Reclaim, Rewrite, Renew In 2011

One of the most respected and insightful folks in the world of business and social media is Chris Brogan.  I like his writing for one main reason, it forces me to re-examine my thoughts and suppositions, as all good writing should.  I also like this exercise that Chris performs at the beginning of each year.

Every year, I come up with three words that will be my guiding pillars for what I will focus on in the coming year. Instead of resolutions, which don’t usually help me very much, I work hard on using these words as a lighthouse for my actions and efforts. – Chris Brogan, January 1, 2011

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This year I wanted to find three words that resonated with me personally, as well as reflected the goals and ideals of being a Global Patriot – dedication to the health and well-being of the entire planet – but it was difficult to come up with the right words.

Lucky for me Chris has thousands of subscribers, and he shared a selection of their Three Words for 2011 in his newsletter today and also posted them on his website.  Rebekkah, 4th on the list, had the words I was seeking – Reclaim, Rewrite, Renew.

Reclaim Our Self – It’s all to easy for the daily activities of our life to begin dictating who we are, rather than allow our true essence to select the events that we choose to participate in, but this process of reclaiming ourselves, and reclaiming our planet, must be a conscious one that requires diligent effort and noble intentions.

Rewrite Our Future – In each moment we witness the future becoming the present and just as quickly the past, and while we can’t change what has already happened, the decisions we make each and every moment have the ability to shape the future.  Not just the future direction of our own life, but the future of this amazing planet.

Renew Our Dedication – There are often times when progress seems so very slow, and negative forces surrounding us appear to be winning the day, but as with any righteous endeavor, the journey requires of us a relentless sense of dedication and commitment, else the change that we seek in our self and our world won’t happen.

I encourage each of you to take a few moments to think about three words that you can use as “guiding pillars” for 2011, and many thanks to Chris Brogan and Rebekkah for bringing a new found sense of inspiration and direction to my new year!

Let’s Make 2011 A Memorable Global Patriot Year!

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  2. Mark,

    I like that you retooled these three words to reflect not only a personal view of 2011, but for a more universal look at our place in the world in the context of the global patriot theme.

    I was actually thinking about you the other day. I just finished the book “MacroWikinomics”. I think you’d enjoy it tremendously. Just a suggestion.

    Here’s to a great year!

    • Funny you should mention MacroWikinomics, as I’ve been wanting to read Wikinomics for quite some time and just picked up a copy to digest on an upcoming business trip – guess I’ll have to grab the sequel too! I love the notion of mass collaboration, similar to Blessed Unrest by Paul Hawken.

      • It’s a great combo. They’re some of the most important works when it comes
        to building a foundational knowledge of the way the web works, especially
        for good. The sequel is much better in my opinion, but you need the
        foundation of the first one to fully appreciate the second. Happy reading.

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  4. Thanks for the post, Mark! I love Chris Brogan’s blog as well! However, in the holiday buzz (umm… I’m talking about being both busy and drinking great wine) I haven’t been surfing my usual blogs. Thanks for the heads up! Love your post & his.

    Always a fun time drinking vino with you and the usual suspects! Feliz 2011…

    Katie

    • Our conversation the other night got me thinking a lot about how to move forward in 2011, so Chris Brogan’s email was perfectly timed. Thanks for your continued support!