Last week we discussed a framework to keep you motivated to achieve your goals. But what if you don't have any goals yet? How do you get started? To figure out where you want to go, reflect on where you've been.
I belong to an amazing group called Alexandria Women Entrepreneurs (AWE). This group is full of accomplished and thoughtful businesswomen who come together to share experiences and lift each other up. Last week our leader, Jill Erber, proprietor and cheese lady of Cheesetique, led us through an exercise where we reflected on 2016 and envisioned 2017. The questions were so compelling I asked her if I could share them with you.
I invite you to read through them now, then schedule some time to reflect and answer these for yourself. You can go through once focused on your career then another focused on your personal life. Or go even deeper and answer in each of these categories: health, spiritual, career, relationships and hobbies.
Reflections on 2016*
- Three words that describe me in 2016:
- My greatest victory in 2016:
- My greatest challenge in 2016:
- The most painful lesson I learned in 2016:
- I wish I had spent less time doing the following:
- I wish I had taken more time to do the following:
Looking forward to 2017*
- What are three things only I can do?
- What is a brand new thing I will try in 2017?
- What age-old thing will I eliminate (or drastically re-work) in 2017?
- Doing this makes me feel less productive:
- Doing this would make me more productive:
- I plan to achieve the following goals in 2017:
*These reflections are modified slightly from Jill's original questions to apply to a broad audience.
As you reflect, give yourself some mad props. You had victories! You overcame challenges! You learned lessons! What an amazing person you are for everything you did. As you envision, think big. Maria Abromovic, Serbian performance artist who exhibited at MoMa, says, "I am only interested in the ideas that become obsessive and make me feel uneasy. The ideas that I'm afraid of." When you answer the question, "What is a brand new thing I will try in 2017," make it scary. Push yourself. Feel the thrill and awe of living big!
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