What’s Your Theme for 2012?

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  • #117995

    Lauren Modeen
    Participant

    ***Updated for 2012***

    Last night I had coffee with one of my favorite + brilliant friends. She asked me: “What’s Your Theme for 2011?” Theme? I asked. “Yea. Instead of a ‘resolution’ which is limiting, every year I think of what my theme will be. With each decision I make, I try to bring it back to the original theme. Weave it all together. For 2010 it was ‘balance.’ For 2011 it is ‘dream big.”

    I love this. I thought it over on my metro ride home and decided for 2011 my theme will be “Create.”

    What’s your theme for 2011?

    What’s your theme for 2012?

  • #118131

    Bill Brantley
    Participant

    Advance!

  • #118129

    Terrence Hill
    Participant

    Great idea! Mine is

    INNOVATE

  • #118127

    Judy Connelly
    Participant

    Excellent Idea Lauren. Mine is

    Enhance

  • #118125

    Stephen Peteritas
    Participant

    This takes me back to the yearbook planning days of high school but I’ll roll with:

    Identity, I really want to carve out my niche this next year.

  • #118123

    Megan Dotson
    Keymaster

    I agree with Judy – mine would be enhance

  • #118121

    “Shepherd” – I know, I know…it’s not just because these guys appear everywhere in Nativity scenes these days πŸ˜‰

  • #118119

    Joseph Porcelli
    Participant

    Inspire!

    Great question, thanks for asking!

  • #118117

    Lauren Modeen
    Participant

    Loving everyone’s ideas!

  • #118115

    Okay…so I ‘m upping the ante by adding an image to accompany my theme…

  • #118113

    Sam Allgood
    Participant

    I’ll have to adopt yours, Andy, as I have picked up an expanded role of shepherding in our ministry this year.

  • #118111

    Lauren Modeen
    Participant

    Nice pic, Andy. I agree: pictures encouraged πŸ™‚

  • #118109

    Emily Desrosiers
    Participant

    PEACE!!

  • #118107

    Heather Coleman
    Participant

    CRUSH IT!

  • #118105

    Mark Hammer
    Participant

    Mine is likely going to be “Tread water”.

    We are awaiting a change in leadership of our organization, most likely in April or thereabouts, and it will take some time to get a sense of whether the newly appointed president is more of the same, or a change in direction, and if the latter what sort of direction.

    So until I have a sense of whether to lower the sails and feel them fill up with the breeze…..or abandon ship, it’s “make like a dog, and paddle!”.

  • #118103

    Judy Connelly
    Participant

    Love it Heather!

  • #118101

    Lauren Modeen
    Participant

    All excellent. Who else has one? Let’s hear it!

  • #118099

    Curt Canada
    Participant

    Adaptability

  • #118097

    Heather Coleman
    Participant

    Great one! I love this image too.

  • #118095

    Andrew Wilson
    Participant

    Lauren,

    Like the concept – first stab at this would be Empowerment ~> to share knowledge, experience, connections and even tools (really whatever is necessary) to help others accomplish their tasks and achieve their goals. If I hope to be at all successful in what I want to achieve, I know it will only be with the help of others so helping others really ends up helping everyone.

  • #118093

    Heather Coleman
    Participant

    This is my passion and I just wrote a speech about it. I love the last point “helping others really ends up helping everyone” – including the helper!

  • #118091

    Victoria A. Runkle
    Participant

    Resilience.

  • #118089

    Elaine Jones
    Participant

    Love this idea, resolutions fade so quickly. I think the verbs work best. I like “create,” but I might want something stronger and more aggressive. I’m thinking of using “overhaul.” Too negative?

  • #118087

    Lauren Modeen
    Participant

    Facelift? Too passive?

  • #118085

    Candace Riddle
    Participant

    SIMPLICITY. “If you can’t explain it simply, then you do not understand it well enough” Einstein

  • #118083

    Debra L Fryar
    Participant

    Mine is Follow-through. So many things get started and then overtaken by new events. I want to really complete more things this year.

  • #118081

    Lorne W. Neff
    Participant

    accretion

    Did a thesaurus search and found this most fitting since I want to build on what I started this year. And I learned a new word too!

  • #118079

    Lauren Modeen
    Participant

    Nice! Now show us a picture πŸ™‚

  • #118077

    Gesuina Paras
    Participant

    I do the same thing every year, I find a theme and my resolutions stem from that.

    This year, mine is to:

    M A K E S P A C E

  • #118075

    Lauren Modeen
    Participant

    OOO! I like that. Physical or mental?

  • #118073

    Jenyfer Johnson
    Participant

    I just finished putting my son through Culinary School and he’s moving out on his own, so I’ve decided to go back to school and finally finish my degree! So my theme for 2011 is LEARN!!!

  • #118071

    Lorne W. Neff
    Participant

    Found out Accretion is an astronomical event too!

  • #118069

    Erin Faehrmann
    Participant

    Great idea Lauren, thanks for sharing. Inspired by Candace’s post, for my 2011 theme I choose:

    B A S I C

    Keep it simple, keep it short, no need to embellish – at work, in life, at home, with my time (family, friends volunteering) and with sustenance (aka food).

  • #118067

    Tom Worthington
    Participant

    Learn by Teaching

    We can learn a lot by trying to teach something to others. Some of the most perceptive questions I am asked are by students. It is only when I listen to myself answer that I then realise the essence of the topic. By trying to understand a topic with others you will also learn more about yourself.

  • #118065

    Kathleen Smith
    Participant

    Expect the Unexpected and embrace it!

  • #118063

    Lauren Modeen
    Participant

    Is this when particles join into one?

  • #118061

    Lauren Modeen
    Participant

    You guys are awesome! Love all your ideas! Very inspiring.

  • #118059

    Steve Ressler
    Keymaster

    How do people plan on making their themes reality?

    I just created a 3X5 card with my goals and theme and put into my wallet.

  • #118057

    Bill Brantley
    Participant

    I have a more elaborate planning process that I described in a blog posting. But it boils down to a document that I keep in a folder on Dropbox and print out in my backpack so I always have it available.

    I think the process of planning is more important than meeting all of your goals because you at least have a direction and seem more open to serendipitous discoveries.

  • #118055

    I have been asking everyone this question over the holidays…my mom said “Action” and my brother said “Word” (he’s a theology guy like me). My wife said “Growth.”

    Per Steve’s question, I have always used FranklinCovey’s method of beginning with a Mission (in this case, the theme), Values, Roles and Goals. An example of how it might work:

    Theme: Shepherd

    Role: GovLoop Community Manager

    Value(s): Service and Generosity

    Goal: Help 50 people find individuals or information they need in nearly real-time every day.

    I try not to get too carried away with it, otherwise the number of goals can get overwhelming. But it’s important to tie into something concrete – a number or a clear accomplishment. Also, I always rank the roles in order of importance: faith, family, finances (work), friends, fitness, fun, etc. – and over the course of the day, make decisions with my time based on their relative rank. If ever competing roles come in conflict, I can choose one over the other in good conscience.

  • #118053

    Kristopher Joseph
    Participant

    Nice topic Lauren! Mine is to:

    bE oRigINal

  • #118051

    Krista J. Roche
    Participant

    HAPPY 2011! Love the theme idea. My 2011 theme is ENGAGE.

  • #118049

    Dory Dahlberg
    Participant

    Self-discipline!

  • #118047

    Steve Ressler
    Keymaster

    Love it…

  • #118045

    Connectedness.

  • #118043

    Lauren Modeen
    Participant

    Awesome Krista!

  • #118041

    Jay Johnson
    Participant

    Less Chaos

  • #118039

    Erin Faehrmann
    Participant

    Nice. I just put my basic T-shirt pic on the desktop of my computer, might go for the wallet insert too as mine is linked to spending/shopping also.

  • #118037

    Emi Whittle
    Participant

    Health and Happiness!

  • #118035

    Survive

  • #118033

    Lucy Lester
    Participant

    Foucs – Follow One Course Until Successful

  • #118031

    Tarryn Reddy
    Participant

    Conquer finishing grad school, conquer the job market, conquer a 10 mile race, conquer my hesitation about moving cities again….

  • #118029

    Lauren Modeen
    Participant

    Hey guys – I loved all of your response back in December. It’s about 1/2 way through the year. How are you all doing? Did you stay on course? Revise?

  • #118027

    Stephanie Slade
    Participant

    What a great question.

    I’m not sure, if I’d been confronted with this in December, what my answer would have been. But at this point, halfway through the year, I’d have to say my theme for 2011 is risk-taking.

    I’m a pretty risk-averse person by nature, but I think this is the point in my life (right out of grad school, carving out my place in the world and, with any luck, launching an amazing career) when it’s time to step outside my comfort zone and take a bunch of risks.

  • #118025

    Jay Johnson
    Participant

    I said that my theme for 2011 would be ‘less chaos.’ I created a blog at lesschaos.posterous.com and a twitter account @lesschaos. My involvement with both has been so-so, but I guess it helps remind me of my theme. As for actually reducing the chaos, well it’s a work in progress. πŸ™‚

  • #118023

    Lauren Modeen
    Participant

    Hi all,

    We’re teetering on the edge of 2011/2012. So I pose the question back to you: What is Your Theme for 2012?

  • #118021

    Jay Johnson
    Participant

    I think it will be – “Believe in myself”

  • #118019

    For 2012, mine is “Energy.” I plan to pay close attention to how I’m managing my energy – and that starts in really monitoring my thoughts and cutting off negative energy at the root, then channeling it in creative, productive ways.

  • #118017

    Stephen Peteritas
    Participant

    Purpose

  • #118015

    Terrence Hill
    Participant

    Service to Others!

  • #118013

    Bill Brantley
    Participant

    Next Level

  • #118011

    Megan Dotson
    Keymaster

    Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
    ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • #118009

    Bob Potter
    Participant

    Collaborate!

  • #118007

    linda perry
    Participant

    Use time wisely, mindfully, you can’t buy it.

  • #118005

    Kanika Tolver
    Participant

    Make the Leap (this leap year)

    Check out my blog posting on Make the Leap in 2012.

    http://myliferehab.com

  • #118003

    Steve Ressler
    Keymaster

    Similar to CREATE, I will focus on innovation in how we deliver govt services.

  • #118001

    Heidi Sheppard
    Participant

    I will adapt yours- Innovate!

  • #117999

    Almer Griffin
    Participant

    my theme is to FOCUS, LET GO AND LET GOD !!!

  • #117997

    Candace Riddle
    Participant

    Go Into the World and Do “Good”: Ok…so I stole this from Rotary. But they are also financing an opportunity of a lifetime for me this year. I will be traveling to South Korea to study my vocation, and to form relationships with hundreds of people while I’m there. The point, greater cross-cultural understanding will eventually lead to better international relations.

    Countries that are on my agenda this year: South Korea, Puerto Rico (U.S. Territory), Mexico and whatever else I can add. If you’re not lucky enough to be traveling international this year, try taking a trip to another floor in your building…I guarantee it will be a cross-cultural experience for you.

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