The holidays are a hectic time but they are also a perfect occasion to engage in a bit of quiet reflection, to evaluate what has been and identify what’s most important to focus on in the new year.
I use this simple yet incredibly powerful exercise, which I invite you to try too.
As a leader, you can do it with your team; you will see that it opens up opportunities for a meaningful conversation.
You can also do it for yourself, in the company of family and friends. My kids grumble when I ask them to do this with me, and yet it always turns into a fun discussion which hopefully stays with them throughout the year.
- What are your proudest accomplishments from 2021?
- How will you acknowledge those achievements?
- What was most challenging for you?
- What did you not address that you intended to do? Are those things still important to you? If so, how can you address them moving forward?
- What did you learn about yourself and your world this past year?
- Are there things from 2021 you are want to leave in the past year?
PREPARING FOR 2022:
- Pick a word that describes how you want to be in 2022.
- What lessons from 2021 do you want to carry forward in the new year?
- Define a key professional and personal goal to stretch yourself in the coming year: The professional goal can be different from what you would define with your boss on the job. For example, you might consider a “being” instead of “doing” goal, like: “I want to be more empathic or a better listener.” For the personal goal: what would make you most proud and happy at this time next year when you look back and confirm you have done it?
- How will you make 2022 a great year? Define a few new patterns you want to embrace to keep yourself focused on your intentions and goals.
I am sending you tons of love for a wonderful holiday season and a bright new year.