Happy Holidays! It’s the end of the year and I want to give you the gift of feeling like the girl in this photo. Every year I see people, and work teams, do their annual review by looking at all of the goals they didn’t accomplish in the year and dragging those into the new year. Can’t you just feel the heaviness?
What if instead you could take the best experiences from the current year, and build on those for the year to come:
What went well this year? In particular, what energized me and made me feel confident? Identify the top 10.
What was the impact of those accomplishments? On me, my team, my long-term plans.
How is that impact connected to my strengths and what I do best?
What was a drag? What didn’t go well and when did I lose confidence?
What insights did I/we gain this year?
Beyond accomplishing tasks how did I, or my team, grow? What personal challenges did I/we overcome?
What would 2017 look like if I/we could build on the energy and insights from 2016?
What goals can I/we identify each quarter that would get me/us there?
For tasks that don’t energize me, but I still have to do, how can I make those part of the bigger picture and not beat myself up for not loving them?
Light and fun. I do this exercise every year with clients, and for myself. Just stepping back from the grind to look at all that you’ve done is a wonderful gift to give yourself.
Happy Holidays to everyone, and see you in 2017!