This is the time of year when many of us choose to reflect on the year that was and to plan for the year ahead. Get smart, strategic and in the process set yourself up for success.

Things to think about before you rush headlong into New Years resolutions.

So that you don’t end up with a long long list of unattainable or conversely, wishy-washy goals, think about giving yourself the gift of time to reflect. It could be useful to do some deeper work to figure out your “why” and to set S.M.A.R.T.  (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely) goals.  Not ground-breaking advice, but eminently sensible if I do say so myself!

I’ll assume that there are a few of you like me, in that your brain is in “slightly fried” mode after a big year and merry festive season! Making that bold assumption, I’ve curated a few good articles and videos as a sampler to get a sensible New Year’s strategy and goals under way. They are at the bottom of this article.

What am I doing?

My goals will be simple and grounded in my four guiding words for 2017:

Global: Challenge myself to think and play big. Continue to build a global tribe to advance women.

Driven: Create the environment that enables my passion to be a change-maker, game-changer and thought leader for gender equality. Be the doer! Get Shit Done!

Vulnerable: Building a brand and reputation as a global, passionate, thought leader means having the courage to be vulnerable, time and time again.

Committed: See things through. Learn to say no. Remain committed and focussed on my purpose and big hairy audacious goals.

Here’s some reading, watching and listening that may help you.


3 Powerful Ways to Figure Out What You Want
3 Ways for Women to Get What They Want
The Inclination Point


Keep Your Goals to Yourself
How to Find Work You Love (I LOVE this one! Especially the Warren Buffett quote)

I wish you a happy, healthy, prosperous and purposeful New Year!
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