It is that time of year when we reflect on the past 12 months and set some goals for the coming year. For me, 2016 was a swirl of firsts (including my first child), challenges, activity and general busyness. I will admit that most of the year was spent reacting to all the things coming at me and not enough spent strategically. With that in mind, my goal for 2017 is to ask more questions to keep myself focused on my goals, improve relationships and be more mindful. Here are nine ways I believe questions will make my 2017 a success:
- Questions to get to know someone.
What is on your reading list? What is your favorite thing to do? Where are you from?
- Questions to grow my organization and serve members better.
What trends are game changes for my organization? What are my members’ challenges and how can we meet them? What do we need to do today to be better in the future? What isn’t working?
- Questions to resolve conflict.
What would you like to see happen? How do we move forward? What ideas do you have that would meet everyone’s needs? Tell me more about that? What is bothering you?
- Questions to be a better leader.
What do you need from me? How can I learn from this? What will I do today that will matter a year from now? What are the three things holding us back right now? Why? Why not?
- Questions to be more open-minded.
What assumptions am I making? Am I judging? How else can I feel about this?
- Questions to get things done.
What is holding me back from accomplishing this goal? How can I break barriers? Am I using my time well? Is there a more efficient way to do this?
- Questions to set my priorities.
What is my most urgent personal and professional problem or challenge? Am I spending my time on my priorities? What are my core values and are my priorities in alignment with them? Am I doing what I love and getting better at it?
- Questions to be more mindful.
How am I feeling? What is making me stressed or overwhelmed? What do I fear the most? What am I grateful for?
- Questions to better understand my world.
What is going on in my community, state, country and world? Am I getting a balanced perspective of events? How can I get involved?
My hope is that my questions will lead me to listen more, make stronger connections, explore myself, accomplish more and have a strategic and successful year.