3 Words for 2014

posted Jan 2, 2014, 12:33 PM by Tia Karelson   [ updated Mar 14, 2014, 3:43 PM ]

January 2, 2014

A new year is a time for fresh starts. Reading Rob Hatch’s and Chris Brogan’s blogs, they recommend that instead of making resolutions, decide upon three words as guideposts for the year.

I’ve never been great at making resolutions. Sometimes I make them, but then promptly forget them. Shoot, I wasn’t supposed to eat all that chocolate. Three words are appealing, and on the surface, require less effort. Perhaps I’ll even write them down, unlike the resolutions which never saw paper.

The tough part is deciding the three words. Given the current Minnesota winter, I’m tempted to put “hibernation” on the list. I seem to be doing this anyway, and what better excuse than consistent below zero weather?  

On Christmas Day, my gift to myself was listening to a session I had with an astrologer back in 2006. Yes, an astrologer. Many friends have heard me reference this before, and while I am a strategic and analytic person, this session was profound. The stars offered more guidance than I could have imagined.

The astrologer summed up the session by sharing that while my chart says “self-reliance,” my destiny is “relying on others.” Despite hearing this message years ago, I still forged down the self-reliance path. It’s my default position. I prefer working alone to the messiness of group projects. As a group leader, I will take the burden off others. Delegating is not a strong suit. I launched Market Karma on my own rather than partnering with someone else. The examples go on and on. But you know what? This self-reliance business is tiring.

Along with listening to the astrologer tape, I stumbled across a leadership presentation with two columns of words:


Criticizing

Complaining

Comparing

Competing

Contending

 

 

Forgiveness

Abundance

Gratitude


I ripped out the page to carry it with me as a reminder of the importance of looking outward rather than inward, particularly when catching myself doing the things in the first column. Stealing the words gratitude, forgiveness and abundance would be easy, but disingenuous, so while I’ll still remind myself of these words, I’ve chosen my own three words:

·         Trust

·         Intuition

·         Now

Learning to rely on others means trusting others. Trusting that their intentions are good, and they will keep their word. It also means trusting in the universe that all is as it should be.

The astrologer recognized that my intuition is often strong, but then I second guess or overanalyze the situation. In 2014, I will trust my intuition.

As a person who loves to think (see paragraph above), I am prone to frittering away the now.  The present moment is now. Enjoy it.

When we see each other this year, please ask how I’m doing with these guideposts, and remind me to trust you, trust my intuition, and be grateful for the now.

What are your three words for 2014?

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