How using 3 words can power your New Year’s Resolutions 2013

How using 3 words can power your New Year’s Resolutions 2013

New Years ResolutionsAt this time of the year, my thoughts always turn to New Year Resolutions and goals, does yours? I find that the calendar turning over from December to January somehow pushes me to reflect and reconsider what I am doing with my life and what I want to achieve. I am still counting my days (and yes, they are still getting less) but my desire to want to “make much of time” grows with significant intensity each passing season. How about you? At this time of the year do you stop and set New Year’s Resolutions? Do you already have the list completed so waking up on January 1st (baring the hangover) you hit the ground-running laser focused?

In some ways, I envy those people for whom life can be taken a day at a time. Are you one of those kinds of people? Are you a person who can be content for just today? Are you a person who has dreams and ambitions, but they are more about cultivating values rather than gaining things, more about living fully each day than fully completing all the tasks for the day? Are you the kind of person for whom the joy of living and gaining the most out of this one day is enough? Are you the kind of person that your New Years Resolutions could just be … “enjoy life.”

It’s a bit simplistic, I know, to say there are just two types of people, the driven and non-driven. Sometimes, the benefits of both can be weighed on the scales of life and the balance may say one is better than the other, is this true? What do you think? Is it better to be driven to achieve? Or achieve to be better driven? Is it better that the engine that powers your New Year’s Resolutions 2013 be fuelled by values rather than tasks?

Raise the volume on New Years Resolutions 2013Being a driven personality can be of great benefit. On the one hand it does create opportunities to bring about positive and progressive change not only for ourselves, but also for the people around us. On the other hand, I believe that the nature of being a driven personality, striving for success, wanting to see progress, wanting to see advancement, wanting to see growth and wanting to daily tick the items off the list, can also be a “doubled edged sword.” I know that I am a driven person. Always have been. Being driven has helped me progress, being driven has helped me achieve things, and experience great adventures. Being driven has helped me build many transforming and creative teams of people who have pushed forward projects that have helped change the local community where I live and now are bringing a message of hope through the internet to millions and changing the lives of children in state orphanages across the CIS (former Soviet Union) forever. Being a driven personality can bring about positive progress and change.

Yet, there could be a darker side to being driven. Perhaps, in the pursuit of future successes, we can miss the special moments of today. I can sometimes see this in me. Is this something that you can observe in yourself? My wife jokingly (I hope) says that she will inscribe on my gravestone, “He Always Wanted More.” Honestly, I would hope (and I know really) that my legacy would be more than that just a declaration of discontentment. What would be on yours? What would someone you love honestly say they could see in you? Are you missing today by being driven by tomorrow?

I recently read an interesting post by Chris Brogan who explains that he uses 3 words to focus his activities for the coming year. It got me thinking, if I was sitting in December 2013 with a cup of coffee reflecting on the year that has passed what three words would I like to sum up the values that have driven my days, that had been the fuel behind Januarys New Year’s Resolutions 2013? My three words for 2013 are:

  • Gratitude
  • Possibility
  • Simplicity

In future posts I will expand more on why and what those words mean to me. But what about you, if you were going to use three words to describe 2013, what would they be? I would love to know, please write and tell me, perhaps we can help remind each other as the days tick by and challenge each other to live by these values?

Sources – Image via stock.xchng – Billy Alexander  & Michaela Kobyakov


Posted on by Peter Billingham in Blog Posts, Happiness, Legacy

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3 Responses to How using 3 words can power your New Year’s Resolutions 2013

  1. Peter Watts

    It’s a great question Peter. I’d like to adopt yours’ but suspect that would be cheating. The word simplicity would certainly be up there, and for my other two….. Compass, and Believe. Believing that all good things are possible, and having the mental compass in place to get there.

    • Peter Billingham

      Hi Peter (first sorry for the delay in getting back to you) and THANKS for telling me about your 3 words. Your comment got lost in the spamming – it drives me crazy.

      How are you bring simplicity into your world? For me, right now, it’s decluttering, becoming a whizz at ebay! Alos, simple travel – went last weekend to Milan and called it simple travel (Ryanair and AirBNB) whole trip for 5 days travel £260 (plus our food) – just a back pack and not much else! I love the compass and believe – facing true North Eh? You have some great posts on the blog – love the one on twitter headlines.

      Once again, really appreciate the comments, sorry for the delay.

      Will post soon an article on using an interpreter when speaking and add a bit of video from a conference I spoke at in Kiev Ukraine.

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