I find the exercise of reflecting on the past year and setting fresh yearly goals fascinating, but the question “what do I want to do in 2017” too broad, unspecific and unhelpful. Over time I have developed and I keep extending a list of questions that helps me figure out, what my big level priorities for the year are. Here are the questions I used for setting my 2017 goals:
- What is my truth at the end of 2016? What have I learned in 2016 about myself and what I want in life?
- How do I feel right now? How do I want to feel at the end of 2017?
How do I want 2017 to be same as 2016?
- How do I want 2017 to be different from 2016?
- Where can I imagine myself to be in 2047? What role will 2017 play in my journey towards 2047?
- What are good habits from 2016 I want to keep in 2017?
- What are bad habits from 2016 I want to work on removing?
- What are good habits I want to start in 2017?
- What will make me love myself more in 2017?
- What do I want to learn in 2017? What passions do I want to test? What hypothesis about life and myself do I want to test? What skills do I want to learn?
- How do I want to grow as a human being in 2017?
- What are my dreams right now?
- What are dreams I have been postponing / procrastinating on?
- What dreams do I actually want to pursue in 2017?
- What are the big personal challenges I have identified for myself in 2016? What are my biggest opportunities for personal growth?
- What current engagements do I have? Which ones do I want to continue? Which ones do I want to bring to an end? Are there new engagements I want to pursue in 2017?
- What communities do I want to actively contribute in 2017?
- Which mentors do I actively want to engage with in 2017? How can I support them?
- Who will I mentor in 2017? How will I do it?
- I always enthusiastically choose too many yearly goals at the beginning of the year, but then throughout the year I can only focus on a few. What if I can only choose 10? 5? 3? 1?
- If I do this one thing in 2017, it will be a worthwhile year. What is that one thing?
- What structures and processes do I put in place to make sure I keep myself accountable to these goals and don’t just forget about them?
- How will I know if I reached my goals or not? Do I care about measuring it?
I also recommend, from other writers:
- the 2016 Reflection Guide by the Holstee crew.
- 10 Intentions (Not Resolutions) For 2017
- Creating Your 2017 “To Be” List
Have a great 2017, everyone!