My Three Words for 2012 - thank you Chris Brogan!
I want to thank Chris Brogan for inspiring me to write this. It was his blog "My 3 Words for 2012" that energized me to think and reflect about what my three words would be. In essence, if you have not read it, every year since 2006 Brogan challenges his readers to forgo the idea of a resolution, and instead, to come up with 3 words that will help you define your goals and experiences for the coming year. The reason being that resolutions are often too vague, or too directed towards one goal such as “quit smoking”. Brogan suggests to "dig deeper, to find three words that could be used as lighthouses to guide you through stormy seas, that can be used as flags on the battlefield of your challenges, words that will bolster you and give you a direction that goes beyond the goals you might attach as a result of these words."
Last year, I commented on Brogan's blog but I do not even remember what my three words were so this year I felt that I needed to go a step further, and "dig deep", and find something I will refer back to throughout the year.
Looking back, I did pretty good without remembering my three words, especially in business! I can only imagine how much better the year would have been if I would have remembered those 3 words!! So jump right in with me on my three words for 2012 and I would love to know your opinion of them:
Foundation Student Visionary
Anything built that is going to hold me up must be built on a strong foundation. For myself, I need to lay a stronger foundation in three main areas in 2012: exercise, health and balance.
- Exercise - I cannot continue to joke about going to the gym 1.5 times a week. It is not funny anymore. Talking about is not strong. In order to improve this, it takes 25 to 30 days to create a habit. My goal will be 3 to 4 times a week for those 25 to 30 days. For an ex top ranked tennis player in the state of Virginia, this should not be difficult!
- Health - My name is Christopher Somers, and I am a Pepsi addict. There, I said it! Instead of paving 2012 with caffeine and stressful moments, I can build a better foundation by reducing both Pepsi and stress! My gracious staff of RE/MAX Access has already paved the path by providing me with a 90 minute Swedish massage for a XMAS gift. And the Pepsi reduction will all be on me!
- Balance - This is one I have been struggling with over the years as I channel so much energy into work being a business owner of REMAX Access and a self-employed entrepreneur / Realtor / CEO of The Somers. My goal is to be more efficient with my time to be able to take more time to spend with my wife, to take more vacations, to be able to concentrate on health and wellness more and the like. I have a feeling that all three of these things will come together, thus creating FOUNDATION!
A student is always open-minded to knowledge, learning and practicing. I always want to be a student of life, a student of real estate, of the world and the things that interest me the most. And ultimately those who know, teach! It is important that I do not rest on my laurels or get lazy or complacent like that kid who rolls into school late or who sits in the back of the class not paying attention. One of the things I am doing right away is attending the Inman Real Estate Conference and I am going to approach that like a student as the leaders in the industry will be at this conference. Student is a humbling word for me and I am going to treat it with the utmost importance in 2012.
A visionary is a person who can see the potential of the future through a clear and focused mind. Visionaries cannot get side-tracked, distracted or have "attention deficit disorder". Being a control freak is not going to work in 2012. As a visionary, there needs to be an aspect of faith and strength. This is not just in business, but in all aspects of life. I can see myself now accomplishing these items. And I believe having a strong foundation, being a student of life and developing vision will set the stage for 2012.
This year I will remember my three words: FOUNDATION, STUDENT and VISIONARY .
I challenge you to dig deep as well. What three words will define you for 2012?