Don’t Write Your Goals For 2019 (Yet)

I’m always tempted at this time of year to rush headlong into goal setting. But I’ve found it much more powerful to reflect on the previous year first. These questions work for me:

Question Number One

What were the highlights of 2018 – the things that brought you joy and personal satisfaction?

Know what brings you joy – so you can do MORE of it! No joy to be had? Time to change what you do!

Question Number Two

What mistakes did you make and what did you learn? (those things that, with hindsight, you’d do differently or wouldn’t do at all?)

What mistakes have taught YOU the most? (I’ve learned the most when I’ve really screwed up).

Question Number Three

WHO do you want to be in 2019? I want to step out of my comfort zone even more. I want to embrace possibilities that are a bit scary (‘feel the fear and do it anyway’ as the saying goes). There are habits I need to say goodbye too. And some new mantras I need to embrace. What about you?

If this resonates with you, check out my three short Impostor Experience videos (drop me an email at, I’ll send you the links AND a checklist).

Question Number Four (in two parts)

What helped you to be more successful in 2018 WITHOUT working harder or longer? Maybe you reduced your meeting time or streamlined some processes…. Or spent focused time talking to your team rather than getting stuck in email trails……?

Now…… what things waste your time and energy and need to be much sharper and punchier in 2019?

These two questions are a great ‘brain dump’ type of exercise. Just list everything that comes to mind.

These questions are great for you personally – AND you can use them to kick start your next team meeting.