Why pick just one word for 2011 when, like Chris Brogan, you could have three? What will your words be?
I’ve been kickin’ around my 3 words: Service? Useful? Growth? Learning? Pleasure? Joy? Connection? Explore?
These are the ideas that keep coming up:
1. I want to be useful, of service, engage in ways that make a difference, that help, that inspire, that are valuable. How can I be more valuable to you this year? Please do let me know!
“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.” George Bernard Shaw
2. It’s essential to me to celebrate the moments of life as I live them… even more this year than ever before. To savor, to commemorate, to be present and smile. That is where joy comes in.
“Life is not a journey to the grave with intentions of arriving safely in a pretty well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming … WOW! What a ride!”
3. The European Summit 2010 made clear that I am at a place where the level of skills and knowledge I’ve accrued up til now no longer suffice. New teams, knowledge and skills are needed. It’s like standing on the edge of Columbus’s map, ready to go further, out where there be dragons. That’s how it seemed last year, anyway. Like I was standing on the top of a ski run far, far too steep to be safe for me and my eyes were huge and sometimes brimming with giant tears. Now I feel like Jean Luc Picard at the helm of the Starship Enterprise. It’s time to assemble a first-rate crew and boldly go into the beyond. This is a time of growth, discovery and exploration. It’s time to embrace the unknown. There a song for this, too: Deb Talan‘s Big Strong Girl. Check it out!
So the words for 2011 are:
Service. Joy. Embrace.
The soundtrack for these words is the Black Eyed Peas, I’ve Got a Feelin’. FUN!