Intention Setting For The New Year

Technically today, Monday is the first business day of 2016 and I feel the need to have some fresh direction for the coming year.  And as a solopreneur, I have no team to consult so I must do this for myself.  “Where do I begin?” I ask.  Well, whenever I’m asking that question, it’s a signal that I need to do some journaling.  However, the finished product must be succinct and easy to record on my Trello site so that I can return periodically to refresh my motivation and to access my progress.

 Then I remembered my blog post from 2010 Planning the New Year that suggested having a personal mini-retreat.  So that’s just what I did.  And I revived that Organizational Development (OD) process from the 1980’s called Appreciative Inquiry.  Of course a few minor adjustments were needed to make it work for a solopreneur.

 Appreciative Inquiry

 In my consulting work I used this process with many teams that wanted to set new intentions, new directions and goals.  It always worked well for the teams because it focuses on the positive using current and past successes as a way to discover possibilities for future action.  Individual team members came away with an enhanced sense of personal power and self-esteem.

 My Mini-Retreat

 I sat down with my journal in a sunny warm place away from all screens and distractions and where I could be totally relaxed.  I followed the Appreciative Inquiry  process in my journaling:
Discover -Tell the story about the best of what is right now and in the past year. Be sure to include why I am proud of it.
Dream -What possibilities are there for building on these successes; what hopes and dreams?
Design -From those possibilities, what direction shall I take?  What strategies and principles shall I adopt?
Deliver -What needs to be done?  How will I know I’ve been successful?
I was amazed and thrilled with the result – on two levels:
  • My ideas just flowed and I finished with a renewed direction that inspires me
  • I proved that this process once intended for organizational groups can work for a solopreneur with just a few tweaks
 Today your Mindset Monday challenge is to set your intentions for 2016 that will provide inspiration and direction. No doubt you have been thinking along this line but it’s very important to commit something to paper. If you would like to use the Appreciative Inquiry process and receive some guidance as you work your way through it, I’m here to help: Visit here