As the year winds down, my thoughts always turn introspective.
I like to reflect upon the year that has passed and figure out ways to make the coming year amazing.
Here are some things to think about to close out the old year:
- Looking back, what immediately comes to mind (this can be good or bad!)
- What lessons were learned?
- What idea, things or people were let go? (literally or figuratively)
- What was great about the year?
- What areas of life made you crazy?
- What do you need to rant about in order to move on? (and then do it – write it down and then have a burning ceremony – it’s incredibly cathartic!)
- What are you genuinely grateful for from the past year?
Here are some things to think about as you dream and plan your amazing new year:
- What gifts do I want to give myself this year?
- What promises do I want to make?
- This year will be the year that I _________
- What do I need to learn to do? (Think anything from Excel pivot tables to belly dancing!)
- What relationships need to be started, ended, or nurtured?
- What is ONE thing I want to improve about my health this year?
- What room in my house needs the most attention?
- What wild adventure trip do I want to take this year? (OK, wild might be stretching it!)
- What’s the most important thing I can do to improve my financial picture this year?
- How can I contribute to my community this year?
I get excited just THINKING about those questions!
A question you may be asking yourself about now is “What does this have to do with leadership?”
My answer is “Everything!”
We are whole people (one might assume…). What happens at home affects work and what happens at work affects our home lives.
It is in the best interest of every human and therefore every leader (again with an assumption…) to take care of themselves as a whole person and ENCOURAGE THEIR EMPLOYEES TO DO THE SAME!
As the last few work days of the year wind down, leaders should encourage employees to think about the questions above and give them time to do so.
It’s time to let go of all frenzied “gotta get this done or the world as we know will end” thoughts and think bigger than the fire right in front of you. Think deeply. Reflect. Get motivated by all the amazing things you want to do in 2017.
No, motivation won’t get all that done, but it’s a start. And that’s what this time of year should be. Start letting go of the past year. Start the new year feeling invincible.
Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas season and an amazing New Year!
Leaving you with this from the lighter side: I’ve reached an age where my train of thought often leaves the station without me!