Every year on New Year's Day I think about one or two words that will guide me in my work. I skipped posting about it last year becuase I was in the middle of a wonderful trip back home (Modena) and a couple of different locations on the Rhein in Germany.
In 2012, my two words were "bridging dis-connects". Here are my thoughts on New Year's Day for 2011, make things happen, 2010, focus on what's important, 2009, make everything simpler, and 2008, possibility is timeless.
Mindful that the Word is as straight as the light, plain as the voice of someone who speaks into our hearts, fresh, and great to point that it fills your life. Words give everyone a voice and how we use that voice determines how we make a difference.
Moved by the need to be increasingly more appropriate, I started capturing an:
Incomplete list of verbs
I plan to dig into this well as the year progresses to be on point more, bolder in my selection. I particularly like the bolded entries. I'm sure I am missing many good verbs, and your suggestions in the comments are welcome.
In alphabetical order:
Access, act, affect, amplify, attract, achieve, adopt, accelerate, analyze, adapt, answer, ask, assist, adjust, aim, accomplish, arrange, appreciate, admit, address, assume, advance, alter
Build, bridge, brand, behave, believe, behold, bring, become, be, balance
Create, cast, carve, converse, change, compete, compare, collaborate, communicate, connect, challenge, convey, carry, care, craft, compress, converge, combine, celebrate, choose, close, cross, consult, counsel, complete, crowdsource, conceive, construct, center, collect, carve, circle, culminate
Design, develop, deliver, define, distill, do, discover, drive, direct, diversify, decide, deliberate, delegate, draft, draw
Enable, empower, energize, express, execute, embody, exchange, explore, experience, extend, expand, enjoy, earn, expect, enroll, educate, entertain, empty, enter, enact, embrace, enhance
Focus, find, form, flow, frame, function, feel, feast, fail, fly, fashion, formulate, fulfill, fuel, force
Generate, give, grow, guide, grab, govern, gain
Hold, herd, hear, hover, handle, help, head, hatch, hack
Ignite, interact, involve, implement, increase, innovate, identify, intend, initiate, inject, invest, influence, instruct, invent, inform, inspire
Love, listen, learn, leverage, live, lead, load, laugh, level, lay out, let go, launch
Mold, mark, measure, model, manage, motivate, move, mean, master, make
Notice, narrate, navigate, need
Operate, observe, organize, offer, obey, open, operate, order, orient, oversee, overcome
Play, power, personalize, promise, provide, present, prototype, produce, package, price, place, pivot, prove, put, pursue, pay, prevent, proceed, plan, pitch, position, practice, prioritize, push, pull, progress
Quest, query, quantify, qualify
Relate, receive, respect, retain, react, respond, reach, result, resonate, research, ride, run, remember, risk, raise, rethink, revive, restore, relax, reverberate, renew, raise, reboot, refrain, rarefy, redefine
See, shape, share, spread, signal, screen, seek, surround, shift, scale, strengthen, segment, search, start, stop, show, solve, snack, simplify, sail, steer, strategize, sketch out, stay, serve, sense, surpass, sever, stand out, surprise
Think, track, treasure, trigger, trade, tell, test, thrive, teach, turn, taste, travel, tailor, thank, twist, transform
Understand, use, uncover, upload, unify, usher,
Value, verify, venture, voice
Zoom, zero in, zap
Work, walk, wear, wake up, want, wonder, wander, will
Let's make it count, let's keep it right (without keeping score).
Valeria is an experienced listener. She designs service and product experiences to help businesses rediscover the value of promises and its effects on relationships and culture. She is also frequent speaker at conferences and companies on a variety of topics. Book her to speak here.