Chris Brogan - 3 words:
He uses 3 words as guideposts for his efforts the coming year. Each word works as a placeholder for a larger idea he wants to focus on to improve. The important thing is that one pick words that make you feel something rather than catchy, meaningless buzzwords. Read more here:
Ali Edwards - One Little Word:
If choosing three words seems daunting to you, why not just make it one word. Again, it has to be something meaningful to you personally. Use it as a lens to see view your world in 2014. Read about Ali's words here:
Leo Babauta - Just Wing It:
Who needs goals at all! Blogger and minimalist Leo Babauta used to be very goal oriented but eventually decided to live a life without goals. Read about his journey here:
James Clear - Focus on the journey, not the destination:
What if instead of focusing on what goals you want to achieve, you looked at the steps it would take to get you there? Take a simple habit and make that something you do everyday. It much less taunting, and you'll probably be successful in reaching your goal anyway! Check out this article on Entrepreneur for more:
The Personal Cynefin:
I'll end with a shameless plug for an experiment I've been doing this past year in place of arbitrary goal-setting. The Cynefin framework is a way to make sense of what's going on in your life and naturally allowing possibilities emerge to action on. According to the nature of these opportunities your next steps might be experimentation or consulting an expert. This idea is still in its infancy, but you can read the posts I wrote about it last year to get a feel for how it works and contact me if you have questions or want to try it yourself.
Part 1: Intro
Part 2: Narrative
Part 3: Mapping
Part 4: Wrap-up
Hopefully, I've given you plenty of alternatives to the same-old, unsuccessful New Year's resolutions that now over half of us don't even bother doing. The important thing is to stop setting idealistic goals. Instead, start with where you are, make sense out it, and take action on the opportunities to present themselves. If I've nudged you just a little to say "No" to the status quo this year, I'm happy to have helped. Which idea seems the most promising to you?