Earlier on in my business, I was working with a business coach and one of the most valuable things that he taught me was the need to reflect back over the past year. The point of this is not to look back, but to see where you came from, the strides that you made, the challenges that you overcame, and the failures that you faced. So often, we only focus on what we don’t currently have that we are blind to the great things that we have accomplished. So, with understanding where you came from, you are better able to see where you need to recalibrate to know where you need to go.

I love to tackle this project the week between Christmas and New Year’s.  I still am shocked that the year has passed by, but excited about what the new year has to bring, both personally and professionally. Below is the process that I go through for my professional reflection (I’ll leave the personal up to you). To complete this, I make sure that I am in a quiet space and approach each question with honesty and specificity. I personally use a journal all year long and at the back of the journal do my reflection, so I can always look back on it. However, you can use whatever feels most comfortable for you.

Step 1: Always start with your WHY

  • Over the course of the next year, where do you want to be professionally and why? 5 years? 10 years?

  • When you achieve this, how will you feel? How will your life be different?

Step 2: Looking back

  • Last year, today, where were you at?

  • Over the course of the last year, what I am most proud of?

  • What are three things that you did to get you closer to your goal?

  • What challenges did you face? Did you overcome them?

  • What didn’t work this past year and why? What did you/are you going to do to change that?

  • After this last year, where are you at today?

Step 3: Recalibrate      

  • Are you on track to meet your goal? Why or why not?

  • What are the things that you need to start doing? Do differently? Or stop doing?

  • Are you doing everything it takes to get to where you want to be? (Be honest) If not, why not?

Step 4: Make a plan

  • What are three things that you are going to do (daily, weekly, monthly, etc..) to get you closer to your goal?

  • How will you measure your success? And how often will you “check-in” with yourself?

  • Is there anyone that can offer you unbiased support & accountability? (i.e. friend, family member, support group, coach, etc…)

This is your life, so stop letting it just “happen” to you and take control! Make 2019 be your year and have it be everything that you want it to be! If you need help creating a plan to take charge, let me know, I would be delighted to help you find that career that is full of passion and purpose.