4 Powerful Coaching Questions for the New Year

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”  – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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We’ve been on the topic of questions here on the blog for the last couple of weeks. We spoke about asking good questions, and how asking the right question is an important part of finding a good solution to your challenges.

Before we leave this topic, I want to share some powerful questions you can ask yourself as you look ahead and make plans for the new year.

To start, here’s a question my good friend Karyn Greenstreet encouraged me to ask myself recently.

Question #1: What did I accomplish this year?

Karyn recommends that before you start making plans for the year ahead, you should first make a list of everything you accomplished in the current year.

So much of what we do as business owners depends on our mindset. What better mindset to have going into a new year than one of confidence due to our achievements?

You might be thinking, “But I haven’t done much this year!”

Do this exercise anyway. Once you get started, you’ll remember all sorts of accomplishments — personal and business — that you can add to your list.

Spend as much time as you need to create a thorough list of all you’ve accomplished this year. When you’re done, take a good look at it, congratulate yourself, and move on to Question #2.

Question #2: What do I want to accomplish next year?

Once you’ve listed your accomplishments, work on your broad goals for the year ahead.

Maybe you have a lot of goals, or maybe they’re so large and scary you feel like backing away from them before you’ve even started.

My recommendation is to ask yourself this question about what you want to accomplish in the year ahead: “What would I be upset to not accomplish in 2014?”

Home in on these absolute must-accomplish goals, then move on to Question #3.

Question #3: What do I want to accomplish in the first quarter of next year?

Once you have your overall goals in mind, get realistic. Think about the first quarter of the year only, and decide what you’ll accomplish then.

Since the first quarter of the year is almost here, look ahead in your calendar. You may already have personal and professional commitments penciled in during these months. Take them into account as you decide what you’ll focus on at the start of the year.

The idea here is to not overwhelm yourself with too many plans, which can lead to inertia. Be realistic about what you’ll accomplish, then move on to Question #4.

Question #4: What do I want to accomplish next month?

Once you know what you want to get done next quarter, take a look at January alone, and make plans for that month only.

Here’s where you can get very specific. What do you want to accomplish each week?

Break down your goals into specific tasks. Give yourself no more than three major tasks to accomplish each day.

Allow for downtime, and for time to socialize, take care of yourself, and stay healthy.

Need extra help to make it all happen?

Working with someone one-on-one helps you power through your goals and get more accomplished. You feel supported, get new ideas, and have the accountability you need to make real progress.

This month, I’m finishing up with my most recent VIP Coaching clients. That means I’ll have five openings in my VIP Coaching program soon.

But you don’t want to start coaching this week, do you? Me neither. Because of the holidays ahead, we’ll start working together in January.

That said, I know that many of you — for tax purposes — want to invest in your business now so you can report the expenses this year instead of next. More expenses = a lower tax bill.

If that sounds like you — or if you’re just looking ahead and you know you’d like support to accomplish your goals — read on.

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It’s a busy time of year, so you don’t have to fill it out now if you don’t have time. Once you send it to me, you can make your first coaching call appointment.

This is private, one-on-one coaching. We’ll work through January, February and March. You’ll get an email check in from me each week, and we’ll have a one hour recorded call every month.

We can work on:

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  • Breaking down your goals into action steps so you can make progress faster
  • Putting together an email newsletter to promote your business
  • Finding the best resources and tools for you for branding, marketing and website creation
  • Creating an online course you can offer to your customers
  • Building checklists for common technical tasks so you can breeze through them
  • Automating your processes to make your business more efficient
  • Developing a successful blog
  • Brainstorming ebook topic ideas, and how to market your ebook

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To get the special price, go to the VIP Coaching page and click on the payment plan you prefer. Use the coupon code SAVE97 to save $97 on VIP Coaching.

The coupon expires December 25 at midnight.

What are your plans for the new year?

I’d love to hear about what you’ve got planned for the new year. Page down to the comments section and tell me all about it!

Comments

  1. says

    I love the way this breaks down Pamela and especially asking ourselves what we accomplished this year. It forces you to sit and think for a moment and either realize you haven’t accomplished as much as you thought you did or you accomplished way more than you thought you did or would!

    My goal this last month was to find an editorial calendar that worked for me. I keep a lot of notes in Evernote with post ideas so I am never at a loss for something to write about.

    I organized a lot of post ideas into regular categories and am spreading them out on the calendar. Some will turn into posts, some maybe into ebooks (or both)! We’ll see, haven’t finished planning quite yet!

    • says

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this, Marianne!

      Love the idea of planning ahead with your content. If you’re on WordPress, there’s a great plugin called WordPress Editorial Calendar that’s a big help: you can map out your posts over weeks and months and create draft posts that are ready for you to start writing into.

  2. says

    I have already answered two of these questions: what I accomplished this year and what I want to accomplish next month.

    I haven’t fully planned the year yet. My main goal is to establish/develop my upcoming blog, then start working on my Kindle and niche sites projects, then start offering writings services, probably by the end of next year. Lot of things for next year, but possible. The mistakes I made in the past will definitely help.

    I might need to be a little more specific about my general goals (Set deadlines and so forth).

    Anyways, thank you for sharing this, Pamela :) I have been focusing too much on launching the blog that I forgot to properly plan my goals.

    Hope you have a great weekend!