The New Year is brimming with possibilities to explore, good work to be done, and great things to be accomplished! It is a terrific time to take stock of where you are in your career. Are you happy with your present situation? Is your work rewarding, fulfilling, and energizing? If not, it may be time to consider what you really want to be doing with your precious time and talents and set some goals to make it happen.
Although I’m not a fan of resolution making, I do see the merit in setting goals as a first step to start making changes.
Here are 8 questions I find helpful to get the process going:
- What am I grateful for?As you review 2014, consider the good things in your life that you are truly thankful for. What brought you joy or warmed your heart this last year? What do you most value that you have in your life right now? Is it your significant other, a loving pet, a fabulous climate, your family, your friends, peace of mind, good health? When we get in touch with feelings of gratitude, it is easier to determine our priorities and start to create an action plan.
- What did I accomplish this last year?Often people make resolutions about what they failed to accomplish without giving themselves credit for their achievements. Accomplishments don’t have to come in the form of awards or promotions either. Did you learn a new skill? Clean out a closet that had needed it for years? Get better at being on time?
- What did I intend to accomplish but didn’t in 2014?Instead of beating yourself up over missed opportunities, failed resolutions or missed goals, consider their relative importance. So you didn’t lose the weight, get your dream job, visit the Grand Canyon, get a raise, exercise more, etc. So what? How important were those goals? Are they still important to you?
- What do I want to accomplish in 2015?Are there unfinished projects or goals from last year that you want to focus on going forward? (See #3) Are there new things you want to bring into your life or accomplish this year? If you have a bucket list, it may be time to take action. What are you waiting for?
- What is the benefit if I accomplish these goals?What is the payoff to you personally? How will your achieving these goals change your life/other people/the world? Consider how achieving your goals will change your life. Will you be happier?
- Am I making my goal or “resolution” for myself or am I trying to please or impress someone else? Answering this question requires us to be brutally honest with ourselves. Often we make decisions based on how it will impact others in our lives. It’s good to consider this aspect but at the same time, challenge your perception—is it really your goal or is it someone else’s goal for you?
- Am I basing my goals/resolutions on something I really want or something I truly need? What is your primary motivation for seeking change? Is it long term fulfillment or short term gratification?
- What can I let go of that isn’t supporting me?We often put up with people, possessions, problems, and situations that aren’t serving us in a positive way. What have you been tolerating that you can eliminate from your life?
Consider what needs to happen for you to live your life from a place of integrity and in alignment with your core values. Then set your goals and take action toward achieving them.
May you do great things in this New Year!