For many, the end of the year provides a time to reflect and set goals for the year ahead. In my experience, however, the formal act of goal setting often comes with undue stress–the stress of worrying that you won’t be able to live out the goals that you have set for yourself or the ability to even establish them in the first place. This does not even account for the dread that the past year’s unmet resolutions can bring.


And so, over the last few years, I have chosen to frame things a bit differently. Instead of setting aside time the last week of December to make a to-do list for the coming year, I approach this period as a time to recalibrate how I move through the world and how I will tackle the challenges or opportunities that lie ahead of me. I also work with my team to help them do the same.


I know what I need and want to accomplish in the new year but establishing priorities and a plan for managing it all, is where this period of recalibration and reflection comes in hand. And while I won’t dive into it now, I have previously written about what I perceive to be the false narrative of work-life balance. Instead, I draw inspiration and energy from my personal life to fuel my professional one and vice versa. It is this recalibration time that allows me to reset and develop a plan to maximize my potential in all aspects of life.


For me, this process takes the form of taking a personal inventory. To facilitate this exercise, I answer the following set of questions that allow me to reflect and prepare for the year ahead:


  1. What activities (both personal and professional) over the last year brought me the most satisfaction, fulfillment, and pleasure?


  1. What can I do to help my team at Tampa General (both professionally and personally) throughout the year?


  1. Where did I experience the most success?


  1. Where do I have opportunities for growth and or improvement?


  1. What new activities (if any) do I want to start in the year ahead?


  1. What activities can I modify?


  1. What activities do I want to retire?


  1. Where do I want to devote more time? Where do I want to devote less?


  1. How and when will I check in on myself during the coming year?


  1. How will I celebrate successes (again, both personal and professional)?


  1. Who can help me on this path? On whom can I rely or on whom do I want to collaborate with this year? Who can provide me with honest feedback, and who is available for check-ins during the year? (This person could be a friend, a mentor, a colleague and or manager. You are looking for someone honest, unafraid to tell you what you need to hear, and operating without any personal agendas).


This exercise might be accomplished over a series of hours or days, but trust me, it will be worth the time. It will provide you with a sense of perspective, allow you to set aside some time to clear your mind, reset your clock, your attitude, and your approach as you get ready for a great and productive year.


As you prepare to ring in 2020, I wish you and your family a happy, healthy and joyous new year.

3 responses to “Recalibrating for the New Year

  1. Happy New Year John !!

    Thank you so much for being a great connector, leader, mentor, and a fair and kind leader in your family, in your communities, and at work. Having new goals set for the new year is a common activity for leaders at the end of each year; However, most leaders are not realized that tomorrow is not promised to any one. We must live day by day with fairness and kindness; Fairness and kindness will give us the opportunities to improve and be better leaders in tomorrow’s complex healthcare environment and a chance for us to live longer than tomorrow. John ! Thank you so much for leading by examples, being the best is not about the moment of reaching the top, but rather than the work of helping others to have a happier and healthier life at work, at home, and in the communities. Many leaders have been using revenue and cost as the first and the main tools to build or rebuild their leadership strategies for reaching the top; this is the main reason why our healthcare system is not yet the top healthcare system in the World. In the operational stand point, it’s possible to increase the levels of safety and keep the cost constant and simultaneously increase profits and improve patients’ health through 360 degrees of innovation. John ! Thank you so much for showing us the great leadership by demonstrating your effective and fruitful daily operations and leadership. and thank you so much for living up to what you have become”The best healthcare leader”. We will continue praying for you and your family. Happy New Year !! May God blesses you and your family thousands times more. Again, thank you so much for the great and the most valuable connection.

  2. John, this was very helpful to me in my business and personal life. Really made me think outside of the box.

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