Three Words To Define Your Year

I’m back with gusto to writing Possums! All because of three words which have inspired me to make 2019 awesome. Read on for the magic…..

2018 was good, but tough. Frantically busy, ‘successful’ first half. Reflection, soul-searching, recalibration in the second. In looking for inspiration to channel energies into 2019, I stumbled upon this razor-sharp idea. It will ensure I keep strong and on track as the grind unfolds. It will for you too. Start by imagining this – it’s the last day of this year….

What three words do you want your ‘community’ to use to describe you and your impact on them in 2019?

Just three words.

When your clients, colleagues, friends, family are asked: “Hey – in three words, how would you describe your experience of (insert your name) this year?” what would you want them to say?

I started by coming up with a long list. Then narrowed it down to the three words that, if these were used by my world to describe my 2019 impact on them, then I’d be thrilled to bits. It’s my higher purpose for 2019. Have a read, then have a crack at nailing your three words…and please, share with me if you want! Here are mine.


Remember, I am NOT claiming to be these three attributes. I am after all weak. Selfish, self-centred, fearful, a touch paranoid, resentful on occasion, flirting with a robust ego often. It’s the human condition!

I am though setting them as my goals – how I want to impact others and be perceived once these 12 months are done.

* Inspiring – I want my community to feel I helped lift their optimism, enthusiasm, energy, hearts. That time spent with me helped lift spirits, and gave a dollop of ‘hope.’ We all need that ‘yes we can get there’ and ‘yes it can be better’ injection every now and then. Sometimes I know I will be tough, pushy, persistent, irritating, uncomfortable, distracted. But I will work hard to try to leave a legacy this year of being a positive force, helping others achieve more.
* Generous – I want to be seen as being ‘giving’ …. of my time, interest, passion, ideas, intent. I want my world to feel I was focused on them and their success and happiness, not my own. I want to go ‘the extra step’ with all the key people in my life, doing that little ‘extra’ to make them feel special, cared for, valued, loved.
* True – I want to be viewed as genuine, authentic, reliable, constant, steadfast. I want my world to have experienced someone who does what they say they will do, who keeps confidences tight, who is available, and who ’does the right thing, always.’

Now, like a recovering alcoholic who wants to be able to say on the last day of the year that he or she did not have a drink all year, I fully appreciate that achieving my ‘three word’ goal will not be easy.

I am though going to use these three words as my compass point. They are my homepage, printed out and stuck on my desk, a ‘reminder’ daily in my electronic calendar. I’ll give it a go. And I’m kicking off with this Possums post – the first of at least 12 for the year. Hopefully, providing some inspiration… and a step in building a perception of generosity of time and energy.

What about you? What are those three aspirational words you would select for your year?

Give it a go. It has helped me get started with a clear purpose for me for the year.

PS Thanks to Eliza Parry at M&C Saatchi for the idea!

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14 Responses to Three Words To Define Your Year

  1. David Pring January 24, 2019 at 7:32 pm #

    Great stuff Chris, and welcome back, have missed the regular doses of inspiration, honesty and challenge.

    You might also say you wish to “Serve” others through “Inspiration” with”Generosity and the “Truth” (sometimes uncomfortable/brutal).

    I am thinking about: Vulnerability, Courage and Vision

    Best wishes for the year ahead, and beyond.

    • Chris Savage January 27, 2019 at 11:47 am #

      Thanks so much David. Appreciate the ideas. I love the ‘serve’ concept. ‘Courage’ too. Chris Savage

    • Martina January 29, 2019 at 6:33 pm #

      Great to have you back Chris and on top form!

      • Chris Savage January 30, 2019 at 1:58 pm #

        Thanks Martina…. appreciated.

  2. Claire Russell (Park) January 25, 2019 at 9:57 am #

    Very inspiring Chris. Well done you. I will try. Three words yes? Need to think! Claire

    • Chris Savage January 25, 2019 at 5:12 pm #

      Thanks Claire. Appreciated.

  3. Tony Spencer-Smith January 25, 2019 at 10:00 am #

    Great to have you back Chris. If anyone can achieve that three word goal this year, it is you! i just wish more business people had those values, rather than just a grim pursuit of ego satisfaction and wealth.

    • Chris Savage January 25, 2019 at 5:13 pm #

      Thank you Tony- appreciated. Hope all is good with you. Chris

  4. Elly Clark January 30, 2019 at 6:06 pm #

    Love the idea Chris and I would disagree with you, I think you already are the 3 words you’ve listed. Now it’s my turn…

    • Chris Savage January 31, 2019 at 5:00 pm #

      Aaaaaah. Thanks Elly. That’s one of the many reasons why you are one of my favourite people!!

  5. Ross Clennett February 1, 2019 at 7:42 pm #

    Loved this, Chris. I look forward to more Possums in 2019. For those wanting to explore this concept’ further I recommend you read this recent blog of Chris Brogan the acknowledged originator of the concept. Chris provides excellent guidance in how you could usefully approach this concept yourself.

    • Chris Savage February 11, 2019 at 4:59 pm #

      Thanks Ross- I will read with great interest!! Chris

  6. Tina February 17, 2019 at 10:26 pm #

    Fantasic way to start a year. My new year always starts 1 March – I spend Jan and Feb mulling over, distilling, chewing on and testing for committment the ideas I have for the coming year….. I really like this way of focusing outcomes. We did it in our business last year -the three R’s …roll out, retention, research…. and produced the most amazing results ..I’m going to give this a bash.

    • Chris Savage February 25, 2019 at 12:06 pm #

      Thanks Tina- a good idea to use it too for a business. Had not thought of that! Chris

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