5 Questions for Setting Your Best Direction in the New Year

By Lou Solomon

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We’re living in the whitewater of change so it’s easy to feel that we’re falling behind and a sense of urgency about bigger and bigger goals. But are we measuring all the right things?

Bart is a super-achiever who, like me, is always pushing toward a big vision but doesn’t take much time to measure backward.

“Why not think about what you and your team achieved last year,” I suggested. “Wasn’t it a lot?” Celebrating the achievements of the last year can be motivational to your team members and inspire them to set not just bigger goals—but the kind of goals that grow the brand and drive the business forward in the right direction. Bart paused for a moment and said, “Well, yes.” He went on to lay out a list of remarkable achievements.

“How does it make you feel to consider those achievements?” I asked. “Better,” he said. “Much better.”

Of course, it’s always easier to coach others—and I thanked him for reminding me to do this for myself.

The five questions to consider going into the New Year

Before setting goals or making resolutions, as part of the strategic planning process, respond to these five questions:

  • What did you learn in the last year?
  • What were the highlight moments of family, relationships or teamwork?
  • What did you do that impacted both company profit and personal prosperity for the team?
  • What were the achievements that were beautifully in sync with your brand/identity?
  • Can you create more this?

The idea is to focus on creating more of the positive instead of measuring the miles between you and your mountaintop vision. After all, your vision should inspire you instead of making you feel as though you’re in “the back of the pack.”

Be specific in naming your achievements

Pull Quote - New YearEveryone needs to know that they are appreciated to become even more productive in the New Year. Instead of naming general achievements, make a human connection with the team and thank individuals for their contributions.

Throughout the year, take time to talk about what’s working and how to create more of it. When success is celebrated, everyone is reminded of their ability to succeed.

A constant push toward more, more, more, doesn’t allow time to connect to what’s already working. If you ignore the wins of your team, you miss an opportunity to downshift.

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