Every year Chris Brogan posts his three words. He doesn't do a New Year's resolution, instead he works his goals around these three words or themes. He's not alone, others have taken the three words idea and expanded on it.
So what are my three words for 2012?
I want to grow. Grow my knowledge base, my education, my skills as a public speaker. How? I can grow my knowledge base in the maritime sector by taking advantage of the various certificate programs available at Lloyd's Maritime Academy or one of the many brick and mortar universities such as SUNY Maritime.
I can learn more about social media and the social media landscape by taking advantage of free (or nearly free) programs like Podcamp or Social Media Week.
Finally, I can increase my public speaking skills by rereading books like Presentation Zen, The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs, and taking another course with my favorite public speaking coaches, the team from Speaking for Results- Rande and Robert Gedaliah in New York City (they get it).
So, what does shrink mean? I want to do more than lose weight. I want to get fit, reduce my "size" and decrease my running times. If Peter Shankman can challenge himself and shrink (all on a crazier than normal schedule) than I can do it too. Oh, and I still want to run at least once with him (Peter, you can reach me here or here).
Now this may sound like an oxymoron. Didn't I just want to shrink? Well, I want to expand- expand my networks. I want to meet more people. I want to thank more people. I want to try and help more people. I do that through a variety of tools, both online and "off the grid". I use LinkedIn, mainly for professional and network building. But I go old school and write letters as well, so should you.
So what does 2012 hold for you? I hope it brings happiness, prosperity, and success. You deserve it.
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