Satisfied with the last ten years? Eager for the next ten? Or does thinking about this overwhelm you because you’re not even sure what you should focus on? Asking the right questions is a big part of the process. When working with leaders who are making adjustments, corrections and re-evaluations in life, I guide them to ask the following:
1) What “social capital” do I have that can be invested in my future?
2) What defining moments have shaped my view of the world as I look at the next 10-30 years?
3) What motivates me about my current work (other than making money) that I would like to carry forward? (negotiation skills, the art of the deal, connecting with people, strategic analysis, making the sale, helping a client be successful, controlling my time, leveraging my network, etc.)?
4) How can I enhance my capacity for what I want to do next? (reduce hours, re-define focus, downsize the organization’s need for me to be there, build new networks, redeploy funds toward launching my next era, taking a personal retreat to reflect and explore options, etc.)
5) What are my energy drivers? (Where do my passions lie? What gets me up in the morning? Identify areas of joy, inspiration, and enthusiasm in any area of life)
What are the questions you need to be asking yourself? Do you have someone to help you with the process?