8 questions to set your plan for the new year

New Year’s Eve has come and gone. It’s a funny night. You are left with a twinge of remorse and a twinge of hope. People migrate to parties and streets with champagne in their hands surrounded by 150 of their closest friends to watch a ball drop anywhere from 10 to 141 feet, while they try to forget that they didn’t accomplish last year’s resolutions and set lower bar resolutions for the coming year. Truly the happiest people of the evening are the cabbies who are out in scores to drive all the partiers home where they welcome the next day with a headache, little recall of their pared back resolve which sounds something like “I will not drink caffeine when the Penguins have a full healthy roster” and a pork shank that needs to be roasted.

Most resolutions don’t come to fruition because they are merely notions. “I will lose weight” and “I will get a new job” are notions. “I will go to the gym for an hour three times a week” and “I will define my transferable skills and create a matrix of companies that align with my values” are goals.

Growth and fulfillment come from self-awareness, self-regulation, self-nurturing and aligning goals with values. Below are a few reflective questions that help you set intent for the year based on realization. Maybe all is good? And maybe there is room for mindful growth and adventure.

  • What happened last year at work?
  • What happened last year in your relationships?
  • What happened last year with your personal growth?
  • What happened last year socially?
  • What are you ready to leave behind?
  • What do you realize most about last year?
  • What is one thing you want this year?
  • What is the first thing you will do to get it?

Fulfillment isn’t outside watching a ball drop. Fulfillment is inside you asking to be set free. How will you stop searching outside and open your internal windows to smell fresh air and allow opportunity to flood you with marvel? Right now you can move on to your to-do list. Or you can spend 15 minutes becoming a thought leader on your future. If you’re not sure how you’ll end 2019 you are already there. Craft a linear plan on how to advance your life this year with the FREE Career/Life Plan that I give my clients.

Mary Lee Gannon, ACC, CAE is an executive coach and corporate CEO who helps busy leaders get off the treadmill to nowhere to be more effective, earn more, be more calm and enjoy connected relationships with the people who matter while it still matters. Watch her FREE Master Class training on Three Things to Transform Your Life and Career Right Now at www.MaryLeeGannon.com