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Happy New Year! We have said farewell to 2012 and begin anew today. It’s a brand new chapter in your life, just like a new chapter in a book. What will you write in your life story for 2013?

As ha been our tradition for a couple of years now, it’s time to think about the three words you will use for your year. For those who are new, I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. They often seem to set one up for failure. Instead, we pick three words that will guide us through the year. Last year’s words were education, focus, and write. I love how many of you chose three words for your year as well and shared them here, and hope you will do the same this year.

Selecting three words for the year isn’t as easy as it may sound. It means taking the time to think about where you want to be and what you want to accomplish. Just yesterday I was watching a television program that offered five tips for success when it comes to setting goals. It’s worth checking out as you plan for your year. So let’s get to those three words!

Opportunity

“The opportunity of a lifetime is to pick yourself. Quit waiting to get picked; quit waiting for someone to give you permission; quit waiting for someone to say you are officially qualified and pick yourself. It doesn’t mean you have to be an entrepreneur or a freelancer, but it does mean you stand up and say, ‘I have something to say. I know how to do something. I’m doing it. If you want me to do it with you, raise your hand.” – Seth Godin

This year I plan to focus on opportunities, both finding them and providing them. I believe there are so many things we can do with our skills and that opportunities do exist if we seek them out. For me, it starts with looking for new opportunities to use my skills in a different job situation. It means spending my time with things that I really enjoy and can thrive while doing. It also includes finishing that book that got put on hold in 2012 because I just couldn’t focus on it to get it done. It means continuing to create opportunities for others in education so that we can all find that sweet spot where we are truly prospering where we are.

Health

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” – Author Unknown

We do a lot of talking about health, and yet somehow it seems to be one of the hardest things to really take action on in our lives. In the past year, I’ve lost people in my life, and I’ve watched others suffer with illness. This year it’s time for me to make a real plan to focus on health. I love the above quote because health really is about more than just physical things. It’s not just about the absence of disease or illness. It’s about the total picture, mind, body, and spirit if you will. For most of my life, I’ve considered something like weight loss a “diet” and this year that is going to change. It’s about being healthy. In that same light, doing things that I really enjoy bring sound mental health. Taking time to actually do social things now and then is important to our lives as well. Like many in our profession, I tend to spend way too much time sitting at a computer. In this last year, I haven’t read like I wanted, I haven’t done much to accomplish the health goals I had for last year, and so I’m choosing health as one of my words for 2013.

Create

You are capable of making a difference, of being bold, and of changing more than you are willing to admit. You are capable of making art. – Seth Godin, The Icarus Deception

It’s no secret that I am a huge Seth Godin fan. Some of his books have indeed changed my life and my thinking. In his latest book, The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?, he challenges readers to create their art. Art, as defined by Godin, isn’t just about paintings; in his book Linchpin, he says, “Your art is what you do when no one can tell you exactly how to do it. Your art is the act of taking personal responsibility, challenging the status quo, and changing people.”

And so in 2013, I will focus on creating art. Whether through writing, speaking, the things I participate in, they will focus on creating art. In my life, a big part of my “art” is my writing. It’s why I need to finish that book, it’s why I write on the sites I operate. I haven’t done nearly enough of that in the last few months. So it’s time for a change!

Over To You!

And now it’s your turn! What will your three words be for 2013?

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