After reading my career industry colleague, Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter,’s response to Chris Brogan’s 3 word challenge for the new year, I started thinking maybe this should be the year I add my 3 Words into the mix. Jacqui’s deliberate way of looking at life is so motivating. (By the way, deliberate was one of Jacqui’s words in 2013.) I wanted my three words to be the ones I was already starting to ponder as I enter into yet another year of life and business.
I continually work at goals throughout each year and by the end of last year was exciting looking forward to making changes and improvements in processes and business. My Three Words fit this goal.
My Three Words for 2014
Consistency: One of the areas I am really working on this year and going forward is developing consistency. For me, I need to find ways to not just start something but keep it going. There is a lot on my plate but by figuring out new processes for Design Resumes and not letting things get stuck I should be able to deliver the consistency I am looking for in my life. I start one thing and might be going great guns but then something comes up and I drop the ball to move onto the next thing. I am looking for consistency in organization, in choosing a healthy lifestyle, nutrition, and exercise, in maintaining my home, in writing blog posts, in gardening, caring for my dog, Buddy, and basically everything else.
Follow-up: My three words are closely aligned. One of the short falls of my business has always been in client follow-up. Part of it is easier since many of my clients are connected on social media and email and I do hear back. But I want to standardize my follow-up process for clients much like I standardized the intake process. Follow-up then reaches into other areas of my life. Following up on friends, following up on new ideas, following up on everything.
Focus: Staying close to my other two words, my third word is focus. When you run your own business as a solo entrepreneur, it is easy to get distracted. For 2014, I want to intensify my focus so that I can accomplish more in a shorter period of time. By getting distracted by the demands of other things around me as well as the continuously changing client base, I just need to hone in and focus. Jacqui has this word too. For me, it has been a continuous battle to the extent that I have been know to say on Facebook or Twitter, someone tell me to FOCUS! I am sure Jacqui can relate.
There you have it – my three words for 2014. In the near future, you will see other posts that take my three words and relate them to jobseekers.
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