The year is about to end and 2017 is just around the corner. It is once again time to contemplate on the things that has happened, the things you have achieved and the things you’re looking forward to achieve in the year to come.
The journey was not without doubts, pitfalls and disappointments. You’ve had your fair share of moments where you felt like you were on the brink of giving up. But of course, you also have to remember that this is normal in any journey. What’s more important is for you to keep in mind that with hard work and perseverance, good things will definitely come to you. Hand in hand, we can continually work on discovering the career path that can provide you with the satisfaction and success you aim to achieve.
Reflect and think about the positive and negative aspects of your year
For this year, reflect and ask yourself the 3 questions that can help you discover what you want to do in life. Evaluating yourself can help you stay in focus as well as remind you of the things that are vital to your personal success.
To help you out, here are some guiding questions you can answer to assess your successes and challenges this year:
1) What are your top accomplishments from this year that you’re most proud of? Why?
Did you conquer your interview jitters? Have you received referrals? Did you get hired for your dream job? Did you receive compliments from your boss? Did you do something out of your comfort zone? Why do you consider these things as accomplishments? List these down since these are all causes for celebration.
2) What results or value did you create in your work this year?
Did you take matters into your own hands this year? What were the initiatives you took that resulted into satisfactory outputs? What were the qualitative and quantifiable results? Can you say that you had an active part in providing an added value to your work? If you’re looking for a new job in the new year, these answers will help highlight your contribution.
3) What knowledge, skills, and experience did you gain this year?
Have you learned new things this year? What have you attained that helped increase your marketability? What additions will help you stand out among other candidates?
4) What are you most grateful for this year?
What are the things you are thankful for? Were there people or opportunities that have largely contributed to where you are now? Evaluate and recognize their role in your success because without their influence, some things may not be within reach today.
5) What challenges did you face this year? What lessons did you learn from each of them?
What were your struggles this year? What lessons did you learn from each and every one of them that has equipped you to become more capable of overcoming future struggles that will come your way?
6) How would you rate the level of satisfaction of the work you do? (0 being extremely not satisfied, 10 being extremely satisfied)
How satisfied are you with the work that you are currently doing? Are you extremely satisfied? If not, what more can you do to ensure your personal satisfaction in the work that you do today?
7) What would it look like where your level of work satisfaction is a 10?
What are the factors that would make you rate your work satisfaction a 10? What would be the work that you do and the opportunities within reach?
How do you plan to go about 2017?
Aside from pointing out the things that has happened this past year, it is also important to be prepared and to plan ahead for the incoming year. You can write these down and keep it as some sort of commitment note you can periodically review and use to evaluate yourself next year.
8) What 3 aspects are important for you to focus on in 2017?
What do you want to focus on? Choose the top 3 things you want to achieve the most so that you can focus on working towards accomplishing these goals.
9) What are five words that describe how you want to feel in 2017?
Do you want to feel successful, empowered, or satisfied? Think of 5 key words that aptly describes how you want feel in 2017.
What type of experiences can you gain that will help you feel that way?
Of course it wouldn’t do for you to simply sit around and wait for something to happen. You have to take charge and take part in experiences that will help you feel that way.
10) What do you want to achieve? What do you want to celebrate by end of 2017?
The same way that you looked back this year, you will also be looking back by the end of next year. What will you have achieved by then? What do you want to be able to celebrate by the end of 2017?
11) What do you need to say no to? What do you need to let go of?
Are there bad habits you need to shed off? Do you need to let go of negativities, fears and doubts? You have to be able to recognize these things so that you will be aware of what you need to get rid of to be your best self.
12) What do you want to say yes to?
If there are things you need to say no to, what are the things you want to say yes to? Take courage and believe in your capabilities so that you can embrace opportunities bravely and confidently.
13) What knowledge and skills do you want to sharpen that will enhance your marketability?
What are you really good at? Are there certain knowledge and skills you want to develop that will give you a competitive edge? Are there any particular training or courses you want to take? Take the time to identify the key things you want to learn so that you can concentrate on honing it and allow you to differentiate as a marketable and valuable candidate or employee.
14) What’s your theme word for 2017?
Try to come up with a theme word you’re going to live by this year. Let it be a the main theme of the things you want to achieve and how you’re going to go about achieving them. Let it be something you can use to remind and motivate yourself in moments where you feel like giving up.
Life will always be a continuous journey of sweat and hard work. However, it will also give you the sweetest joys of success and accomplishments. Do not be discouraged if you don’t get your desired results right away. Just stay true to who you are, believe in yourself and your confidence will shine through. And if you’re looking to make a career change or get a new job in the new year, you’re more than welcome to book a consultation call with me. It’s free and can hopefully help you get an insight on what to you want and how to start going about attaining it.
But of course, during the holidays, take the time to be with your family and friends. Take courage and strength from the love you have for each other and be reminded why you do the things you do and who you’re actually doing it for. Sending you the warmest greetings and we wish you nothing but the best this season. Cheers to a fruitful year and an even more successful next one. Happy Holidays!