Charlotte Rains Dixon  

My Three Words for the New Year

In case you hadn't noticed, there's only one month left of this year.  And so I'm getting a jump on all the posts about goals and resolutions for 2011, because three words have been haunting me lately.

First let me explain something.  Lately, I've noticed a lot of marketers jumping on the three-word bandwagon.  Tonya Leigh, who does weight-loss stuff,says her programs are for the slim, chic, and savvy woman.  Danielle LaPorte, a kick-ass marketer, uses white hot truth.  Marie Forleo's tag line is rich, happy and hot. And then there is TED, which stands for technology, entertainment, and design and is the home of wonderful presentations which are often of great fascination. The godmother of the three word title is Elizabeth Gilbert herself, with her book titled, Eat, Pray, Love.


Somewhere along the line, this three word trend lodged in my brain.  Because all of a sudden, one at a time but in rapid succession, three words came to me.  And I knew intuitively that they were my words for the new year.  So here they are, in the order they came to me: radical, fierce, and profound.

According to, one definition of radical is: of or going to the root or origin; fundamental: a radical difference. Another is: or thoroughgoing or extreme, esp. as regards change from accepted or traditional forms: a radical change in the policy of a company.  For fierce, we have: furiously eager or intense: fierce competition.  And then there is profound: penetrating or entering deeply into subjects of thought or knowledge; having deep insight or understanding: a profound thinker.


Not bad words for a writer to adopt, eh? 


The funny thing is that they came to me out of the blue, unbidden, but welcome, like a message from the universe.  Marching orders, so to speak.  So these are the words I'll be striving to live and write by in 2011.  What about you?  What words will you be listening to for guidance?

Photo credits, top to bottom: ND The Wonder Boy, from Flickr, FreerangeStock, Matchstick, from Flickr.



8 thoughts on “My Three Words for the New Year

  1. elisavetmarika

    Connect, expand, release (just came to me as I read your post). All related to my work/writing. lovely idea.

  2. Charlotte Dixon

    Oh, I love those words! And I’m so glad they came to you as you were reading this post. Thanks for stopping by

  3. J.D. Frost

    Well, it’s Saturday morning. I have six words instead of three. War Damn Eagle! Go you Ducks! I hope I can proudly say both of those at the end of the day.

  4. Charlotte Dixon

    I’m with you all the way, J.D.! I’ve got my Lucky Duck shirt on and have fingers crossed for wins for both Oregon and Auburn. I’m working in Nashville so can’t watch the game, will be relying on texts from family back home.

  5. J.D. Frost

    Your Lucky Duck shirt! LOL. They both came through. I wish I was going to Glendale, but,alas, I have to leave that to the team. It’s a huge stage. Neither team has been on one like it. Auburn won a national championship in 1956. There was no game like this then. Oregon has made some noise in recent years, but nothing like this. Talk about huge. I can’t wait. I’m glad for the Tigers. I’m glad for the Ducks.

  6. Charlotte Dixon

    Hey J.D., I wish I was going to Glendale, too, but it is going to cost a fortune to get tickets! My son kept calling the Ducks win, “historic,” and “epic,” which is what it feels like! I’m really pleased that Auburn won, too. It is going to be a great game!

  7. […] Choosing the words is an interesting process. Usually, they just come to me and I know intuitively that they are the right ones.  There's a kind of clunk inside me when the word comes and I know it's the one that is meant to be.  Last year, I chose one word.  The year before, there were three. And the year before that, three as well. […]

  8. […] read the posts explaining my word choices for 2012 here, a check-in post here, and the words for 2011 here. For another blogger's take on the process, check out Sandra's post at Always Well […]

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