Words to live by for the next 12 months: What are yours?


I am sick of reading claims hyping me to “have my best year ever.” FYI: The trend of “best year ever” was originated more than a decade ago by the late, great Jim Rohn. His seminars were earth shattering and life changing — and he has inspired many, albeit lesser, duplicators.

Rohn’s seminars should have been titled: “Have your best LIFE ever.”

What about your needs and desires this year?

Let me ask you a few questions about what you’re intending and hoping to do:

  • How are you expecting this year to be for you?
  • What are your immediate (within 30 days) goals?
  • What are your present hopes and dreams?
  • What are your genuine intentions to make your goals, hopes and dreams a reality?
  • What’s your game plan to ensure success?

Success concept: What three or four words, and associated actions, could you come up with as a guiding light to help you stay focused and on track to get you there? Not to have “your best year ever,” rather, have a great year. A fulfilling year. A profitable year. A healthy year. A happy year. A year of wander, wonder and fun.

Many people, like my almost sister-in-law and blogger extraordinaire Ali Edwards (www.aliedwards.com), pick one word to focus on for the entire year. Her word this year is “open.” She focuses blog posts and actions around the word. The process works.

I believe that picking a few meaningful words that apply to your vision will help you take directed actions. Words you can post in plain sight that will keep you in the groove of daily achievement. Key words that you burn into your psyche so your goals become your driving force. Not just words on a paper, but rather beacons of understanding, determination and intentions. Ever-mindful, laser-focused, bright light.

Here are my 3.5 words for 2013. I hope they inspire you to think about and select yours:

1. Write

Write every day. Tweet every day. Post every day. I have been writing almost every day for the past 21 years. Why should I let up now? This year I will publish at least two e-books and one major hardbound book (also available on Kindle and iBook). I will write 52 new weekly columns and post a variety of new ideas and thoughts both in text and in video. I selected the word write for 2.5 basic reasons:

1. It has been and continues to be the core of my success. Every penny I have earned since March 23, 1992 (when my first column appeared in print), I can trace back to something I wrote. Writing has provided me with both purpose and process, both discipline and drive, both achievement and attraction, both success and fulfillment, and both lessons and legacy.

2. Writing is the one thing I have encouraged every reader and seminar attendee to do for the past decade. Writing will help establish you both in brand and in reputation.

2.5 One innovation helping me significantly is Dragon Dictate for Mac. I’m using it right now. It’s not just amazing; it’s also a miracle. I’m increasing my speed of writing productivity by more than 50 percent while still maintaining perfect thought flow and expression. NOTE: The end of the keyboard is not yet upon us, but it is clearly within sight.

2. Finish 

Finish what I start. I have more projects and opportunities than I can say grace over. I intend to see each one through to fruition (not just completion).

In my experience, there are very few things more frustrating than the mental nag of a project undone. I’m speaking for myself and challenging myself at the same time that I’m speaking to you and challenging you.

Finish what you start. It sounds so simple, yet time seems to fly away during the course of a day, a week, a month, or a year.

The process I try to employ is that of “time allocation.” Rather than manage my time (something I have always found both impossible and improbable), I will allocate 30-minute time segments to projects and tasks in order to ensure I have allotted time for completion.

3. Shape

This is, by far, my most difficult word. It has several connotations.

1. Get in shape: this year for sure (even though I said that least year and the year before). There’s a fundamental link between physical well being and mental freedom to create. My intention this year is to put them in balance and harmony.

2. Shape up: There are several aspects of business and life that need shaping and re-shaping. They range from organization to money to personal skills to relationships to sales.

3. Shape the future. My age now demands I make plans that include me and exclude me. Succession is not just a word or a plan; it’s also a reality.

These are three huge elements in leadership, life and quality of living. I’m taking personal responsibility for both actions and outcomes.

3.5 YES!

YES! is the ultimate attitude word, thought, reaction, response, expression of joy, expression of achievement and recovery. It’s dedication to positive thought, expression, transference of message and resilience. YES! must envelop all thoughts at all times in order to focus on the positive side of “what if …”

NOTE: I have posted my words for the year on my bathroom mirror. This way I face them twice a day. Post yours.

Jeffrey Gitomer’s website, www.gitomer.com, has information about training and seminars, or email him personally at salesman@gitomer.com.

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