This year I was introduced to the concept of identifying 3 words to be the focus and guide for personal goals and development, rather than going through the exercise of creating resolutions that might fall to the wayside before the end of January. I wrote about how I came to my 3 words here.
For 2011, my words are: Prudence, Mercy, Humility
Prudence = the characteristic of exercising sound judgment in practical affairs; act justly.
Mercy = a disposition to be kind and forgiving; compassionate treatment of others; a blessing
Humility = the quality of being modest, reverential, never rude or self-abasing; temperance (restraint against inordinate desires or appetites).
As January nears its end I’m pleasantly surprised to realize these 3 words continue to resonate for me. But the real trick is to define SMART goals that support these words. SMART goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound. I’m sharing my goals here as an example and as a way to hold myself accountable.
- Exercise 4 hours per week
- Write a minimum of 4 blog posts per week (one each: Here, Here, Here & Here)
- Read one leadership book per month, write a one-page summary for reference and share the content/learnings with my staff
- Save $5/week from my lunch allowance to give away in unexpected places in December
- Read/review one novel per month