Another trip around the sun.
Another year under our belts (and, if you’re like me, that belt is a wee bit tighter after the holiday season…)
And another opportunity to make resolutions for Jan. 1 that we’ll likely break by Jan. 9th… (Why do we do that?)
This year, resolve to get curious and clear on truly goal-worthy goals.
To make the most of what you’ve learned and avoid repeating the same mistakes over and over, set the course for success in the subsequent months by asking yourself the following questions:
- What did I enjoy most this year?
- When and how was I most challenged?
- What are the skills I’ve gained this past year?
- When did I perform my best this year?
- What are the things I gave too much (and not enough) time and energy to this year?
- Who (or what) made the biggest impact on me this year?
- In what way are the goals I had at the beginning of the year still relevant or important?
- What’s something I’d like to learn or experience in the year ahead?
- What do I value most, now?
- What will make me feel most successful and satisfied in the year ahead?
I believe you should be not only the central character in your own story but its active author.
I often refer to this quote (author unknown) in my storytelling for impact and influence workshops and webinars:
“You can’t start a new chapter if you keep re-reading the last one.”
But you also can’t write a new chapter if you haven’t yet determined the plot.
Use the questions above to take stock and make the necessary edits before you turn the page to the New Year.
Our past choices have created our present chapter.
It makes sense then, that our present choices will create our future.
Wherever your story takes you, I hope you make it one worth telling.
It’s Your Story… What Happens Next?
Valerie Gordon is the founder of career and communications firm The Storytelling Strategist. She helps high achievers find the power in their own stories to advance their careers and ascend the leadership ladder and works with corporations to build strong leaders and equitable teams.