My 3 Words for 2019Dawn Kotzer
See the clothesline?
Perfectly reflecting my 3 words for 2019 in a fun, curious way, it seemed a good way to pin my hopes to the new year.
Many people choose one word for the year.
For me, one is not enough. I’ve found the 3 word process gives me more flexibility and a broader view. Especially during tough, uncertain times, my 3 words for the year can be reminders, guidance, anchors, prompts and fuel for follow-through action.
Back to the photo. took this photo years ago when prepping for an art show. When writing this post, it popped up in my files and seemed to best capture the essence of my 3 words for 2019.
Structure. Amplify. Taproot.
See the clothesline? More function than beauty, I can trust it to handle whatever I hang on it. It is sturdy, adaptive and just a little bit wonky. Built to weather highs, lows, storms and calm, it reminds me that I work best with a Structure that ingeniously supports my creative soul, doing meaningful work without hanging myself out to dry. ( I couldn’t resist. ^..^~ )
See the Art? Like birds on a wire, it brings a smile. But it’s the wonder & physics of watercolour that’s really in play here. One light touch of pigment to the water on the page and Boom! I amplify colour. I amplify joy. I amplify expression.
Amplify pushes my vulnerability button. Big Time. It asks me to expand the edges of my comfort zone. It challenges me to start, fail, try again, repeat, act, follow through and grow. It demands I show up and put my stuff out there.
And Taproot? This clothesline can handle a lot because it’s deeply rooted, well grounded. It’s long central rod is like a taproot. Sometimes growing as deep as 8′, taproots bite their way through rough soil and clay in search of nutrients. It often looks like nothing much is happening on the surface. Don’t be fooled. Taproots instinctively anchor themselves to existing terrain to ensure stability and natural, adaptive, sustainable, above ground thrive-ability.
As the root grows so grows the crown.
To show up in my life as a grounded, adaptive, nutrient rich growth being who quietly has more going on than meets the eye is meaningful to me.
Keen to give it a go yourself? Great.
Here is the why, how and what of my process. I modified what I learned from Chris to make it my own and you can too.
Why would 3 words be more helpful than one?
In a word… triangulation. Chris Brogan first created the 3 word process in 2006. I learned about it from him in 2011.
He lightly touched on this idea of map making. Map making? I was hooked.
Triangulation gives us reference points, helping us see where we are, where we’ve been and where we’re aiming.
Our 3 words can be those markers, giving us a far more robust, comprehensive picture of our situation.
How do you choose? each word
– is familiar to you.
– offers a range of interpretation.
– is useful and adaptive.
– prompts questions/inner inquiry.
– takes more than one word to explain.
What do they do? Each word should:
– expose your challenges.
– get you started. Grow. Expand to the edges of your comfort zone.
– prompt questions.
– act like a lighthouse, a beacon anchored on a foundation of meaningful values/goals.
And for me I like a least one word to-
– makes me smile, feel curious and fuels a lighter groove as needed.
– recognize my vulnerability. Vulnerability begets humility and courage. For me, that’s a good thing.
When I’m stuck, I use each word as a prompt asking myself questions like:
Does this option feel shackles on or shackles off?
Does my gut instinct feel intact?
UH-OH… where might my BS ego stirring the pot?
Earlier this month I was heavy into resistance.
I’d set up a My 3 Words Face Book Live and was slowly talking myself into opting out.
So I used my words to get me through the uncertainty and into a better groove.
Structure helped me deliver information and interact with the participants. Amplify helped me remain present when vulnerability crept in. And Taproot? It kept me stable yet flexible as I dug deep and used my strengths to show up as myself.
My 3 Words offered me choice, action, clarity and follow through. And I had fun, too.
Perhaps you choose 3 words too. Maybe one works perfectly for you or maybe this is all new to you.
I’d love to hear your take. Share thoughts and comments here or drop me a line.
I’m Dawn Kotzer– living below a hill, below a hill in the almost wilderness Saskatchewan. Martha Beck Life Coach, Master Creativity Coach, Inner Wilderness Guide, artist and curiosity hound, my aim is to help people move beyond uncertainty and bring their ambitions to life with shine & soul-satisfying success.