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Ever since I began leadership coaching (about 15 years ago) I’ve asked my clients to choose a theme for the coming year. I’m going to ask you to do the same.

Over the years my clients have picked all manner of themes including ‘creating community’, ‘power’, ‘dialing back’, ‘authentic passion’ and ‘calm and quiet’.

What is a theme, you may be asking right now. Your theme is your big picture focus for the year ahead. I like to think of it as a personal mission statement.

Having an annual theme works. They connect all of your intentions into a single word or phrase. The simplicity of this is potent. It allows you to focus your priorities and actions.

When a new idea or opportunity arises you can say to yourself, ‘Does this align with my theme?’ And then it’s your choice how you respond.

I’ve personally found that continually making choices that align with my annual theme keeps me on track. I tend to have a more meaningful, purposeful year that brings me to my intended life destination.

This year my life theme is ‘collaboration’.  I wish to continually practice gratitude for all that I have in my life now and make the space to allow more of what matters most to me to flow into my life.  To me ‘collaboration’ means creating the time and space to focus on personal and family pursuits, and achieving some big business milestones.

What’s your 2015 theme? Print out this graphic and fill it in.

2015 theme


In other words, what's your focus for the year ahead.  Not quite sure yet?  Here are some questions to consider:

  1. What do I desire for my leadership and life in 2015?
  2. Which of my strengths will I tap into to to achieve what matters most to me?
  3. What will I need to let go of to achieve what I truly desire?
  4. How will I foster my personal and professional well-being (think mind, body, spirit)?
  5. How will I make each day in 2015 count?

Now finish this statement…'This will be the year of _________________.'

 Leadership Development:  Post your theme so you can view it easily.  You want to remind yourself of your focus for the year.  And do something (small or large) each day to move you toward your chosen destination.



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