2013 was the best year of my life by far. I have two dreams I hope will be fulfilled in 2014 – one personal, one professional – but I’m going to keep those tucked inside my own head. There are, however, things I want to share, both personally and professionally that I’ll be working on in 2014 so you’ll hold me accountable and support me if appropriate. In previous years I followed Chris Brogan’s Three Words concept, but decided to take a different spin on it this year.
- faith. I’m going through a very personal transformation spiritually. It’s been an amazing and overwhelming ride, but I am excited to be on this journey. I’ve made some new friends and am reading lots of new stuff as a result.
- patience. This ties directly to my faith, but is such a strong focus for me this year I thought it deserved its own paragraph. In this digital age of NOW and instant gratification, it’s often hard for me to slow down, be patient and let things work out on a schedule that is not mine to create.
- health. I’m doing really well health-wise. My weight isn’t where I’d prefer it to be, but it’s in a better place than it had been. It is more important to me now that I am healthy, rather than obsess about the number on the scale or on my clothes. I spent the fall semester with a personal trainer two times per week through a great program I joined at work. Although my trainer is off to Florida for an internship for the first half of the spring, I’m going to be assigned a new one while he’s away and hoping to increase our schedule to three times per week. I also need to work on my motivation to go to they gym to work out on my own even when I don’t have a personal training appointment. I’m going to continue the major shift I began last May – no processed/chemical-laden food, largely plant-based, clean eating, and local meats whenever possible.
- worry less. lots less. It’s so easy to say that. It’s so difficult to put into practice. My whole life I’ve been a worry wort. My grandfather told me I inherited his sour stomach. I make myself physically ill when I worry – which is far more often than I’d care to admit so publicly. As my friend Robin said in her blog post yesterday, “what’s going to happen will happen whether I obsess about the possibilities or not.” I totally know this logically. It’s the emotional part of me I’ll be working on lots in 2014. I know it’s not going to happen over night, and is going to tie heavily back into the previous three areas of work I mentioned – faith, patience and for my health.
- leadership. Every leader can grow to be an even stronger, more effective leader. I’m starting off the year in a week-long leadership academy our human resources office coordinates. I’m hoping to learn a lot of new tools and techniques, as well as become even more self-aware of my weaknesses that I can work on throughout the year.
- value. I will be working on ways to continue to show the value I can provide my organization and my colleagues. I will evaluate everything* I do with a simple question as a litmus test for whether it deserves my attention: “Will I be able to show my value by working on this task/project/issue?”
* Sometimes politics play a role and it won’t always be my choice… but sometimes that may show my value as well.
- sharing knowledge. I was asked to chair CASE’s annual conference on marketing and branding. I’m pulling together a world-class faculty that I know will be able to deliver an outstanding program to attendees. This will be an area of focus for me for the first half of the year. I will continue to evaluate speaking opportunities at industry conferences where I can share my experiences and have the opportunity to continue to network with and learn a lot from other attendees as well.
- growing knowledge. I have so much lined up to read in Pocket and a mound of books and magazines on my desk. I will be working on organizing and prioritizing the areas I want to focus on – the core of which I expect to be around ROI for marketing efforts.
I’m a work in progress. We all are. If you’re reading this, we’ve probably interacted once or a hundred times. You know I haven’t blogged much in recent years and this is a very rare and rather personal post. I thank you for spending your very precious time in reading about me and the things I want to work on this year. I hope you’ll share with me what your plans are for the year and how I can best support you as well, and keep me accountable. Wishing you great blessings in the year ahead.