Your Year Ahead

With the new year quickly approaching, it is that time where people start to look ahead to what could be. Embrace the possibility of achieving new goals by checking-off these seven tips or by setting priorities.   

As you celebrate festivities with family and friends, get pumped up for what 2018 will bring – be sure to include an exercise of mindfulness and continue to live with integrity.

In this post you will find 10 questions to help guide you in embracing the new year. We invite you to sit down with a warm cup of cocoa with your journal and pen to write out your responses, or to think about them in your head.

10 Questions for 2018

  1. What possibilities are you looking forward to in 2018?
  2. What is one word that you plan to focus on in 2018?
  3. What is your vision for 2018?
  4. What new habits do you want to create in 2018?
  5. What skills do you want to learn or improve upon?
  6. What do you want to achieve career-wise?
  7. What kind of leader, peer, friend, partner (and other roles) do you want to be?
  8. What new experiences will you do in the new year to have more fun and enjoyment in your life?
  9. What one thing will you do to “give back” or be of service to your immediate community this year?
  10. What one person do you want to collaborate with this year?

Take a look at our other blog and celebrate your 2017, here.

Where we found inspiration for our questions:

Your Year in Review

With only 30 days left left until a new year, it is that time where people start to take stock of what they have done and look ahead to what can be. As you reflect on this journey, we encourage you to take an integrity check or to develop a habit of appreciation by creating a Gratitude Jar.

As you celebrate festivities with family and friends, celebrate the past 12 months as well – you deserve it! Reviewing your year is a great exercise of mindfulness and living in integrity.

In this post you will find, 17 questions to help guide you in reflecting on the past year. We invite you to sit down with a warm cup of cocoa with your journal and pen to write out your responses, or to think about them in your head.

Read over these 10 questions that get you ready for 2018, here!

17 Questions for 2017

  1. What was your proudest accomplishment this year, either personal or career related?
  2. What are three words that would describe your year?
  3. What did you learn about yourself this year?
  4. What, or who, are you most thankful for?
  5. What book or movie affected your life in a profound way?
  6. What were some of your core values that stuck with you in tough times?
  7. What topics did you enjoy learning most about?
  8. What habits did you intentionally create and keep in 2017?
  9. What advice would you give your early 2017 self?
  10. What is your biggest disappointment or regret this year?
  11. How did you manage your stress level this year?
  12. What held you back this past year?
  13. Where did you find inspiration this year?
  14. When was a time this year that you felt inspired about the work that you do?
  15. In what ways did you change the lives of others this year?
  16. In what area do you feel you have improved in the most?
  17. What was your aha moment of the year?

Where we found inspiration for our questions:

To Lead, Live & Look Ahead (Nov.)

Here at LeaderShape, we want to experience a world where everyone leads with integrity and lives in possibility. Where we work in community with one another. Where everyone sees their own gifts and finds ways to use them for the greater good.

We want to intentionally create spaces for others to be included and contribute in this world and then by doing so, lead others to do the same – “to lead, live and look ahead”.

This blog series is a place to find updates from our Community Engagement team at the beginning of each month. The updates will include #Day7, #LeaderShapeChat, and any other upcoming campaigns and projects you can participate in with us.

Day 7
This month, #Day7 focused on gratitude. Gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Expanding your gratitude can help you lead a happier and healthier life. LeaderShape gave tips and tricks to help you become a more grateful person in your everyday life. We had quizzes, articles, videos, and quotes to learn how to #PracticeGratitude in a fun and engaging way. Many fellow LeaderShapers got involved and it was a great success!   

Join us for this month’s LeaderShape Webinar Series on Thursday, November 16th at 12 p.m. CST. for The Power of Connection – Bridging the Divide with Vikas Narula!

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To register and attend, visit

Each month, we host a Twitter chat that exemplifies our belief of “to lead, live”. On Wednesday, November 29th, we encourage you to join us on Twitter at 12 p.m. CST for our #LeaderShapeChat about the year in review.

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LeaderShape Graduates
In October, we shined a light on four Institute graduates who are making a positive impact in this world each and every day. Thank you Denise & Rashad, Thalia, Eliza, and Christopher for all that you do, you are appreciated!

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If you would like to be a part of our “Where Are They Now” project, send an email to and we will share your story!