My Three Words for 2011

Apparently, it’s Chris Brogan week here at The Confident Introvert.  Honestly, the last post was happenstance.  This post I’ve been thinking about for awhile.

Each year, Chris chooses three words to live by instead of making resolutions.  I really like that idea, and I’ve been thinking about my three words for 2011 for a few months now.  The three words are backed up with a plan that has SMART goals; SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound.

I haven’t quite got to the plan part yet, but I have chosen my three words for 2011.

Mindful – Or maybe intentional is a better word.  I just feel that many of my actions over the last few years have been kind of random, not really building toward anything in particular.  And that’s starting to bother me.  I want to be more mindful of all the decisions I make.  What I eat, how I spend my time, what goals I’m working toward.

Forward – No more maintaining the status quo; no more doing things just because I’ve done them before and they are comfortable.  The actions I take in 2011 will all be focused on specific goals that get me the things I want.

Bold –  There’s a quote I heard several years ago that still inspires me:  Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.  (Source)

This will be the toughest one for me, and I’m not quite sure yet how it’s going to manifest itself.  Yes, I am a confident introvert, but there are still plenty of things that make me feel uncomfortable.  And no one in my life has ever called me or anything I’ve done bold.  But it’s always good to have to stretch for something.  I’m going to stretch for being bold.

Now, I need to work on my plan, keeping these three words in mind.

What are your three words for 2011?


  1. says

    Nice post, Susan. I’m taking a time out from goal setting right now (at a Starbucks, btw). Unlike what you said above; however, I’m working on my plan now. I love the three words idea, though, and will definitely need to think of what my three words for the new year will be. Best to you in 2011, Jennifer

  2. Susan says

    Thanks, Jennifer! Congrats for working on your plan. I think I need to do something like that — get away from the house and really concentrate. Have a great 2011.

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