The Commitments


I got the idea from Chris Brogan:

Every year since around 2006, I’ve been challenging people to forego the idea of a resolution, and instead, to come up with 3 words that will help you define your goals and experiences for the coming year. Resolutions are often too vague, or too directed towards one goal.

Here at the shop, we decided to make commitments to three ideals critical to professional success in 2012.

We all had a week ahead of our annual company retreat to think about and commit to three little words.

I’d love to know yours. Here are mine:


Starts are fun. Starts are exciting. Starts are, frankly, pretty easy, huh?

I’ve been an awfully good starting pitcher for sixteen years – heck, maybe closer to 41 years – now. I need to finish projects with as much energy and power as I start them. That last mile’s awfully tough sometimes, but that’s usually where you see the most benefit, isn’t it?

Coffee’s for closers, pal.


Imagine. Write. Create. Deliver. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

I have a weird brain. I’ve got a virtual bookstore in my head, but what good are the volumes of stuff if the doors are locked and no one can get it?

This year, I’ll finally be publishing my first book (the draft goes to my editor this weekend). Plus, I’ve got to get the couple dozen presentations I regularly give into e-books and video presentations. I’m editing a set of really cool e-books for my business partners.

Oh, and there’s the small matter of these 300-700 words each day. I’ve got The Daily Blur editorial calendar plotted through the end of March. I simply have to reach up into the air and grab the words and put them down.


I’ll be writing more about this tomorrow and Friday, but as we transition from practice to business, the degree to which we’ll grow is directly proportional to the degree to which we become operationally excellent as a company.

That requires way more than a weird brain. It requires several weird brains that don’t necessarily agree with one another. It also requires systems, policies and procedures that not only work in our shop here in the middle west but across states and countries and continents.

Continents, dude.

I mean, we’re kinda dealing with some stuff here.

Some amazing, irresistible, powerful stuff.

2012 is going to be a wild ride, isn’t it? If I can simply honor these three commitments, it’ll be a year without parallel.

What three words will help you say the same? Are you willing to commit to them publicly, too?


Coffee’s over there, pal. Help yourself.

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As CEO and Head Custodian of Miles & Company, Tim Miles helps owner-operated companies do more with less. He's the author of Good Company: Making It, Keeping It & Being It.

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  • Ken Brand

    I have to tell you Timmo, I’m SO excited for you. Sharing your brainwaves with us is most appreciative. Let-it-rip in 2012.


    • Tim

      Just being carried along by the massive pull of your gravity, Ken. Thanks!

      • Ken Brand

        Pft, that’s a good one Tim.

        My words are 4: Less Blah-Blah More Ah-Ha:-)

        Cheers my man! Go global.

  • Dan Watts

    Hey Tim great post and great words for commitment in 2012.

    Here are mine:

    Passion- When you are passionate about what you do it’s not work…it’s fun and meaningful.

    Mission- Our radio station has a phenomenal mission statement and we need to commit to funnel EVERYTHING that we do through it. When that is the case you know that you are on target with your efforts and can get and keep everyone on board.

    Balance- Work is Work and Work is very important. It keeps the lights on, the furnace humming and food on the table. But Work is 3rd on my priority list. First is serving my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Second is my family. Sometimes we all lose sight of those priorities and get them all mixed up. My commitment is to to keep them in order and balance them appropriately.

    Blessings to you and your team in 2012 and we hope to have you come to Cincinnati sometime this year.

    • Tim

      I have nothing to say but … amen. Well said, Dan. Best of luck in 2012!

  • Carlin

    My 3 words are Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose.

    It is going to be an amazing year!

    • Tim

      Ooooh. Good ones. Plus, ‘autonomy’ is just plain fun to say out loud …

  • Bonnie Young

    Hello! Love this site!! So cool! Here’s my 3, just in case you wanted to know… (because you had a choice).