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Three Words for 2011: The BlogWorld Team Weighs In


By now you probably know about Chris Brogan’s three word challenge. Every year, Chris  chooses three words to help shape the upcoming new year. Each year, Chris also challenges the rest of the blogosphere to come up with their own three words. Well, the BlogWorld team took him up on his challenge. On Sunday morning, we all woke to a “Happy New Year” email from Rick Calvert. An excerpt:

We wouldn’t be where we are today without each of you but I want to challenge you all to challenge yourselves to exceed even your own expectations in 2011. Not just when it comes to your BlogWorld responsibilities but in your personal lives as well.

Chris Brogan has a great blog post explaining a little twist on New Year’s resolutions. Instead of having traditional resolutions, he picks three words that represent an overarching theme that helps guide all of his goals for the year. I think it’s a great idea and would like to encourage each of you to think of three words that represent your goals for 2011.

As we all shared our three words via internal email, it occurred to me that you all might be interested in our three words as well.Not only does it tell you something about us, personally, but it will also show you our focus and determination for2011. So I asked for, and received, everyone’s permission to share their three words with you.

Behold, the BlogWorld team’s Three Words for 2011:

Rick Calvert:

Live includes several things for me, including getting healthier, spending more time with my family and enjoying and making the most out of every minute of life.

Learn includes reading more , keeping up with the latest technology and developments that effect our industry, playing my guitar, and mastering a foreign language among other things.

Lead includes trying to make the best possible decisions to help each of us and BlogWorld as a whole to succeed, positioning BlogWorld as the leading event in our industry and leading by example.

Dave Cynkin

(Who also considered adding “brevity” to his list):

Fitter: Last year, I resolved to get into great shape. I put forth some effort, but didn’t really achieve what I’d envisioned (I injured myself multiple times and it kept me from exercising consistently). Still, the small, incremental forward steps I made amounted to a platform I can continue building upon. I’m resolving this year to get myself into better shape than last year. I started a fitness post series on our blog, but got so busy with the event coming up, I didn’t continue. I’m now going to continue researching and improving my own nutrition, experimenting with new exercise and training regimens, and I’ll continue posting about fitness to help others as I help myself. The times when I’ve felt, thought, worked, created and performed best was when I had great health and fitness. My mind is tied to my body, and I’m resolving to improve them both as part of my daily life. I have some specific sports goals which are dependent on fitness, but that’s another conversation.

Friendlier: I’m generally a fairly friendly guy, always calling friends to keep in touch while driving on the freeway, emailing to say hello, inviting others for the rare dinner out, and I try to get out and meet up with friends when possible (meetups, tweetups)…but I want to be a better friend and family member. I want to listen better, strengthen my relationships with friends and relatives, and spend more time re-connecting with those who are dear to me (which can be challenging with business, kids, sports and keeping a household running). I often think the year goes by so quickly, but the way I mark time over the course of the year is with fun get-togethers spent with friends and family members. I don’t quite know how I’ll create more time to increase frequency of these occasions, but it’s important to find a way. I love social media because it creates a bridge to new relationships and conversations with new people, but it’s also important to appreciate and nurture the relationships I have and am grateful for.

Faster: This is really about organization and time management, rather than somehow getting faster like a superhero (although the thought of a cape is mildly intriguing). Like all of us, I’m busy and I never seem to have enough time to get everything done. I get up early and stay up late, yet there’s just a big darned pile of to-do’s waiting for me the next morning. Well, it’s high time that I get more organized and efficient. It’s easy to let emails and phone calls distract from getting things done efficiently, but this year I’m going to get better at focusing, completing, moving on to the next thing. Better to have 10 things done and another 10 on deck, than to have 20 things incomplete and insufficient forward motion. I think I’m pretty productive, but being more methodical, I’ll get tasks done quicker and free up time for the other 2 items listed above. Once I’m working more efficiently, I can also easier determine which items I cannot get to in a preferable amount of time, and I’ll seek help to get those things done and not wait for me! 🙂

Patti Hosking:

Health, Prosperity, and Balance.  I’m sticking with them and will do my best to live up to them through my BlogWorld role.  2011 will be phenomenal especially if we keep working together!

Deb Ng:

Positivity: I take a vow of positivity each year. It keeps me from firing off at comments or emails in anger, and encourages me to find the “bright side” of every situation. It works.

Productivity: I’ve gotten more productive in the business sense, but not in the personal sense. This year’s productivity relates to my body more than anything else and I am going to work hard to get my body into shape and be productive in body, mind and spirit.

I hate waiting. Bad things happen when I wait. I need to fix that.

Nikki Katz:

Growth:  I really want to grow in all aspects of my life – spiritually, learning, writing, traveling, working … From growth comes excellence and I always strive for the best!
Cherish: I need to learn to cherish my kids, my friends, my family, and the little things in life. I’m always going forward at 500% and need to take time to appreciate the present.

Patience: Sorry Deb, I have to take this too! Patience is a constant struggle with me. I have a temper and it is quick to flare when I’m angry – whether its waiting or whether its when someone else doesn’t understand something I’m trying to explain (that would be my children!)

Alli Boyer:

Focus: In the past, I’ve been going in a bunch of directions, but I’ve found that in trying to be good at everything, I haven’t really been excellent at anything.

Risk: I’m going try to push myself in 2011, get out of my comfort zone a little more.

Connect: I’ve made some awesome friends in the blogging, and in other parts of my life, and I want to do my best to stay connected to these people, rather than getting wrapped up in my own life too much and letting those friendships and business relationships die.

Did you blog about your three words for 2011? If so, please share in the comments.


  • Michael Carnell

    Deb, I like your three words! Actually all of the words above give food for thought. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions – they feel like a setup for failure – but I do like to take stock of the past, present and future at the turning of the year.

    Gonna give me a good exercise for the morning… what would my three words be. If I could some up my personal hopes for the new year in three thoughts, what are they.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Rick Calvert

    I love the fact that everyone on the team embraced this and I hate that businessy picture.

  • Kathy Nicholls

    I love looking at the new year this way and we did do this on the blog I run. You can find it here: http://mttoolsonline.com/2010/12/27/2011-goals-what-will-your-3-words-be/

  • Christine Seib

    Almost exactly Alli’s list:

    1. Focus: Not only in setting goals and attaining them but in focusing on my own well-being, my family, and my relationships.
    2. Risk: I will step out of my comfort zone a lot. You can’t get what you don’t ask for and you can’t ask unless you get out there.
    3. Reach: Related to connecting, but I want to be much more proactive about it. Seek out opportunities to nurture my network and friendships instead of responding to them. I want to connect to people and connect people to others.

    • Alli

      I really like “risk” – though I think all of us who chose that word are going to need to support one another. Risk is scary!

  • Nancy Passow

    Thanks for sharing and for asking us to share. My three words are caring, integrity, and joy. You can read why in my blog: http://goo.gl/1eYio

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