This has become my absolute favorite post of the year and for good reason. Ever since I decided to ditch the old resolution ritual for three guiding words to focus my energy on… the results have been phenomenal. I did not hit every goal but the quality of my life has progressively improved since 2015.
That said, I wanted once more to share it with you (earlier than usual) in the hopes you will join me and shift your life for the better.
I stopped participating in the New Year ritual of making a list of “resolutions”.
I am, however, a firm believer in self-improvement and I came across a blog post in 2014 by one of my personal favorite influencers, Chris Brogan. It was a simple post with little or no explanation as to why he was choosing 3 words instead of resolutions… but I instantly got it, and so it began.
I want you to understand the concept of this exercise, so here is how Chris explains it in his words (published in 2014)
How to Choose Your Three Words
Lots of people pick words that remind them to take a certain action, or to be a certain way. Over the years, I’ve used both methods. Sometimes, my words are a verb. Other times, they’re a bit more complex. The idea is to use the words as triggers for actions you intend to take, and maybe other actions you seek to avoid.
Here is my annual report card based on last year’s words.
SIEMBRA – CULTIVA – COSECHA
(SOW – CULTIVATE – HARVEST)
If political unrest, hurricanes, earthquakes, and pandemics have taught me anything is that social media has us all in “hoarding” mode. For years we placed value on followers & fans but for the sake of numbers and not much else. Even those of us who may be very engaged have realized that it is not easy to be present with the audiences we say we want.
In some ways… I am stepping back, on purpose to reconnect with people I really liked from my days doing the “influencer” hustle. I am taking time to engage with them on a deeper level to collaborate on bigger projects.
I am also taking time to intentionally connect with those people whose work I admire to create energetic exchanges that are mutually beneficial.
We have never been able to eat the fruit of the seeds we plant today so SIEMBRA is all about getting ready for seasons to come.
SIEMBRA is all about having something meaningful to CULTIVA[R]
This year was super challenging with all of my business being 100% remote yet another year and people fatigued with online everything. I struggled having plans to launch live events across my portfolio and having to back pedal.
However, I capitalized on the downtime during my travels to reimagine some things… and planted new seeds that will lead to major collaboration in 2022. The biggest accomplishment will have been a full year of building out the framework for what Siembra Academy will become. The outlook is great as long as I wether the storm and adapt to the climate.
Cultiva is what we do with the seeds we plant, nourishing them so that they can create abundance. Having a network is not enough, I believe I must promote those in my circle so that they can grow exponentially. I have always done this and have never asked for reciprocation but that changes this year. I must also cultivate abundance for myself, If I continue to help others without helping myself, I will eventually not have a strong platform to help others with. Making sure that I grow, provides more opportunities for others to grow with me.
I plan on being intentional in asking others to provide testimonials, co-signs and to recommend people that align from a values perspective so that the growth I provide creates a culture of paying it forward.
CULTIVA is all about energetic exchanges that lead to the COSECHA
Some major opportunities have arisen, both with people in my cohort and outside to do things on a bigger scale. I have started putting together these elements and have invested in both the platform I will be using for courses as well as a solid booking platform. I also went ahead and seperated the UrbanJibaro brand and have decided to focus on building Siembra Academy independently as I have with Capicu Culture in the past. You are going to see my efforts here come to life as I double down on my committment to cultivate new creators for the Sofrito For Your Soul and start reshaping what the next 25 years and beyond look like.
This has been the piece that has been missing for quite some time, the harvest. I mean, the harvest always happens but it was disproportionately skewed because of my habit of giving, and not positioning myself to receive.
There has been a mind shift with me and I am shedding the feelings of discomfort when it comes to being abundant. Highlighting my accomplishments is not bragging and anyone who feels that I am, probably doesn’t belong around me. This year, I do have a financial plan that provides me the life I deserve to live and also invests money for me to be able to rest when I decide that I want to settle down, relax and become a spectator.
COSECHA is about all about the abundance I earned doing good in the world.
I probably focused on this most just because the other two words have become second nature within my years of community building. This was the area I need the most help with and through coaching, self-teaching, research, investing, and experimentation I feel like I have made major headway.
The result, I raised my rates, secured longer-term projects, and most importantly I have done the work needed to enjoy some of the moments in between on a deeper level. I have also laid the foundation for a investment portfolio that I am fully engaged with, so that I can become debt free across the board.
I am really proud of 2021′ harvest.
After the results of 2021, I was so tempted to go another 12 months with the same words to see what else I can do but I decided to challenge myself to hold on to these in spirit and move on to the next three.
So… here are My Three Words for 2022!
Remind – Reinvest – Reconnect
2022 will mark the 25th Anniversary of Sofrito For Your Soul. That said, I believe that with Siembra Academy being such a priority in the next few years, it is time to remind people who I am, what I have done, and what I mean to the culture. This means telling stories about accomplishments I may not have shared for fear of sounding like I am bragging. I believe certain reminders will show people the depth of my career and that will be a strong case study for me as a teacher as I look to help build more creative entrepreneurs.
On a personal level… I need to look in the mirror and appreciate who I have become as well as who I aspire to become. Reminding myself that my work matters is necessary, even if nobody else says it out loud.
It is no secret that as Social Media has taken over, there has been over-indexing on social vs the blog that started it all. That has always been on my mind… and I tried to fix it a few times but never really committed.
This is the commitment right here, I plan on reinvesting my energy, creativity, and money into celebrating the 25th anniversary. I also want to create interest in adding way more creators to the fold. The blog does not have to be everything to everyone but like me, I want it to remain a resource, a bridge if you will in new creators’ journey. Reinvesting also means taking my gains from my portfolio and diversifying my mix of investments to include Real Estate, Crypto, Stock, and Independent investments.
In my health journey, this means, doubling down on all the things I did to get healthier so that I can liberate my body from medication naturally. I have made great strides over the year but I can still do better and I will.
This pandemic has been hard in so many ways but the one way that has impacted me the most is the space between me and some of the people I love. It also includes people I have worked with for years and have neglected to create real memories/friendships outside of these collaborations. I take responsibility and say, this has been one of the hardest years of my life from an emotional standpoint… I lost many friends, family members, and even my Mom in a very short window of time which continuously reminds me that life is precious.
Reconnecting for me means that distance will no longer be a reason why I do not try to connect with those that matter most to me. It may mean repairing relationships that have been damaged by things that in retrospect do not matter. Finally, it may mean not being as accessible to people who do not necessarily deserve my attention.
THAT SAID, WILL YOU JOIN ME IN CREATING THREE WORDS THAT WILL SET YOU UP FOR SUCCESS?
I have one last chance for you to get 1on1 coaching to not only develop your three words but the plan on how you will start living intentionally to design the life you want.
Register here – http://bit.ly/my3words2022
WHAT WILL YOUR THREE WORDS BE?
Let me know in the comments section or on social using the #mythreewords hashtag.
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These are the three words that will drive me to have the biggest year of my life and I promise to bring you along for the ride.