Last year I tested Chris Brogan’s 3 Words thinking and it was a stupendous success. Last year’s words were dissident, High Priest and performer. The goal is to choose 3 words which remind me who I want to be this year. Words which will inform and affect every action, every day.
These words aren’t in play because of what they mean literally, nor does it matter in my routine what they mean to you. The goal is to give myself a quick and easy touchstone for “Is what I’m doing right now moving me toward my goals?”
My 3 Words
My 3 words for 2014: artist, adventurer, actor.
This is my year to write write write, focusing on my fiction. But artist because author or writer is too restricting. Everything I do has style. Like the details in an art deco building, a Chandler mystery, or an Armani suit, the close you get the better it looks. Not only will I focus on creating art, but on behaving as an artist, thinking of myself as an artist.
On our year-end sabbatical I was helped to see that while I’m great with risk and uncertainty in the big picture, not so much for the next step I need to take. I know the lost temple is out in that jungle, and I have no fear I’ll find it . . . if I can just find the path.
Indiana Jones doesn’t look for a path, he makes one. This year, even if it’s scary, even if it might be wrong, I’ll take the next step. I can always go back and try again. but there’s no right way, because I’m making the way and the way I’m making is what’s right right now.
An adventurer doesn’t hate the tramping but love the golden goal. A true adventurer sleeps in his clothes if he has to; deals with the bugs and the heat and the smell and pain, because the only people who get to see the golden temple without doing the work are dreamers — and I mean that in the pejorative sense, not in the you-and-I sense.
I had planned on leaving performer on the list this year because I was planning on doing lots of traveling and public speaking. But our year-ender taught me that personal appearances and public speaking won’t move me toward the big goal this year.
I’m finally making some measurable changes in my health. Blood pressure under control. Certain social anxieties quelled. Semi-regular exercise. And big dietary changes. Losing over a pound a week, and I intend to keep it up.
Remember the leading men in 40s movies, men like Bogart, Cary Grant, Gary Cooper? They’re lithe, graceful, thin, looking fit and trim in nice clothes. When I look in the mirror, I want to see fit and trim. Lithe, agile, graceful. This means sticking with a healthier eating regimen, and it means raising the stakes on the exercise and keeping a positive mental image of myself.
Personal Appearances and Public Speaking
I could hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth from here. Never fear. Best Beloved and I talked it through and realized that, though it doesn’t necessarily push my personal agenda for this year, travel and speaking to groups of aspiring writers fills me emotionally, and that’s reason enough to do it.
So, if you’ve got a group of aspiring writers who’d like to be inspired, led, taught, or kicked in the pants, give me a shout and we’ll see what sorts itself out.