Time. It’s a fleeting thing really. Something that there just never seems to be enough of. You can’t replace it once it’s passed by.
At the beginning of a new year, we often make resolutions or want to try new things. Sometimes, though, we decide that we just can’t because we don’t have enough time. Here’s the thing – very often we don’t need a lot of time. We just need to commit a moment here or there to begin practicing a new habit.
So the question is:
Can you find a few moments each day to practice a new habit?
This is something that I’m thinking about as we roll into 2013. I’m thinking about it for a bunch of reasons – work, family, life and for me. Yes for me. I would like to go through the year feeling that I’m less stretched, more thoughtful and increasingly more centred within myself. I know that creating new habits is a good way to support all of this.
It works like this:
Pick one thing to do consistently every day for a month. It can be something new you want to try, something you want to get better at or something you want to see if you can live without. Commit to doing this thing every day for that month no matter what, even when you don’t want to, even when it hurts, even when it sucks. The practice is the reward. Once the month is up, you’ll start your next thing. You may or may not want to continue the previous month’s practice longer if it’s working for you, however, you still need to introduce something new for the new month.
I found that I was fairly successful for much of the time and found that it impacted my approach to a lot of things. I practiced writing, generosity, less procrastination and a number of other things. So…when 2012 was ending I took note on Twitter that a few of the original folks who were part of#12er were still around and wanting to continue for 2013.
So there you have it. The habit I’m going to practice in January is to eat breakfast daily and to also spend some time being quiet each morning. I have decided that I’m going to this with the help of the 21 Day Meditation Challenge (not an affiliate link) as I think that it will make it easier for me to focus my mind on finding quiet with a little guidance. I’m also trying not to jump onto social media before I do these two things. Not always easy, but important I think.
As you can see from above, there are various kinds of habits to practice. You can eat fruit daily, you can schedule and plan or you can choose to jump off social media for 30 days. All great choices. Really, you can do anything you want. The point is to choose something that you want to practice, make a few moments for it and begin. Last year @Omaniblog shared a lot of ideas on Audioboo about the habits he was practising. For January of 2013 he has announced that he is going to read a poem a day in support of our friend AJ Leon.
Periodically I will provide updates here on the blog about the ways that practising habits are impacting my work and my life in 2013. I will also try and share some experiences from the broader #12er community as I think you might find that to be interesting too.
If you have a habit that you would like to practice for 2013 please join us. You can connect with the community on Twitter with the hashtag #12er
And so 2013 is now upon us. It’s a whole new year; starting with a brand new day. An opportunity for everything to begin one more time.
Today is your day…
- What does it mean to you?
- Have you set goals or resolutions that you want to work toward?
- What do you hope will be different this year?
- What have you deliberately left behind in 2012?
Take some time to be with yourself today. Balance your heart with your mind. Focus. Listen. Remember, so much of 2013 is within your power to shape.
Each year Chris Brogan writes about the 3 words that will help focus his goals and efforts for the upcoming year. Last year I chose clarity, focus and practice as my words. Looking back on 2012, I do believe those 3 simple words impacted and helped shape my year in some pretty amazing ways. So for 2013, I am going to do this great exercise one more time.
My 3 Words for 2013
Think – As much as I love to execute, I want to be sure that I remember that it is important to be thoughtful in my approach to things in my business and personal worlds. As the year gets moving, things will get busy. It always happens. Part of remembering to think is to ensure that I take time to plan and be strategic as often as I can. By thinking, I know that everything I ship will be that much better and more closely aligned with my vision.
Rejoice – There are so many things in life to celebrate. In 2013 I want to be sure that I take time to appreciate the beauty that surrounds me, the family that I have and the amazing friends and colleagues that contribute to making my life what it is. There are so many ways to rejoice….I want to practice them far more often – in little and big ways.
Be – To “be” is such a simple thing really; yet not really at all. In 2013, I want to be more mindful and learn to feel more at home with myself, my thoughts and my own company. I want to increasingly tap into the strength and power that comes from finding silence in my mind. I also want to “be” with others in the sense of better understanding the ways that I can be of value to the communities that I’m privileged to be part of. Additionally, I want to learn from others by simply “being” with them, by watching how they choose to “be” and by collaborating with them on the important things that have the power to do true good.
What 3 words will guide 2013 for you?
Trust me, that’s just not the case.
You are exactly right.
You are perfect – in your own, far from perfect way.
You can be the one to make a difference that truly matters.
You are just the right size. Small enough to be agile, smart enough to see what they can’t and powerful enough to make amazing things happen in the light of insurmountable odds.
He’s right you know. You are just right.
If you want to read more from AJ – make sure you download his manifesto. It will fill your heart and soul with everything good.
Stop questioning yourself.
Be the person you are meant to be. Remember – only YOU can be that person.
Don’t wait for anyone to give you permission – you already have it.
So – right now – today – go jump in the puddles and splash. Make big splashes and ripples that matter.
That’s all….go be the difference – in your work, for your friends, to your family and in the community. Go do good. I know you can.
A recent post from my friends at Change Agents in Ireland got me thinking even more about my online branding. The post suggested using the online tool Wordleto see the words that are used frequently on a website. I have used Wordle for various client projects in the past. I decided to give it a try on a few of my own sites. Below are the results, along with some brief thoughts as well.
This is what the Wordle for this website (www.boydjane.ca) looks like.
My thoughts on the results:
- My main intent for this site is that it provide an overview of the different types of work that I do. I see various components of this – but I’m not sure it is the total picture.
- The word relist shows up so much because of the amount of times I use List.ly to share lists of items. This really has nothing to do with my branding.
- I see the names of several others that I often write quite often. Clearly there are certain people that I seem to consistently write about.
- My own name stands out; this makes sense given I have built a lot of my branding around my name.
- The Wordle above is with 150 words. I decided to see what would happen if I expanded it to 400. Here are the results:
This is what the Wordle for 45 Conversations looks like:
My thoughts on the results:
- My main intent for this site is that it provide an overview of the services available through 45 Conversations and that it promote the various conversations that we hold.
- Some of the events that we have been working on seem to show up.
- I don’t see enough words related to the actual service offerings. I need to build this area out further.
This is what the Wordle for Early Learning Canada looks like:
My thoughts on the results:
- My main intent for this site is that it provide an overview of the services available through Early Learning Canada and to provide general information for ECE’s.
- This site is still very new, so there is not a lot of content to draw from.
- I like a lot of what I see – to me it seems fairly clear that there is a very specific target audience for this site.
- I would like to see more words showing up related to our product offerings. I think this will happen as that section of the site is built out further.
This is what the Wordle for Getting to Intentional looks like:
My thoughts on the results:
- My main intent for this site is that it provide a space for me to write my thoughts related to work, life and being intentional.
- I see many words that are common to my thinking; though I feel like there are some things still missing.
- This site is more personal and it seems that those are the types of words that are standing out.
So…how about you? What do the words on your website say about your branding?