It was while visiting Leslie last night that she shared a wonderful way to set up an approach to the new year, that she learned from Stephen Hurley (see his word for 2012). Rather than the usual concept of resolutions, which tend to be setups for failures by making one shot goals of things we probably don’t really want to do, she talked about her approach of choosing a word to be her guide for the year.
I like this because it is more open ended, and your success at it is really up to the way you frame and ultimately reflect on it, plus, it is less about failing or succeeding, but more about trying. I’ll leave it to her to share her own word (but maybe it is not a public thing anyhow), but gave some thought to it over the next 24 hours, and my 2012 word will be:
Now this is not Risk in the sense of doing daredevil feats:
or stupid acts of fire:
My concept of risk is being more deliberate about trying things outside my usual range of comforts, and they would eb small by notable examples. I have no idea what it might include right now, but really it is ultimately about the effort to Live Different, Try Different, Get Out of the Ruts. Yes, I have had a lot of that in 2011 with all the road travel, but really, once I was in the mode, it was pretty routine to be living on the road.
To me, you can never really achieve the ultimately level of risk in making new spaces in your life, it is incremental, it is like one of those mathematical limits that get closer but never reach that value. It leaves room to aim for.
So for me it is just something to keep thinking about in 2012. To me, this is more doable that resolutions.
Or maybe, all I need to to to achieve it all is the perfect sudo command: