As 2019 draws to a close, it’s a time of reflection, looking ahead to 2020 and planning how you can have the best year yet.
How’s your 2019 been, in terms of your career? Have you achieved the goals you set out in January, is your work/life balance as it should be, did you get that promotion/pay rise?
Life can – and does – get in the way and we can all lose sight of our end goals and just carry on with the day-to-day without stopping to smell the roses or reflect on whether we’re happy and how we’re doing. Some of us have a ‘make do’ attitude and think we don’t deserve to be happier or have more money or success as we have ingrained beliefs that tell us this, so we create our own roadblocks to success. Others of us will experience concrete roadbocks which get in our way, whether that’s illness, being made redundant, dealing with a challenging boss or caring responsibilities which take focus away from work.
For my latest book, Power Up, I have developed the Power Up Model – a results-proven, practical resource which I’ve designed to help everyone assess their progress and Power Up day-to-day, so that they can fulfil their potential in all aspects of their life. It’s based on the surprising and not so surprising qualities that truly powerful people share. And by powerful people I mean those whose power is based on a win/win attitude rather than a binary I win/you lose.
Based on my research, I’ve found that truly powerful people are those who are clear about the outcomes they’d like to achieve and then consciously plan their approach to achieve that outcome. And that takes focus and a bit of time prioritising You.
I’d love to share an exercise to perhaps do over the Christmas break, on tuning into your power. Do take your time over this, as it could be the key to your success for 2020.
The questions below have been designed to help you increase your awareness of your purpose, as well as your identity, values and beliefs. All these are sources of your power.
These are not questions we usually reflect on and so the answers may not come quickly or easily. Allow the questions to percolate over time and remember, self-awareness is an ongoing process.
- As you think about your life to date and your aspirations for the future, what forces have propelled you forward and why?
- What moves you to take action; what are the causes that inspire you and why?
- Why have you chosen to live the life you lead? What difference do you want to make and how would you like to be remembered?
Role and Identity
- How do you define your role at work and in life?
- How is the way you lead your life an expression of who you are?
- When have you been at your most powerful and in what way?
Values and Beliefs
- What values do you represent and stand for?
- What are the principles that steer you and the values you hold dear?
- What beliefs do you hold to be true: how might they be supporting you or holding you back?
Moving from the general to the specific, consider the life you’re leading, events you’ve lived through and events coming up and think about what you want out of those sit- uations.
Consider your hopes, dreams, goals and objectives and what outcomes you want to attain. Getting super clear on what you want and expressing it isn’t selfish, it’s self-ful. Value yourself and your rights, but make sure you consider the world around you too, so that this doesn’t tip over into arro- gance or self-righteousness.
- Knowing that ‘what gets measured gets done’, what goals are you aiming to achieve over the next six, twelve months, eighteen months?
- How about in five years’ time, or ten years, where would you like to be then? What would you like to be doing? Who would you like to be?
- If you visualise yourself fully standing ‘in your power’, what will people see, hear and feel in your presence and what goals will you have accomplished to get there?
Do let me know how these questions made you feel, and I will share what we can do with these answers in the New Year, all taken from my Power Up book.