During this time of frantic year-end promotions, rather than riding the wave of promotion and joining in, my thought is it’s time to pause and reflect. I even saw one post from an executive coach that said ‘next year starts now.’ No it doesn’t, next year starts next year. Now is now. I’m pretty sure about that.
If you have a chance, take time to consider the questions listed below. Think about them for yourself, your business, your team, your organization, your family, your friendships, your state in life. You might enjoy the exercise.
THE YEAR PAST
- What went Well?
- How did you grow this past year?
- What were your peak moments, and why?
- What’s not working?
Wrap up your year by giving it a theme “2017 was the year of _______________”
THE YEAR AHEAD
- What do you want more of?
- What action steps will you take?
- What kind of person do you want to be?
- Who will you connect more with?
- What’s your mantra (or word) for 2018?
Choosing a Word or a phrase to guide your year can be a great way to stay grounded. I learned this tactic from an executive I worked with a few years ago. I’ve found the process to be so powerful I do it each year. I shared the idea with friends who’ve enjoyed it. Each year we’ll discuss what our new word will be and reflect on the previous year’s word.
This year my word is Open. I chose the word pretty quickly without realizing how powerful it is. It’s a great theme, ‘open to ideas, open to failure, open to possibilities, open to being wrong, open to different revenue streams, open to partnerships, open to conversations, open to connecting. . . Open.
I hope you enjoy every minute of this year as you plan to embark upon the next.
photo credit: Tephramiriam Communications, Printers Row, Chicago, IL 2017