Want a vintage year? Here’s a good place to start…

My good friend and top coach Andie Hemming is the brains behind this guest blog post.

Andie’s coaching exercises are always thought-provoking and insightful – highly recommended. So I’ll hand over to Andie…

HAPPY NEW YEAR! – I hope that 2016 is a wonderful vintage year for you full of excellent things! Now, this is rarely an accident (although I am a GREAT believer in serendipity) and so of course there are things we can do to make a vintage year more likely. So – it’s time for some investment in ourselves.

Here are a few things that can help to round up last year and prepare for this one – of course, you don’t need to answer all the questions if you don’t want to – you’ll know which ones are important for you. This is also quite a nice little team building exercise – suitably edited of course!! You can make it a short one over a cuppa and use it to celebrate what was good and learn from what wasn’t in 2015 and prepare for 2016. Just substitute ‘our’ for ‘my’.

So – here we go…  

Take a few minutes to reflect on 2015

1. What was my biggest triumph last year?

2. What was the smartest decision I made last year?

3. What one word best sums up and describes my experience of 2015?

4. What was the greatest lesson I learned last year?

5. What generally went well?

6. What didn’t work out as I had hoped?

7. What unexpected joys did I discover?

8. What unexpected obstacles came up?

9. How did I deal with the obstacles?

10. Could I have done anything differently, with the benefit of hindsight?

11. Are there any unrealistic expectations that I need to let go of?

12. What is my biggest piece of unfinished business from last year?

13. What am I most happy about completing last year?

14. Who were the three people that had the greatest impact on my life last year?

15. What was the biggest risk I took last year?

16. What was the biggest surprise from last year?

17. What else do I need to do or say to be complete with last year?

Looking ahead to 2016

1. What would I like to be my biggest triumph this year?

2. What advice would I like to give myself this year?

3. What are my goals for the coming year?

4. What steps must I take to get each goal started?

5. What are my dreams for the coming year?

6. What steps can I take to change each dream into a goal?

7. What would I be most happy about completing this year?

8. What treat am I going to give myself this year?

9. What would I most like to change about myself this year?

10. What am I looking forward to learning this year?

11. What do I think my biggest risk will be this year?

12. At work, what am I most committed to changing and improving this year?

13. What is one – as yet undeveloped – talent that I would like to explore this year?

14. What brings me the most joy and how am I going to do or have more of that this year?

15. What one word would I like to have as my theme for this year?

Once your goals have been set, ask these questions

1. How will I structure the year to support my goals?

2. How do the elements of my lifestyle support reaching my goals?

3. How can I change the non-supportive elements?

4. Where do I need to be more disciplined?

5. Where do I need to relax?

6. How am I measuring progress towards my goals?

7. How will I celebrate milestones and accomplishing my goals?

A book suggestion to support this – Gene Hayden’s “The Follow-Through Factor: Getting from Doubt to Done” – It’s a good read – full of strategies on how to achieve your goals.


Thanks Andie! You can find out more about Andie and her work here.

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