From: Ian’s Bold Career Dispatch <>
Subject: Reader, what's next for you in 2023?

Two questions to help you plan your professional year.

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I hope you’ve had a safe and wonderful holiday season so far Reader. On behalf of the team, we are grateful for you and we look forward to supporting your success in 2023 and beyond.

In the Dec 17th newsletter, I gave you 9 reflection questions to wrap up 2022. My intent with that issue and the subsequent few editions is to empower you to set up and pursue a truly transformational and successful professional year.

This is about review and planning, not New Year’s resolutions.

Today, I have two reflection questions focused on your current state and what you want (essential to making a worthwhile plan).

I encourage you to invest a few minutes in these exercises. You’ll either gain valuable clarity or validate your existing plans. Let’s get started.

1: How would you describe your current state? What kind of energy are you bringing to your first work week of 2023?

How you are feeling is a valuable signal.

  • Commitment

  • Excitement

  • Determination

  • Curiosity

  • Uncertainty

  • Apathy

  • Fear?

These energies can contain essential information about your professional priorities for the coming months.

And each contains the opportunity for professional growth, progress, and a richer, happier life.

Action: Write down the words describing how you feel about your work and professional life as you begin a new year. What do you think each might signal for you?

2: What’s next? What do you want?

What are your ideas, priorities and/or goals for your professional growth this year? What outcomes are you seeking?

Here are some prompts to get you started:

  • Apply the framework start, stop, more, less to anything that comes to mind about your work

  • Goals or initiatives assigned to you by your employer

  • Goals or ambitions that you want to pursue/achieve

  • Increased confidence in your abilities

  • Unlocking your potential

  • Solving internal issues holding you back

  • Improvement in your performance and how you navigate work

  • Increased opportunity (jobs, promotion, projects, exposure)

  • A more prominent role, more responsibility

  • Gains in compensation

  • Improving your leadership

  • A career change

  • A new role in a different organization

  • Creating or landing work that better fits your strengths, values and interests

  • Eliminating the feeling of risk or insecurity

  • The development of professional skills

  • Building your network, having more meaningful professional relationships

  • Building your profile and reputation in your market

  • Engineering a strategic move or setting up your own thing

  • How do you want to feel in your work and at home/personal life as a result of your work

  • Others?

As you can see, there are many ways to grow and progress that don't include a promotion or career move. I challenge you to be intentional, confident and courageous in how you view your professional future.

Action: Commit to 5-10 minutes of free-form writing on what you want. What comes to mind?

In next week’s issue, we will take the next step in developing your plan for your bold career year. For now, I wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

Ian Christie
CEO & Chief Career Strategist - Bold Career