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My Three Words for 2014

my three words 2014

Three words can drive momentum, maintain focus and prioritize your efforts! Will you take the Three Word challenge?

Credit Chris Brogan For This

I can’t take credit for this exercise- full credit goes to Chris Brogan. (I really hope you check out his post with his three words for 2013 PLUS his words from previous years!) And I bet tomorrow you can check out his three words for 2014!

Brogan says in 2010:

Pick three words that help you the way a lighthouse helps a ship in a storm. Give yourself a word that guides you towards a powerful new opportunity, and that keeps you focused on what comes of this year.

Personal Performance

When I look back over the past year (or two), I fully admit, I’ve floundered, drifted and procrastinated. We’re all human, right! But I can honestly say, having these words on my office white board have made a difference. They become my mantra. They help fit the pieces together and help me realize when they don’t fit.

2013: Connection. Reflection. Direction

2012: Persistence. Performance. Deliver. 

Resolutions Didn’t Work

Resolutions are tough. They seem too big a commitment. That’s why I wrote Gearing Up for the Next Big Thing. I don’t think a goal should take a full year to accomplish. When I used to make a “New Year’s Resolution” I felt like it was unachievable due to its enormity. Chunking resolutions into smaller bite-sized pieces makes them actionable! I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and have the ability to carry them through.

My Three Words for 2014

Sensation. Promotion. Veracious.

sensation visual thesaurus

Credit to http://www.visualthesaurus.com/

Sensation has to do with the many senses that I’ll address in developing content this year! Yikes, I said it! So, expect visual and audio content. (Think infographics and podcasts and perhaps some video too!)

And sensation has another implication as well. I plan to make an impact on the people I interact with. I was going to use the word engage, but that seemed kind of trite.


Promotion is about helping people understand how they can become better at promoting themselves! Not the braggart type of horn tooters, but the kind that know how to take credit where credit is due! There are so many ways self-promotion can be done delicately- without turning off others!

Veracious. No, not authentic. Veracious: habitually speaking the truth; truthful; honest. It has always been part of who I am. I’ve gotten myself into trouble sometimes, but, I wouldn’t trade this for anything! You know the saying: “The truth shall set you free.”

What are your three words for 2014?

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  • Jackie Yun January 1, 2014, 3:36 pm

    Happy 2014, Hannah!

    In addition to Chris Brogan, I see that you’ve been inspiring others in this three word approach to the New Year such as Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter at her blog. Very cool!

    My three words for 2014 are:
    Flowers – Encouragement to do what’s important with grace and beauty because life is fleetingly short.
    Heart – Reminder to live from the heart because the heart can be an equal partner with the head, even in seemingly mind-dominated situations.
    Enrich- A daily ask: Am I enriching others by my actions? Am I enriching myself?

    As I post my three words here and in other venues, I can feel my resolve grow! Thank you for sharing and being so motivational.

    Jackie Yun