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Happy New YearIf you’ve been reading here for awhile, you may recall that last year I selected 3 words for 2011. I did that following a post by a blogger I follow, Chris Brogan, who suggested that 3 words to define the upcoming year was a better plan than making resolutions. I tend to agree with that and found that the notion of 3 words worked well. Many of you also picked 3 words for yourself and shared those in our discussions here last year. With the start of a new year, it’s time to define those 3 words again.

This year, I’ve read another idea that can be incorporated into those 3 words, as a way to make those words work for you in your plans for the year. It’s called “12 in 12″ and comes from the blog Fitarella. The premise of 12 in 12 is that you pick one new thing each month and commit to doing that every day for 30 days. The next month, you add a new thing and either continue doing the first thing or stop doing it. I’m thinking through now how that could be used with my 3 words.

So here are my 3 words for 2012, and a description of what I mean by these words.


The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change. — Carl Rogers

It’s no secret to those who are regular readers here that I believe education is important. It’s one of the things we offer both here at MT Tools Online as well as the MT Inner Circle. The start of the EHR Training Academy provides some great opportunities for education as well. It’s a topic that I am passionate about, and I believe we have much to do in our changing world. I will continue to poke the box this year about educational topics that matter and brings those to the audiences I serve. It is my goal to make education something that’s fun, that’s meaningful, and that breaks through the “norms” of what we consider traditional and boring.

For me personally, I am embarking on a new educational venture for myself. I have enrolled in a coding program and will be taking the knowledge and skills I have developed in my MT background to learn this new skill. I believe it’s a good fit and one that can increase opportunities in the healthcare industry. I will be sharing this journey with you in a new weekly column, “Coding Corner,” starting on Wednesday.


One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular. – Tony Robbins

It’s easy for me to always be finding that “new shiny thing.” I’m constantly looking at new tools and ways to do things. At the same time, however, it becomes easy to always be chasing something new and lose focus of the notion of getting things done. One thing I have learned from reading Seth Godin’s materials is that it’s important to SHIP things. Focus allows for that. If things aren’t shipped, the things I can accomplish, both here and personally, just don’t matter.

Focus also means that I will be sure to spend time focusing on the things that are matter. In thinking about the idea of 12 in 12, one thing that comes to mind under focus is planning to unplug from this computer every day by 8:00 at night. Doing that allows me to focus on other things. Focus isn’t just about work things, it’s about focusing on my family, on the things I am doing for my own education.

Another area I plan to incorporate focus into this year is health. I believe when we work at home and are on the computer all day, it’s easy to neglect our health. That will be an area of focus this year.


The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen. – Lee Iacocca

Many of us have that dream of writing a book. This year, I plan to write more. It will mean more blog posts, but I intend it to mean more than that. I’m currently reading a book, Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (And Live to Tell About It). It’s inspiring to think that some of the things I’ve always wanted to write about could actually get done if I have a plan, focus on it, and simply write. Stay tuned for more on this as well!

What About You?

So now you have my 3 words. I’d love to hear your 3 words for 2012! Please post them here in the comments. We’ll revisit these from time to time throughout the year. and I look forward to a great new year. Happy New Year! I hope that 2012 is a wonderful year for everyone and that we all move forward in our profession and in our lives!

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