My 3 Words for 2017
Before I get into my bright vision for 2017, here’s what 2016 looked like in my business:
First Quarter: I recovered from a brutal attack on my server that affected over 20 websites. I learned a ton about website security “the hard way.”
Second Quarter: I discovered an amazing business coach and committed to her year-long business coaching program. As a result, I generated more new business and revenue during this quarter than I had in any equivalent amount of time since I started Liz Lee Media.
Third Quarter: Still surfing on this wave of expansion, I signed up for every course, program, and entrepreneurial mailing list I found. In addition to all of my commitments, I took my family (dogs included) on a 2000 mile road trip to attend a three-day live event all about 2017 business planning in Connecticut.
And on our way up, I took a stand on an important issue in Philadelphia.
Fourth Quarter: Realizing that I had taken on WAY too much, I found myself chasing all the commitments I had made in Q3, feeling a bit like this…
In December, I deliberately slowed everything down. There was no way I was going to bring this unsustainable behavior into 2017.
I worked less (understanding that the consequence was making less money).
And I listened….for my intuition to kick in.
Making space in my schedule and my mind, the flow of intuition returned. Synchronicity was reactivated. I got messages that were timely and extremely useful.
One of these messages came from a webinar led by Mike Vardy. He talked about choosing his “three words for the year,” referencing Chris Brogan as his inspiration for the practice.
Already in a reflective frame of mind, I was ready to choose my three words for 2017. As I had spent so much time focusing on and reacting to external circumstances, I felt that this should be a year to go “in.”
For me, to “in”joy is simply choosing to be in joy.
What does this look like? I am:
- Doing the work-related things that really bring me joy and delegating the rest.
- Making time for joyful activities outside of work.
- Focus on “joy points” – the little things that bring me joy so that I strengthen the connections in my brain that favor joy.
I believe the more joyful I feel, the more joyful experiences I will attract. I intend to pull back from the “seriousness” of work and allow myself to be more light-hearted.
One of my strengths in my work is my intuition. If I want to offer truly “intuitive media solutions,” I must consciously connect with my intuition on a regular basis.
To that extent, I am:
- Slowing down my mind with meditation and yoga.
- Taking time for reflection and checking in with myself (using the Self-Journal every day).
- Making more decisions based on intuition rather than stress or overwhelm.
Much of the overwhelm I experienced in the latter part of 2016 was related to having so much new and potentially useful information in my head and not knowing where to start to use it in my business.
In 2017, I am:
- Loosening up the bottleneck of information that has piled up in my brain by putting the most relevant knowledge into practice, creating new habits.
- Integrating my left and right brain more so that I can tackle both logical and creative tasks in my business with more proficiency.
- Blocking my time thematically for efficiency and productivity (using The Now Year Wall Calendar).
So while I don’t have New Year’s resolutions per se, I am adding some structure to this year to help stabilize my workflow and manage expansion better.
I can relate to so many entrepreneurs who admit that they fear expansion and even sabotage themselves against it. I am finding that if I create a structure for growth, I am not only more prepared for it, but I also invite more of it.
And that may still feel scary, but definitely more manageable.
What sustainable habits are you cultivating for 2017?
Having lived 63 yrs now, partially retired and happy…good idea and good words to live by at your stage of life. Mine are, slow down, smell more roses, and do what makes me happy…all making everyone in my life happier too! Good for you sweetie. Miss ya’ll…HNY…hope to see your smiling more relaxed, organized, focus on family more smiling faces soon. Laura Simon
I agree, Laura! Happiness is a choice and it benefits everyone around you. 🙂
My three words for 2017. “Just do it”. I’m using a bullet journal to stay on point. Love to you and your family!!!!
Sometimes it really just comes down to that! Great words for 2017. Have you posted them somewhere?
Well done Liz.
Success for 2017 seems to be planned out and ready to happen.
Years ago when I was a teacher, I remember my principal saying, “If you fail to plan, plan to fail.” Those words have stuck with me all these years, but integrating them into my life has been a slow but worthwhile process.
Great article Liz. I feel 2016 was a challenging year for many. Here’s to a wonderful 2017. I’m still working out my words for this year. Would love to hear how you progress with your new tools to keep inspired and on track.
Thanks, Danielle! I plan to do another blog post with updates on these and some other tools I am trying out. So far I can say that the Self Journal has been extremely valuable in keeping me on track with my goals. I heard about it months ago but thought that it was futile to try to journal anything with a toddler around, but once I started deliberately carving out time for the activities that move the needle in my business–and setting firm boundaries around that time–the results were amazing.
Yeah, what she said.
And you know I could not do what I do without your love and support. 😀
Great update! Glad to hear you’re doing well! Hope to see you guys in the new year!
Justin, thanks and so great to hear from you! This year has GOT to be better than 2016, no matter how many words we assign to it. 🙂
I personally haven’t given thought to my three words for 2017, but it’s something I will start thinking about. Thank you for the inspiration!
Thanks for reading, Brooke! I always enjoy reading your posts as well. 🙂 Hope you are having a great start to your 2017.
I saw the post from Chris about the three words, but just couldn’t come up with three. Using “in” as the connector was a brilliant move, and I love your ideas! I hope 2017 is awesome for you.
Love your blog and am so excited to see what 2017 brings for you! Your path is so well lit up with your intention and your intuition. Thank you for sharing…My one word for 2017 is expansion:) Bring it! xo