6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before 2018

Maggie Callahan

December 13, 2017

Six things to think about to ensure continuous professional development throughout 2018.

With three short weeks left in the year, this is usually the time to reflect on hardships and successes and set new goals and resolutions for next year. It is now that we can set ourselves up for growth and development for the upcoming 12 months.

Last month, the Four Winds Interactive Human Resources Department incorporated a company-wide initiative for all employees to write out their own Professional Development Plan (PDP). The idea of verbalizing your hopeful trajectory to your management can be extremely exciting but also requires vulnerability.

In writing my PDP, I realized that there were questions I had never asked myself about my future. It is easy to move comfortably from one day to the next… but that doesn’t always make things exciting. Thus, here are six questions to ask yourself as you create your future for 2018 and beyond.

1.     What do I want to get better at?

Some people claim that only thinking about your positive attributes can push you furthest in life and your career. I would argue that comfortability inhibits growth. When we step out of our comfort zones and are honest with ourselves about our flaws or attributes that are not as developed, we recognize ourselves as human. Nobody is perfect. We can all get better at a lot of things! This opens the opportunity to ask for help.

2.     Who do I want to get to know better?

Whether you need to spend more time with your boss, a career coach, the CEO, or maybe just yourself, this question is extremely important to personal growth. Surround yourself with people who will uplift you and teach you, even if it’s only in small ways.

3.     What am I doing to give back?

Volunteering, service or even just helping a friend in need are proven ways to increase happiness and sense of purpose. We all work for such a substantial portion of our lives, and that may make us feel extremely fulfilled, but there are so many things in this world that can use a little help. Recognizing that work and home are not the only pieces of your puzzle are huge for self-fulfillment and feelings of “success.”

4.     What are my current passions?

What stokes your fire? What makes you get out of bed in the morning and live your best life? Is it your family? Your animals? Your job? Write down your passions on a piece of paper and post it somewhere you can see them every day. Check back frequently and ask yourself, “how am I following my passions today?”

5.     Where do I wish I were spending my time?

This may be the most vulnerable question to ask yourself and to talk to your manager about. It can be taken in two ways:

  1.      What projects at work do I love and want to do more of?
  2.      If I didn’t have to be in the office every day, I would be _____.

This helps you look at what brings you to work every day and what inspires you outside of work. Notice both.

6.     How do I bring my best self to everything for ME?

One of our core values at FWI is “bring your best self.” I love this core value because it not only speaks to being empathetic for those around you but also being proud of yourself for everything you are and everything you bring to the table. I ask myself daily, “am I proud of the person I was today?

Here is to another new year of growth!

**This will be the final #trendingnow post of 2017. Looking forward to seeing you all in the new year!**

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