I was out for dinner with friends the other night, and we got to talking about the fact that some of the big decisions we have made in life didn’t feel like choices that were made actively; they just sort of happened. I likened it to musical chairs - when the music stops, you choose the chair closest to you, and then you sit down.
I don’t want to live like that. I want to make active choices, and I want to be purposeful about the things that I am spending my time working towards. I think one of the best ways to set ourselves up to be clear about what we want moving forward is to take stock of what’s gone down. And what better time to do that than at the end of the year.
To help provide clarity – and to avoid the musical chair situation in 2024, I’ve compiled a list of questions for you to consider for yourself. Hopefully this list is helpful - over the next few weeks, try to spend some time marinading on what you actually want for the year ahead.
What was the best moment of this year?
What is the most important goal you achieved this year?
What was your biggest career accomplishment of the year?
What are the ways in which you have grown or evolved over the last year?
What was the biggest mistake of the year? And what was the lesson learned as a result?
What was the single biggest time waster over the last year?
What goals were not achieved this year and why?
If you could go back to the beginning of the year, what would you do differently?
What do you want the theme for 2024 to be? Where are you going to focus your attention?
What would you like to be different one year from today?
Wishing you and your people all the best in the year ahead. I hope that you choose to choose your chair(s) when the music stops.