Spending time in reflection is a great way to know where you are now. Acknowledging past mistakes, lessons learned, and accomplishments lets you know what needs to happen next and how far you’ve come.
Celebrate your accomplishments, we don’t do that often enough.
Reflecting on Mistakes and Needs
Make plans to learn from your mistakes.
- Do you need a course?
- Do you need to try something different?
- What are your next steps in January?
- Where do you want to go from here?
- What are the new dreams for the new year?
Take an assessment of your needs.
- Do you have the right people surrounding you?
- Are there any support items you need to have in place?
- Do you need to give something up and let someone else take care of it to move forward?
Reflect on All That You Do
Generally speaking, we do more than we should. We take on too much and don’t give ourselves the time to rest and relax.
- What can you take off your plate and give to someone else?
- What are the things that hold you back? The thing, that if someone else took care of it, would cause you to jump massively forward in your business and life?
- What is keeping you from letting that item go?
Reflection About Your “Reasons”
Maybe you’re not quite ready to give “it” up, but you could start preparing to hand that task over by determining what you need to do so. Money is not necessarily the main reason…because handing that task over would probably MAKE (and SAVE) you money…Gotta love those Catch 22s.
Nope, there are other reasons you’re not letting go. You don’t believe that anyone could do it as well as, or better, than you. You feel like you HAVE TO be the MASTER of it, before handing it off, so you don’t get jipped. You don’t trust that it will be done to your high specifications. You don’t think that you’ll ever be savvy enough to understand and you’ll be taken advantage of. Or maybe you fear that it will be a success and you just don’t know what to do with that. (That’s always the crazy one, right? Why would I be in business if I didn’t want to be a success? But it’s more common than you think.)
Reflection on What’s Next
Take some time to think about your business and what you’re doing, where you are, what you’ve accomplished. Think about those things that you avoid doing. Things that you feel some level of shame around. Bring them out of the closet, dust them off, and see what they’re really about.
Start thinking about what it would take to pass those tasks to someone else who enjoys doing them, who can bring a sense of excitement to them…who might be able to teach you a thing or two about them, so you don’t feel so lost (even after 5 years of “doing it yourself”).
As the end of the year is a time to look back on these things and forward to what’s next, try and take the time to work on acknowledging your accomplishments. If you want a little help getting started, check out the Accomplishment Record template and start recording your accomplishments weekly.