Road to Joy

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Based on Chris Brogan's annual 3 Words challenge, I’ve finalized my 3 words for 2012.  I’ve myself only recently become aware of this exercise, so for those of you who may not be familiar, Mr. Brogan puts forth the challenge to not adopt a New Year’s resolution, but to instead decide upon and embrace three words to help shape one’s goals, challenges, successes, and experiences during the coming year.

Inspired.  Like many others, when I’m inspired by someone or something, I buy in completely and give the person or effort at hand my complete attention.  In 2012, I will aim to be inspired, even if that means looking beneath the surface and digging deep to find inspiration.  I hope that my efforts to be inspired will in turn help me act in an inspired manner - that the semi-passive state of being inspired will motivate and invigorate the active state of acting inspired.

Present.  It’s never good to be known as the person in the corner with her face in her iPhone.  In 2012, I will rein in my habit of being, and even my need to feel, digitally connected so that I can more personally and authentically connect with those with whom I spend time.  Now, I am not so naive to think that my nighttime practice of tap-tap-tapping away on my laptop or tablet will entirely disappear.  But, I hope that I can more judiciously select when, where, and with whom to do so.

Joy.  I was struggling for a third word - after all, there are so many choices.  In the end, the answer was, quite literally, staring me in the face, in the form of the title of this blog: Road to Joy.  Joy can come from many sources, including the relief that comes from simplifying parts of one’s life; the satisfaction of achieving success in personal or shared goals; and the pleasure of feeling gratitude toward a person or situation.  In 2012, I will observe and practice the joy associated with things and actions large and small, and will regularly share these observations and practices through weekly posts captioned “Friday Joy.”

Three words: Inspired.  Present.  Joy.  Here I go.

What are your 3 words for 2012?

Chris Brogan consults, speaks, and writes about topics including business communications, online community, and social media.  Read about Mr. Brogan’s 3 Words for 2012 here.