December 2012

The Gift of Reflection

December is a great time of the year to give yourself the gift of reflection.  Look back at all that you’ve accomplished over the year to help determine what might be possible for you in 2013.

It just takes a few moments to reflect back and explore a few simple questions. Keep a notebook or journal handy and see if answering the questions below can help you to celebrate and recognize your accomplishments and to identify what you want to do differently in the coming year. Just scheduling a few moments over the next few weeks to do this reflection may offer you some insight that you might not otherwise recognize.

One of the most powerful ways that I coach leaders and executives is to ask them STOP for just fifteen minutes each day to reflect on the goals that they’re trying to accomplish that week to make sure that they’re not caught up in the daily fire drills.  My February newsletter illustrated the detailed technique for a daily 15-minute reflection and a weekly 30-minute meeting with yourself.   My clients tell me it’s one of the best small changes they’ve made to create the biggest improvements and successes in their lives and their businesses.  I was just at a business meeting last week where the speaker reiterated the importance of slowing down and taking time to reflect in order to move forward effectively. 

Reflection Questions

As you think about your most significant experiences in the past year, try answering the following questions:

  • What are you most grateful for in 2012? What were your successes and accomplishments?
  • What were your key lessons learned? How might you respond differently, or more effectively given similar situations?
  • What factors most influenced the way you were feeling, thinking or responding?
  • To what extent were your actions in alignment with your values?
  • What you want to close out in 2012? What’s been completed? What is no longer a priority?  What can you let go of?

As you think forward to 2013, reflect on these questions:

  • What do you want for yourself in 2013? Less stress? More balance?  Better organized? Reach a higher income? Become more efficient?  Communicate more effectively? Develop into a more successful leader?
  • In what areas of your life do you want to succeed? Who do you need to become to lead your organization, team or business to accomplish your most important plans or goals?

As you spend these moments reflecting, pay close attention to your inner dialogue. What do you repeatedly say to yourself that might prevent you from reaching the kind of success you desire?

As you celebrate the holidays with your family and friends I hope you’ll take the time to stop and give yourself the gift of reflection.   And… if you find you need a thought partner to help you move forward with your answers and insights, give yourself the gift of a great coach!

Enjoy the Holidays!

"Usually, when the distractions of daily life deplete our energy, the first thing we eliminate is the thing we need the most: quiet, reflective time. Time to dream, time to contemplate what's working and what's not, so that we can make changes for the better".
― Sarah Breathnach

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