Three words to lead me into 2015

This past week, my wife and I worked on a course from Michael Hyatt called “5 Days to Your Best Year Ever.” We bought the course last year, but we didn’t finish it.

This year, we were determined to finish it. And we are glad we did. Because now we have an outline for accomplishing our goals in 2015.

I’ll share the details of those goals with you at a later date, but right now I want to do something that I’ve been doing the past several years with mixed success: sharing some theme words for the upcoming year. For 2014, my theme words were Intention, Boring, and Listen. I followed that up here. In 2013, my theme was Delete. Back in 2010, my theme was to Follow through and finish.

So while last week here on the blog I looked back at 2014, at what worked and what didn’t, today I’m looking forward. The 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever program walks you through the process of looking back and looking forward. Looking back is hard, because you have to face what didn’t go well. It can be depressing if you didn’t succeed at something you really wanted to go well, or if things that were out of your control just went badly in general.

But looking forward, that’s where the big dreaming happens, and you dream the dreams that get you excited and ready to conquer the world. Participating in the Best Year Ever program, I now know how to make those things happen.

So without further ado, here are the 3 words that are going to drive me in 2015.

Inspire. Build. Teach.

All right, so what does that mean?


2014 has ended as a pretty crummy year. The news is just horrible, with reports of racial violence all over. We all need some hope. Some peace. Some quiet.


I want to build a business around my art. I want to build myself to be a better husband, father, and artist. I want to build the people around me to be what God made them to be.


I believe we all know things that others don’t. Things come naturally or are innate in one person that don’t for the next person. And we are obligated to share what we know with those around us. Whatever you have to share with the world, it’s your responsibility to share that. I want to teach people that there is in fact hope and goodness in the world even when you can’t see through the fog.

Let’s sum all that up

In a nutshell, I want to build a business around my art, and I’ll do that by inspiring people with that art and by teaching them how to live a creative, rewarding life.

It’s simple, but it is harder than it sounds. That’s why I have a plan this year, which I will share with you later.

Your turn

What about you? Do you have a theme for 2015? If so, I’d love to hear it. How are you going to make it happen?