What Are Your Three Words

New Year

Several years ago, I got into the habit of choosing three words to guide and focus me for the next year. I stole this concept from Chris Brogan.

My three words for 2014 are:


For more than three decades I’ve studied, practiced and taught what I’ve learned. Four years ago I decided to step up my game and write my book. It took only six months to write the book; it took another three years to deepen my knowledge and expand my platform. Now with the launch of the book for the holidays, I took a deep breath and thought about what we have worked on for the last three years.

Last November my Free to Win team and I started offering our One Day Men’s Groups.  Now it’s evolved to  Two Day Men’s Groups. As with many ventures, getting it moving took some energy. We have now reached a place where demand is exceeding availability.

Building on the book and our events, we are in the process of launching a Men’s Group Leadership course, so the men who take our Two Day course,  and any other men who want to create an effective group, have a powerful program to guarantee their success.

Out of my years of coaching and leading a team of teachers teaching a 1000-hour-coaching training, we decided to create a Men’s Mentoring program based on our work with men and men’s groups.

There are other programs and books in the work that we will be offering this year as a way to pay back my initial investment, and then turn our endeavor into a profitable business.


Here my goal is to take all the above and leverage it to increase our success not only financially, but in terms of its impact.

With the release of the documentary film on our men’s group About Men, we plan to increase the impact our nonprofit Men Corps will have on men. We want more men to download our free guide to starting and running a successful men’s group. We want more men in these free groups teaching each other what we didn’t get to learn growing up around being men.

I want to connect with both men and women around supporting men winning at being men. We all want men to succeed as being our own man. Now we have the tools that allow them to do that. I want to leverage what we have done for what we can do.


I tend to focus too much on work. I love what I do, so it’s hard not to want to do more. But I need to practice what I preach—more balance.

I live in one of the most beautiful areas of the country. Not only are publications telling us that, all I have to do is look up out my office window to see the beautiful mountains of North Idaho. Now I have the relationship of my dreams, and I want to spend more time with Kirei drinking in her beauty and the joy we create.

What are your three words?

What will you focus on in 2014?

Share with us your intent for the New Year. It’s a stretch to put it out there. You are making a commitment. Go for it. Make a statement, take a stance, and start working for it. Support others in succeeding with their three words.

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What Are Your Three Words

4 Responses

  1. I’ve been revising my monetizing strategies for my blog this coming 2014 🙂

    Tammie December 20, 2013 at 3:22 am #
    • Tammie,
      Turning something you do for the love of it into a business and while keeping the passion alive is a challenge that I enjoy… most of the time.

      Owen Marcus December 20, 2013 at 6:59 am #
  2. Intentional, courageous, serving

    Tom December 30, 2013 at 6:56 pm #
  3. Stick….to what I’ve decided to do.
    Steep…myself in the culture of my work.
    Stretch…beyond the comfortable and familiar.

    Giff January 2, 2014 at 7:52 pm #

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