Happy New Year!