As we move toward the end of the year, you will no doubt start to think about what you want to achieve next year.
But before you do, there are some important things to do.
This has been one of the most extraordinary years of our lives with the world changing in an instant as Corona Virus swept the globe. We have had to change the way that we work, live, and interact with each other and the world. And many of us have experienced losses of one form or another.
Whatever has gone on in the world and in each of our lives, we have all moved on since a year ago and one of the things we are generally not very good at is recognising our own achievements.
Take some time this week to recognise what you have achieved this year, the progress you have made, the impact you have had and all the things you are grateful for.
What is your positive story for the last year?
Not just at work, but in your personal life as well. Include all of the big things and small things.
As well as the major achievements, make sure that your list is comprehensive and includes all the things that you might otherwise dismiss as run-of the-mill or "just part of my job".
Things on my list are things like various DIY tasks, choosing just the right present to delight my wife on her birthday, all of the thank you emails and testimonials from clients who have got unstuck in their career and are now going to work with a smile on their face.
See how long you can make your list.
When I sat down to do my list over lunch one day I came up with three pages for me and one each for my children. They'll have more, but it will get them going.
Include all the things you’ve done, what you’ve achieved, and who you are now compared to back then.
Are you more confident?
Are you doing something you never even dreamed would be possible?
What impact have you had and what are you grateful for?
This is an exercise that can be fun to do with a group of colleagues or friends, or with your family.
A fun way to do this is to get together as a group and then go round in turn.
When it's your turn you have to say one thing, starting with one of the following:
This year I ...
Positive reflection is crucial for a number of reasons
Now, go and create your list for the last year.
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