Yesterday, I came across this post from Matt Guyan. In the post, he talked about discovering the hashtag #oneword. The idea behind the hashtag is pretty simple. Choose a word that will guide your actions over the upcoming 12 months. I write about goals and core values in my e-Learning Business series posts and the #oneword idea is a similar concept.
Without written goals, you let random events dictate your path through life. Other people’s goals become your goals and their core values become your core values. I have my core values and goals in place for 2017 that serve as my compass for the year. After reviewing them, I extracted two words to share. Yes! I know this is supposed to be about #oneword but I think that is too restricting. I’ll be writing them on a notecard and placing them in a prominent place in my office to serve as a visual reminder.
My two words are FOCUS and ACTION.
I live in a world full of distractions and I bet you do too! Being more focused this year is all about knowing what is most important for me. It’s about unplugging a little each day to take a walk or ride my bike. It’s stopping the endless multitasking activities and focusing on one task at a time. I’ll start the first hour of my day reading, reflecting and recharging. I’ll prepare for the next day’s work with a To Do list of action items aligned with my short and long term goals. I will filter my decisions and choices through my goals and core values.
Reading and learning new things is important but it can lead to analysis paralysis. As James Clear states on his website, new knowledge does not always equal new results. Learning new information can sometimes be a crutch to taking action. If you don’t practice what you learn, then learning becomes a form of procrastination. Over the last year, I’ve read a lot of books and blog posts. I’ve thought about different ideas I could put into place in my business. This year it’s about putting that knowledge to ACTION. Is it a risk? Yes, of course! Anyone who runs a business should be taking risks and getting outside of their comfort zone.
What about you? What word or words would you choose for this year to guide your choice? If you need help with your written goals and core values, take a look at my e-Learning Biz Series articles.