December 17, 2010 at 5:36 pm #117995
***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 2012?
December 18, 2010 at 12:05 am #118131
December 19, 2010 at 2:33 pm #118129
Great idea! Mine is
December 19, 2010 at 6:34 pm #118127
Excellent Idea Lauren. Mine is
December 20, 2010 at 1:39 pm #118125
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.
December 20, 2010 at 2:31 pm #118123
I agree with Judy – mine would be enhance
December 20, 2010 at 2:43 pm #118121
“Shepherd” – I know, I know…it’s not just because these guys appear everywhere in Nativity scenes these days 😉
December 20, 2010 at 6:14 pm #118119
Great question, thanks for asking!
December 20, 2010 at 8:28 pm #118117
Loving everyone’s ideas!
December 20, 2010 at 8:35 pm #118115
December 21, 2010 at 1:09 pm #118113
I’ll have to adopt yours, Andy, as I have picked up an expanded role of shepherding in our ministry this year.
December 21, 2010 at 3:05 pm #118111
Nice pic, Andy. I agree: pictures encouraged 🙂
December 21, 2010 at 4:45 pm #118109
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December 21, 2010 at 9:12 pm #118105
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!”.
December 22, 2010 at 12:08 am #118103
Love it Heather!
December 27, 2010 at 1:36 am #118101
All excellent. Who else has one? Let’s hear it!
December 28, 2010 at 12:00 am #118099
December 28, 2010 at 3:18 pm #118097
Great one! I love this image too.
December 28, 2010 at 4:08 pm #118095
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.
December 28, 2010 at 4:14 pm #118093
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!
December 29, 2010 at 2:32 am #118091
Victoria A. RunkleParticipant
December 29, 2010 at 2:55 pm #118089
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?
December 29, 2010 at 3:02 pm #118087
Facelift? Too passive?
December 29, 2010 at 3:29 pm #118085
SIMPLICITY. “If you can’t explain it simply, then you do not understand it well enough” Einstein
December 29, 2010 at 4:06 pm #118083
Debra L FryarParticipant
Mine is Follow-through. So many things get started and then overtaken by new events. I want to really complete more things this year.
December 29, 2010 at 4:25 pm #118081
Lorne W. NeffParticipant
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!
December 29, 2010 at 4:28 pm #118079
Nice! Now show us a picture 🙂
December 29, 2010 at 5:41 pm #118077
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
December 29, 2010 at 5:42 pm #118075
OOO! I like that. Physical or mental?
December 29, 2010 at 6:09 pm #118073
December 29, 2010 at 6:30 pm #118071
Lorne W. NeffParticipant
December 29, 2010 at 11:14 pm #118069
December 29, 2010 at 11:17 pm #118067
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.
December 30, 2010 at 11:40 am #118065
Expect the Unexpected and embrace it!
December 30, 2010 at 4:33 pm #118063
Is this when particles join into one?
December 30, 2010 at 4:34 pm #118061
You guys are awesome! Love all your ideas! Very inspiring.
December 31, 2010 at 5:11 pm #118059
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.
December 31, 2010 at 5:20 pm #118057
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.
January 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm #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:
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.
January 3, 2011 at 10:29 am #118053
Nice topic Lauren! Mine is to:
January 3, 2011 at 3:13 pm #118051
Krista J. RocheParticipant
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Jay S. Daughtry, ChatterBachsParticipant
January 3, 2011 at 3:57 pm #118043
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January 3, 2011 at 9:07 pm #118039
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.
January 3, 2011 at 10:14 pm #118037
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March 17, 2011 at 10:51 am #118033
Foucs – Follow One Course Until Successful
March 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm #118031
July 7, 2011 at 2:04 pm #118029
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?
July 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm #118027
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.
July 8, 2011 at 7:10 pm #118025
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. 🙂
December 9, 2011 at 4:50 pm #118023
We’re teetering on the edge of 2011/2012. So I pose the question back to you: What is Your Theme for 2012?
December 9, 2011 at 5:12 pm #118021
I think it will be – “Believe in myself”
December 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm #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.
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January 4, 2012 at 1:47 pm #118007
Use time wisely, mindfully, you can’t buy it.
January 4, 2012 at 3:17 pm #118005
January 4, 2012 at 4:42 pm #118003
Similar to CREATE, I will focus on innovation in how we deliver govt services.
January 4, 2012 at 5:15 pm #118001
I will adapt yours- Innovate!
January 5, 2012 at 4:24 am #117999
my theme is to FOCUS, LET GO AND LET GOD !!!
January 11, 2012 at 4:36 am #117997
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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