My 3 Words for 2012

Following the footsteps of Chris Brogan, I’ve come up with 3 words instead of resolutions for the new year.

Rather than resolutions which tend to focus on a specific areas, these words represent broader themes that will help me define my goals and experiences for 2012.

Here are my three words for the year.


This is a word that is completely opposite of my natural tendencies. I don’t explore. I don’t get outside my comfort zone.

But this year I want to get off the couch/Internet and explore the diverseness of life. Create new memories, experience new sights and entertain new hobbies.


Not too long ago I asked a handful of people some feedback questions. One question was “What could I improve?”

This was the common thread.

I honestly feel like there is so much more to you then you ever let out.

You have a lot to offer. Sometimes it seems like you hold back…

It’s all true. And I don’t know why. Why I tend to shrink back. Not rise to my potential. Why I hide from embracing leadership responsibilities.

So the word “rise” is a charge to rise to my potential. Be on the offensive. Attack rather than retreat. Embrace the fear.


There are a lot of things I’d like to do in 2012. Explore life, rise to my potential, write two ebooks, develop a useful web app, etc.

All that requires discipline. The discipline to start, follow-through and finish. The discipline to show up every day regardless of feeling or motivation.

How about you? What words will be driving themes for you in 2012?

11 replies on “My 3 Words for 2012”

Great post Alex. This is an interesting theme. I will be praying for you in relation to these 3 areas.

For me – as I think about three words for 2012 – they would be:

Consistency – being consistent in all areas of my life

Move – not being stagnant

Encourage – pushing others forward with courage

Thanks Alex and there are some great comments here!

I know your blog is definitely an encouragement to others. So keep up the blog work in 2012 and I know you’ll crush that word. ;)

Discipline has always been something I have tired to do. Disciplined in personal growth, blogging, being a good friend and husband. Great perspectives on this post.

Yeah. I’m starting to see how critical having discipline is in all aspects of life. Seems like you can’t do anything worth doing without it.

Thanks for sharing! And letting me know I need to start regularly checking my spam comments. ;)

My word is OPEN, based on Matt 5:16 (The Message), “Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

Also, recently I was reminded by my pastor friend Dave Allgire that God calls all of us equally, but we respond differently. So I’ve been praying for the courage to OPEN my heart to God—for me, that means letting go of fear.

Thanks for an awesome and inspiring post, Alex!

Oooh, I like the imagery of that. “Keep open house.”

If you have an open house, I assume all the doors are open so fear can waltz right on out. ;)

*raises glass of Coke* Here’s to an OPEN 2012 for you!

Vikki the Fearless!

So crazy how much fear holds us back.

2012. You’re going to fear less!

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