At the end of December I took a tech-free day to write, think, process how 2016 went, and explore my vision for 2017. The first part of this day was shoveling snow, truly a tech-free event, as we had about 14 inches of very wet snow. This delayed my mini-retreat by two hours but I did get my upper body workout in 🙂
As career coaches and practitioners, we can provide better services when we slow down and take time to think, prepare, create, and be mindful of each moment. We serve our clients best when we are in the moment with them. I strongly encourage you to consider a tech-free day. Mine typically starts at 8am and ends around 5pm.
The first thing I worked on was coming up with my 3 words to guide me in 2017, inspired by Chris Brogan who has done this for over 10 years. I then moved to my budget, online seminar offerings, business plan review, and finally to my short and long range “to do” list. One thing I decided on this retreat is that I want to do a tech-free day every month. Last year I had three tech-free days spread throughout the year, plus a 100 mile backpacking trip that was completely tech-free and cleansing. Each time I discovered a renewed sense of purpose. I need to do this more.
I find that life just keeps getting faster and ever more filled with technology creating a sense of being busy. You have to choose down-time daily to take control over this busyness and regain a more peaceful and thoughtful routine. I’m thinking about this a lot as I will be speaking on March 2nd in Brunswick Maine for the first “To Live For” Evening of Stories and Music where I will talk about ‘Taking 10’ minutes daily to regain our lives. I also had a conference proposal accepted by National Career Development Association on a similar topic for the June annual conference.
Last year my 3 words were Health, Mindfulness, and Focus and I printed these words off and had them posted on my refrigerator, computer, photocopier, and put it in all my presentation handouts I did this year. These were constant reminders of what I decided were important words to guide my business and personal life. Constantly reflecting on these 3 words helped me to take action that supported one or all of them. It also helped me to say “no” to things that did not fit with the issues that were important to me. I can only hope that my 3 words for this year do the same.
MY 3 WORDS FOR 2017
Wellness. “The quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of being deliberative.”
This word will guide me both personally and professionally as I am constantly working on my personal health and also focusing on the health of Peak-Careers Consulting. Although I had “health” as a word in 2016, I feel that “wellness” is broader, more holistic, and intentional. I am devoting daily time to meditation, quiet time, and recently started doing “Chi Gong” a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for health, and spirituality.
Intentional. “Deliberate, carefully weighed or considered, studied.”
My philosophy of career development is based on embracing ‘intentional serendipity’ – that you must take actions and be intentional and then be ‘open to discovering something by accident’. So this word ‘intentional’ really feels right. I want to be more intentional this year on reaching out to my network, carving time out daily for journaling and meditation, and also to being deliberate about being with friends and family for social time.
Authentic. “True to one’s own personality, spirit, or character.”
If I remain true to myself, I will do the things I want, and I will have a fulfilling life. (Inspired from Richard Leider’s Life Reimagined book). Staying true to what Peak-Careers Consulting is, will help me move forward in 2017. Peak-Careers provides practical content for career practitioners with a strong dialogue being the driving force. When I write, I try to write from my heart and to give practical useful information for career practitioners.
What drives me is the fact I want to do the greatest good for the greatest number of people. In my personal life, being authentic means that I will continue to stay positive, maintain my sense of humor, and to continue to care for my family and loved ones.
Have you worked on your 3 words?
If so, can you share your 3 words for 2017 here?
If not…why not give it a try?
Read my 2016 blog on *My 3 Words in 2016. Health. Mindfulness. Focus.
Read Chris Brogans blog on his 3 Words for 2017.
Jim Peacock is the Principal at Peak-Careers Consulting and writes a weekly email for career practitioners. Peak-Careers offers discussion-based online seminars for career practitioners focused on meeting continuing education needs for CCSP, GCDF and BCC certified professionals as well as workshops for career practitioners and individual career coaching.
He is the author of A Field Guide for Career Practitioners: Helping Your Clients Create Their Next Move and the recipient of the 2020 Kenneth C. Hoyt Award from the National Career Development Association.
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