I’m not quite sure where to start this post. I think I’ve rewritten this first paragraph about 10 times so far. I know where I want to go, but how to get there from here is the great question of the day.
Each year, many of us set out to make a new year’s resolution. Sometimes we fulfill that goal and sometimes we don’t. I can speak from experience on both sides of this coin. In January of 2011, I set out to change my lifestyle to a more healthier me. That last about a month. The gym where I was working out wasn’t the greatest and was unfriendly. I felt defeated and I was barely a month in to the new year. I didn’t see myself begin to fulfill that goal until May of that year when I started at a new gym and met so many great people. Their support pushed me through the last two and a half years to where I am today.
When I sat down to decide what this year’s resolution was going to be, I was kind of struggling between a few different things. A few weeks ago, my friend Marc, who writes for, and is the podcast host of “The Conversation Hub”, began talking about his Three Words for 2014. I remembered reading about his change to the three words last year, so I went back to read the post again.
After reading the blog post from last year, and talking with some friends around town, a bunch of us have decided to do away with the resolution, and move toward the three words. Just as Marc stated, I think by selecting three words, it will better help guide me through the year, rather than a one off goal. It will also really help me focus through 2014.
This afternoon, a group of us from town are getting together to announce our words to each other. This blog post will go up about the same time I’m meeting with my friends to announce our words.
So, let’s not wait any longer. Let’s get to it.
My first word is Consistency.
“For changes to be of any true value, they’ve got to be lasting and consistent.” ~ Anthony Robbins
For me, consistency revolves around my fitness goals. Have I maintained, sure. This last summer I competed in four 1/2 marathons, countless 5k’s and participate in the MS 150, a 150 mile bike ride from Duluth to the Twin Cities. That can be consistent, but after my last half marathon in October in Mankato, I decided to take a break for a bit.
The definition of consistency is the achievement of a level of performance that does not vary greatly in quality over time. After last summer, I was sore all over and thought I needed a rest after a busy summer. That time off, broke my consistency. I still taught kettle bell class at AFC and participated in several classes through Get Fit in Hutchinson, but I lacked the consistency I had before. Now that we’ve had snow and downright bitter cold, my running hasn’t been as frequent.
So between forcing myself out in to the cold to run, and fitness classes, I want to gain my consistency back that I had this summer.
This was the easiest word to do.
Second word is Courage.
Courage to do the big things and courage to follow through on the little things.
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” – Maya Angelou
When you think about it, we are all looking for courage. Large or small, it takes a moment of courage to step out and do something different.
Having the courage to step out and do something that you may not be comfortable with can be a real challenge for someone who hasn’t been used to it.
Courage plays such a large role in what we do in life. To step out of our comfort zones and really step up, can be tough.
This year, courage for me is happening in two ways.
The first is having the courage to try new things. I’m not that big in to trying new things. From food to “experiences”, I tend to go with things I already know about.
While this may not seem all that big, but there are a few things I want to get better at, and it will take courage to do it.
The first is already happening with our new senior living communities. While they are set to open in 2014, it took some courage to become part of this group and move it forward. I am really excited about the possibilities that these new communities hold. There are other projects to be worked on, and each of those instances will take courage to make the necessary changes.
I want to teach my boys about having courage in the face of adversity. The courage to stand up for what they believe in, the courage to do what’s right, even if that means it won’t be popular. While there are great kids out there, I don’t feel as if people stand up for what they believe is right. When someone gets picked on or bullied in school, who has the courage to stand up to those kids and say it isn’t right?
The second part of courage also comes through in part of my third word, which is Community.
“In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.” - Marianne Williamson
I pondered on this for the last couple of weeks. It wasn’t until recently that it actually came to me, and I’m going to borrow from my friend Marc on this one.
My community involvement over the past year has grown. I’ve been able to participate in a bunch of awesome projects through the city and through the chamber of commerce. This year, I want to try and give something back. In December 2014, a group of photographer friends and I are going to participate in Help-Portrait, right here in our own city.
Help-Portrait is a community of photographers who come together across the world to use their photography skills to give back to their local community. In December, photographers around the world will be grabbing their cameras, finding people in need and taking their picture. When the prints are ready, the photographs get delivered. As the website says, it’s about giving photographs, not taking them.
Here’s a quick video to explain more of what I’m talking about.
Every time I see the video, I get more excited to do this project.
After talking with a few of my photography friends who’ve participated in this program, I am really excited about making this a reality here in our own town.
This is going to be a huge project to undertake. I’m going to need help in pulling it off, but I am determined to make it work.
So there you have it. My three words for 2014 are: Consistency; Courage, and Community.
With all of that in mind, what are you going to do this year? A new year’s resolution, or Three Words? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Happy New Year everyone!