In my last article I discussed the importance of getting beyond information overload,  juggling to-do lists and managing email 24/7 , and instead beginning to identify what’s most important to you in your role, work and career. As we begin the new year,  it’s a great time to get clear on just that:

  • What’s most important to you as a leader in your organization (or role)?
  • If you could only do one thing to bring more success to your work/career in 2010, what would that be?
  • What do you want to be spending more time on?

How great does it feel to start a new year with fresh ideas and new goals?  Personally, I love the sense of possibility and excitement that a new year brings.  But in order to successfully produce what we want in the future and fully intend to commit to our goals.  As leaders and executives, it’s as important to reflect on the past. Learn from it, accept it, close it, celebrate it.  Do whatever it takes to “complete” 2009 in order to create more space for what you want next.

Step 1:  Reflect on 2009.

1)   List all of your Wins, Gains and Breakthroughs.

2)   List all of your Losses, Disappointment and Breakdowns.

Now, are any of these past events still consuming you as you try and move forward?  Was there a promotion you were vying for that didn’t happen that’s creating negative energy?  Did you close fewer deals than you’d hoped and feel a sense of disappointment? For any of the above that need closure, take the time to do what’s necessary to make that happen.  Accept it, acknowledge it, or do what it takes to complete it now.  Whatever you do, don’t beat yourself up.  It’s time to move on.

Ask yourself:  What are you willing to let go of in order to achieve more success in 2010?

More to come on how to gain more success in 2010.