HNYTYAY – 3 words for 2019

“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.” ― Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

If you haven’t worked out what the acronym is, it is “Happy New Year to You and Yours”. At this time of year, with the holiday period over and many people returning to work, it is a kind way, plus an interesting way, to wish someone a good year to come.

At this time of year, many people think of New Year’s resolutions:- losing weight; giving up smoking; stopping drinking; giving up meat; starting an exercise regime; learning a new language; starting a sport; travelling to new places; getting a new job; getting a new qualification; you name it. There are even lists of the more extreme and unusual resolutions, just try googling “unusual new year’s resolutions” to see some strange ones.

If you look at the list above, every activity is something physical. Now, take a moment and check out what was on your own New Year’s resolution list (if you have one that is)? I bet everything you have thought of or are putting in place are physical activities. Now, there is nothing wrong with physical activity, as you can track, measure and often see the results.  

How about something more thought-provoking? Something within yourself?

What I have been practising for a number of years, was something that I was introduced to by a blogger and marketer, Chris Brogan. If you would like to check out Chris’s 3 words for 2019, check out his latest blog:-

I have been following him since 2008 and have been trying, sometimes successfully, and sometimes not, practice the “3-word model” as a way to focus my activities, thoughts and outcomes for a year. As Chris calls it, these are “… lighthouses. Should I say yes to this project? Well, does this align with my three words?”

Too often we get caught up in the complexity of life, rather than the simplicity that a word or a series of words can bring to your daily activities and world in general. These words are memory triggers, something that you will be able to remember quickly once you have chosen them. Some of the guidelines that I have followed include:

  • Use a single word. Don’t make it a phrase. You won’t remember it and a single word is far more powerful.
  • Stick with the 3 words all year. Consistency is key to making this memory trigger work. I write them in front of the new notebook that I start at the beginning of the year. Yes, a new notebook for the start of the year. It gives me a fresh start feeling.
  • The word should be something that is actionable, rather than just trite (hackneyed and meaning nothing).
  • The words should have meaning to you personally and not something you think other people would expect from you.

So what are my 3 words for this year?

They are, in no particular order:- Zoom, Pausing, Touch

For me, “Zoom” means zooming in to focus on a particular task, something that mindfulness gives you the ability to do. It also gives you the ability to zoom out and gain a broader perspective.

Secondly, “Pausing” means taking the time to pause, to reflect, not to jump into conversations, arguments or issues quickly. I have a phrase that I try to follow “Pause, Reflect, Act” and this lends itself to this. It is a doing word, so continues the theme of movement from zoom.

Finally, “Touch”. Take the time to touch the world and not just gloss over it, rushing from one moment to the next. Take the time to connect to nature and the world around me.

Before the world picks up speed as we return to non-holidays, why not take a moment to sit and think about the 3 words that hold meaning for you this year. Why not share them?

I leave you with the following quote which made me smile.  

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ― Leo Buscaglia

My 3 words for 2017

As we recover from the celebrations of New Year’s eve and come to the start of 2017, people all over the world are writing lists of goals for the year or thinking about resolutions for personal change for the year. All too often, these fall by the wayside within the first few weeks of the year. I’ll blog about how to make changes you want to achieve stick, later on this year.

However, for the past few years, I have followed a slightly different path, as recommended by Chris Brogan. He is a business strategist; author of 9 books and works with some of the biggest global brands. He uses a “3 word” approach to setting goals and to help set a pathway for the year.

As he says; “We choose three words so that you can use them for triangulation. One word seems to fade away from our memory too quickly. Two words sets our brain up to think of “this or that” kinds of logic. Three words gives us a way to think about the situations in our lives from many dimensions.”

So what are my 3 words for 2017 and what do they mean to me?

Embrace – 2017 is going to be a year of change, both at work and personally. I know it and rather than be a passenger, I need to embrace the changes, hence the word

Write – Thanks to my brother who suggested it; this year, I aim to write every day. Maybe, just short notes to myself. Perhaps a diary of events. Or poetry, prose or just my thoughts. I aim to continue to post blogs every week, with the goal to post on a Monday.

Pilates – I was going to choose “Balance” as my third word, thinking about trying to create a more balanced view of my life, but I already feel I am moving in that direction. Instead, I want to get much fitter and more flexible. For example, I have never been able to touch my toes! I was introduced to pilates by a dear friend at work and have been trying it out over Christmas and have enjoyed the exercise. 

So there we go. I’ll check in on progress in a month’s time and let you know how I am doing.

To check out Chris Brogan and his 2017 3 words, go to:




January 2015 – My 3 Words

As January 2015 starts, I think to myself what do I want to achieve this year? What do I want to focus on and where will my life’s journey take me. So thinking about all of this, my three words are:

Mindful – my aim of continuing to practice every day mindfulness, mindful movement, mindful breadth and mindful thought and action.

Learn – Use this year to learn new skills and abilities, especially in the counselling and hypnotherapy arena.

Enjoy – Enjoy the moments with the family, friends and colleagues.

What are your 3 words for 2015?


Three Focal Words for 2014

My three focal words for 2014 are:

Zone – every day I will create, write and put myself into the creation zone. Whether this is typing, writing or via the spoken word

Live – have a life style that benefits both myself and my loving family. Simplicity and caring for others.

Laugh – craft laughs both at work and at play. After all we all have to have fun.

What are your words for 2014? With many thanks to Chris Brogan for starting this for me back in 2010…. to check his out.