The end of the year is a time of excitement and energy.
It seems that each year these couple of weeks go by WAAAYYYY too fast; before I know it, it's January again!
Block out some time to reflect.
Gather your calendar (printout if possible) and a notebook, and go lock yourself in a conference room (or coffee shop) for an hour.
For just 60 minutes, review your accomplishments over the past year and start dreaming about the year ahead.
Ask yourself the right questions and you will gain valuable insights to begin the new year with energy and focus.
Take it one month at a time. Start by reviewing what you did, where you were, how things were going LAST January. As you scan those 31 days on your calendar, ask these questions to gain perspective on where you were about a year ago.
1. Why did I go for what I did?
Review several goals you set out to achieve last year. For each, clarify the "why" behind the what. Describe in DETAIL your motive for action; that is, "What was the purpose of you working toward each goal?"
2. Who was there for me?
Identify at least 5 people who helped you over the past year. What, specifically, did they help you with? Write a letter to each one letting them know the part they played in your success over the past year.
3. What am I proud of?
Last year, you got things done; there's no debate there. But, of all the projects you completed and events you attended, write a few paragraphs about the 5 MOST important ones...the achievements you know you'll talk about years from now.
They say time flies when you're having fun.
No matter how you look at it, another year is about to start. Want to make it better?
Look back, learn, and plan for a future even brighter than today.