What Impact Will You Have in 2019?

Many of our clients ask us about our personal goal setting process at the start of each year. Here is an overview of how I personally plan the year ahead.

To me January and September are the two points in the year where I take stock of what I want to achieve.  But, the reality is that it takes time to do a reflection and goal setting process effectively.  But, if I don’t do it I stumble and don’t actualize my goals.  

My personal process starts with taking stock of where I want to be 10 years from now (yes, 10 years!).  This lays the ground work for the goals for the upcoming year.  In my view, this connects the next year to a broader purpose and vision which feels more meaningful and significant.  It sets me on a path of growth and gets me excited about not only what I am doing, but what I might need to learn to get there.

I also take inventory of where I am today, and ask myself some fundamental questions such as the following:

  • What opportunities lay before me?

  • What seeds did I plant last year that I want to sprout this year?

  • What do I want to give myself fully to in 2019?

  • What might stop me from giving myself fully to this?

  • Where am I today with my finances?

  • What is my current lifestyle situation?

  • How solid are my health and well-being?

  • What impact do I want to have in my professional life?

  • What does a thriving family look and feel like in 2019?

  • What role do I want spirituality to play in my daily life?

 It’s important to be realistic about where you are in the key life domains: personal, family, financial, spiritual, and professional growth. In my view the upcoming year is an opportunity to take many small steps which will put me on a fulfilling path in each area, and I need to be realistic with myself about the tensions that exist between each domain and how may they tug and pull on each other and potentially create stress for myself and my family.

Once I have answered these questions I write them down, share them with others, and I review them every 90 days.  The 90 day review and planning process allows me to lead with a clear intent, and get real with myself about what feels significant to me.

About Natalie Michael

Natalie Michael is a C-Suite Coach and CEO Succession Advisor.  She is the author of The Duck and The Butterfly:  Coaching Questions for Leaders At Work and Co-Author of Your CEO Succession Playbook:  How to Pass the Torch So Everyone Wins.  She is a Partner in www.waterfront-partners.com

Brian Conlin