My Three Words for 2013

By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter

Hannah Morgan at Career Sherpa asked me what my three words are. She was referring to Chris Brogan’s “My 3 words for 2013” post, and I took the challenge. Below are my chosen words. I hope I ‘got them right.’ This is a new exercise for me!

1. Deliberate: Do things consciously and intentionally. Carefully weigh and consider commitments, professionally and personally. Once I’ve committed, be positively, energetically and thoughtfully proactive in delivering fully, with gusto on my commitments.

2. Revive: Revive and act upon latent goals: be a more prolific personal blogger; create a more zen and cared-for personal and work space; read more outside of business.

3. Relationships: Be a better, more detailed and proactive wife as well as more tuned-in and active friend and colleague.

As well, my New Year’s post spoke to my 13 vows for 2013, “Creating Striations: Defining 2013.” Deliberating on this post, I focused in on 13 areas of my life I envision improving upon in actionable, planful ways throughout the next 12 months. Some helpful tools and personal resources to help track my action include white boards, a daily journal, an electronic calendar and accountability partners, including my husband and best friend, Rob.

Further, I have employed a new Desktop Task Timer, which my friend, Alicia Arenas wrote about in her post, “My Ultimate Productivity Tool,” to keep me more deliberate in my schedule. And, I’m following Arenas’ series authored by Dr. Joe Dispenza on why resolutions don’t work and how to apply 7 steps to help you reach your business goals. The first in his series can be found at “Why New Year Resolutions Don’t Work – Part 1.”

Sam Fiorella at Sensei Marketing wrote a delicious post, “Only One Resolution: Accept Less Mediocrity” which further inspired me further to be more deliberate, revive goals and be better with my relationships.

I am curious what others are doing to actualize their goals in 2013. If you care to share your dreams, goals, action plans or even, your three words here, I would be delighted to hear!


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19 Responses to “My Three Words for 2013”

  1. Jacqui, I love the idea of 3 words. I’ll have to give that some thought. And I’m so glad you enjoyed Dr. Dispenza’s posts!

    • Master Resume Writer says:

      Thanks for chiming in, Alicia – I would love to hear what 3 words you come up with, as you have such a unique outlook on business and life!

  2. Dorlee says:

    Wow, Jacqui – You are truly an inspiration… I’m completely in awe of your plan to achieve your goals and based upon how well you have carried out previous missions, I know that you will fully execute all the items on your list.

    At the same time, I also know that you will exercise self compassion with yourself so that as long as you have been working on achieving those items on your list, this will be enough – you do not need achieve some sort of “perfect” standard about each one of those items.

    Wishing you only the best in health, happiness and success for the new year!

    • Master Resume Writer says:

      Your words are always so kind and uplifting – thank you.

      While there are good and bad days, peaks and valleys, I am driven by the carrot of a goal. So, it’s nice to feel momentum happening and results revealing themselves.

      I really appreciate your second paragraph, and that’s a great reminder for me – for everyone. Just last night, I was feeling a little frazzled in regard to 1-2 of my goals already, and I realized I needed to simply rest and regroup. Start anew today.

      And you’re right about not needing to achieve some sort of ‘perfect’ standard (well put; and I’m committing that one to memory).

      Many thanks, as always.

  3. Martina says:

    Love your three words, Jacqui. I have also taken this route for the last few years and it has served me well. My words for 2013 are- arête, service, publish.

    Looking forward to hear how your journey is going.

  4. Master Resume Writer says:

    Oh, Martina, I love those words – and ‘arête’ particularly stood out! (and sent me to the dictionary, admittedly). Thank you for stretching me a bit with your words.


    Appreciate your sharing, and glad to know this 3-words journey has worked well for you. I’ve since written my words on my whiteboard, to the right of my office desk to help keep me focused!


  5. Marianna says:

    This is definitely the time to cue the soundtrack from The Twilight Zone, with a little Get Smart – “Would you believe … ”

    My original New Year’s post on Auntie Stress Cafe was going to be about words; however those words are in the wings waiting their curtain call.

    Now, I hadn’t read Seth’s blog, nor yours, obviously, but the post that is part-way done is about singular words.

    Great minds think alike? 🙂

    I’ll be back for non-caloric second helpings to check out your links.

  6. Susan Mazza says:

    I love this exercise. Focused Passionate Playful are my 3 words for 2013

  7. Hi Jaqui: Love the simplicity of your words. Thank you for making me stop to think for a minute in advance.

    Mine are kindness, boldness, honoring the spirit in all of us. (granted – the last one is not one word!) xoxo

  8. Terry,
    Thanks for taking time to consider your 3 words and for sharing them here!

    Your words (including the expanded ‘honoring the spirit in all of us’ phrase) mesh so nicely with the person / brand I have come to know through meeting you by phone and social media.

    I love your words! They are soft, assertive, strong and collaborative!


  9. Darryl Dioso says:

    Great post as usual Jac.

    My 3 words for 2013 are:

    No – a word I need to learn to say more (especially with family ;)).

    Hope – stay positive and keep striving for my personal and professional goals.

    Achievement – this years marks my company’s 10 year anniversary and 10 years I have been married to Lisa. Here’s to achieving many more milestones…provided she doesn’t kick me out by then.


    • Master Resume Writer says:

      First: Thanks for your kind words and blog support. Always appreciated.

      Second: Your 3 words are fantastic! I can certainly appreciate the first one (and I imagine many/most of us can). It’s an easier-said-than-done word to employ, but I have a feeling you are determined to ‘say it a bit more’ this year.

      “Hope” is one of my favorite words, and thus is in my favorite quote: “When the world says, “Give up,” Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.” ~Author Unknown

      And “Achievement” – wow; what great feats to mark your 2013 with. Congratulations on a decade of business entrepreneurship and marriage success!

      Blessings to you and yours this year! … and beyond,

  10. Jackie Yun says:

    Hello Jacqui,

    I had to look up Martina’s word. “arête”, too. I love it. And I’m also loving your three words — deliberate, revive, relationships. These are such impactful words. It made me think: “Wouldn’t it be great to get the three word approach started in the corporate world as part of corporate goal setting?!”

    My three words are:

    Awesomeness > owning it within, appreciating it in others and in the world

    Art > making a point to look at things differently, be creative, plus curate a bit of beauty into everyday life

    Jump > be bold, enjoy the feeling of flight, and a much needed reminder to exercise

    Here’s to a fabulous 2013!


    • Master Resume Writer says:

      Hi Jackie,

      Oh yes, that WOULD be great to apply this exercise to corporate goal setting. What a superb idea! Will you be leading that charge? : )

      Stealing one of your three words to compliment your choices, they are quite AWESOME! … ‘owning it within’ while also appreciating it in others/the world (wow – just typing that out helped reinforce for me the gist of what you are saying)

      Oooh, and your description of what you mean by ‘art’ – how unique (love the curation aspect).

      And well, you have me soaring now with your word, ‘jump’ – I may just be quoting you soon on that ‘feeling of flight’ description in an upcoming blog. Merci!

      Tantalizing 2013 to you, Ms. Jackie. Thanks so much for adding rich value to this thread!


  11. I’ll noodle on this weekend. Also 13 vows. Many thanks

    • Master Resume Writer says:

      Thanks for chiming in, John! Happy noodling, and I am anxiously awaiting to hear what words and vows you arrive at.

      Standing by!


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