December 2015

Surprise Yourself with this Gift

December is the perfect time of year to take a few moments to stop and reflect on the past twelve months.  Think of the act of reflection as a gift we give to ourselves.  We move so fast throughout the year, that we can easily overlook all that we’ve  learned over the year to help determine what might be possible in 2016. 

It just takes moments to reflect back and explore a few simple questions.  Grab a notebook or journal to see if answering the questions below helps you celebrate and identify what is most important to continue or do differently in the coming year.  Just scheduling a little time over the next few weeks to do this reflection may offer you some important insight that you might not otherwise recognize.

I frequently ask leaders I coach to STOP for just fifteen minutes each day to step back and reflect on the big important goals to move forward that week and to identify just one action to take.  They tell me it's the best exercise to ensure they’re not caught up in the daily fire drills and lose sight of the big picture. These concepts are fully explained in my book, Simple Shifts.

Year-End Reflection Questions

Think about your most significant leadership experiences in 2016 as you answer the following questions:

  • What are you most proud of in 2015? What were your leadership successes and accomplishments?
  • What were your key lessons learned?  Which lessons will you take with you in 2016?  
  • What did you start doing in 2015 that you want to continue doing in 2016?
  • How are you different now than you were a year ago?
  • What changed this year, and what was your response to those changes and your impact on others?  

As you think forward to 2016, reflect on these questions:

  • What do you want for yourself in 2016? Less stress? More balance?  Better organized? Reach a higher income? Become more efficient?  Communicate more effectively? Get promoted?  Develop into a more successful leader?
  • Who do you need to become to accomplish your most important plans or goals?  What is it time to let go of and to begin?
  • What personal growth will you want to celebrate in December 2016?

Final Step

As you spend those moments reflecting, pay close attention to your self-talk, and any patterns you notice.  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, take the time to stop and give yourself the gift of reflection. 

And… if you want a thought partner to help you move forward with your answers and insights, give yourself the gift of a great coach!

Happy Holidays!

Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful. -Margaret J. Wheatley

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