Try More Keep Less – Goal Setting for 2018

Try More Keep Less – Goal Setting for 2018

By Corinne Impey, Founder

The week between Christmas and New Years is one of my favourite times of year. Not only do I get to celebrate a birthday, but I also love the peace and quiet that settles in during the week. At Six Words, we close down for the week – it’s a chance for us to disconnect and find some stillness. 

For me, like many others, it’s also the time of year when I reflect on the past and dream for the year ahead. I like to set goals and intentions for both my work and personal life.

My goal setting process has evolved over the last few years. When I turned 25, I started lists that were tied to my age (ex. 26 things to do before turning 26). But by the time I turned 30, I was exhausted by the idea of creating my list of 31 things, let alone living them.

Last year, I developed a new goal and intention-setting framework that came to me during my post-holiday flight back to Vancouver. Flight time, I’ve learned, is a great opportunity for reflection and planning.

The framework is called Try More Keep Less. Not only is it tied to a larger philosophy I’m trying to adopt focused on essentialism (or as my partner Eli says, “less but better”), the framework also lets me think about the things I want to take on, expand, retain, or let go of. It’s a way to help me think about the new things I want to experience or accomplish, ways I want to grow and evolve, while at the same time honouring the things in life I’m happy about and want to continue doing. 

In the spirit of accountability and growth, here are my Try, More, Keep, Less goals for 2018! In hopes of bringing them to life sooner than later, I’ve started taking action on a few goals and intentions already.


  • Downhill ski lessons – booked and starting Jan. 8 – yikes! 
  • Big trip/travel – in planning mode.
  • Yoga teacher training – booked.
  • Tai chi
  • Experimenting with my morning routine
  • Teaching / mentoring / sharing knowledge



  • Purposeful work – a few leads in the works.
  • Professional development – one event booked, more to come.
  • Arts, culture, music, dance
  • Writing – started with this blog.
  • Meditation – in progress.
  • Volunteering
  • Play
  • Awareness of blind spots / blinders
  • Intention-setting



  • Reading 35 books this year – half way through book #1.
  • Spending lots of time outside
  • Moving daily
  • Sending mail
  • Saving
  • Adventuring
  • Investing in / showing up for / celebrating the people I love



  • Over-scheduling / committing
  • Worrying about things that aren’t real yet
  • Phone/screen time – currently establishing some boundaries.
  • Second-guessing myself
  • Avoiding discomfort


Some of the more intangible goals or intentions may be harder to track but I look forward to sharing my progress next December.


In the meantime, at Six Words, we can’t wait to see what unfolds in 2018 for our team and our clients. We look forward to helping our clients reach their goals and celebrating each milestone along the way.


To learn more about Corinne and the Six Words Team, click here. 

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