I have always been a “wing it” kind of gal. I recall going to the store to buy milk and running into a friend who had recently moved when I was in my early twenties. We stood in conversation for at least 20 minutes before she was able to cajole me into seeing her new apartment. We had such a good time talking and cooking that I did not go home until the next day. Of course, I forgot the milk. I will always be spontaneous, but I have since learned to temper it with planning.
The New Year is a time of reflection. You may be filled with optimism, anticipation or hope for the promise that 2017 offers. I am confident you can achieve wonderful things when you use the past as a tool to learn and take time to plan for your future.
The questions below will help you to gain the insights you need to make 2017 a year worth remembering.
1. Make a list of everything that you accomplished in 2016.
2. How did these things impact your life? Your career? Your relationships?
3. What can you do to build on your achievements over the past year?
4. What did you leave undone?
5. On a scale of 1 to 5 ( one being the least and five being the greatest), how important is it that you still get these things done?
6. If you don’t complete these things, what will be the consequence(s)?
7. If it is important, what is one thing you can do to move forward?
8. Once you complete this, how will your life be different?
9. What did you learn over the past year that will help you be a better person, friend, professional?
10. What is your big, hairy, audacious goal for 2017?
11. What steps do you need to take to make this happen?
12. Who are the people (friends, family members, mentors, career or life coach, others) that are most likely to be of help to you?
13. Go back and add metrics to your answers to gain additional insight into the value of your achievement.
- Example: Updated my resume. Accepted a new job within six weeks of completion. Salary increased by $10,000 annually.
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