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What Have You Learned? Reflect On Another Year

As we come to the end of the year it’s time for some reflection. What have you learned as a result of everything you’ve experienced this past year? Now is the time of year that we typically look back on the goals we set at the start of the year to evaluate how we’ve done. Hopefully this time last year you set yourself SMART goals. If you did, hopefully you now know if you achieved them or not. Did you achieve all your goals (business and personal)? Did you get feedback and check in on how it was going throughout the year? Was the end-of-year result a surprise for you? Hopefully it wasn’t. But this is also the time of year when it’s worth stepping back and look at the bigger picture of the year overall.


What Went Well?


Looking back at this past year – both business and personal – what do you think went well? Jot down some thoughts. We rarely stop and think about our successes, especially the small ones, so take a moment now to reflect. It will help you feel good about the year and prepare you to go into 2018 full of motivation. Enjoy the moment – and remember you can and should enjoy your successes all year round – not just at this time of year.


Lessons Learned?


Now look at the other side. What hasn't gone so well? What didn’t work out the way you expected it to? Take a few minutes and quietly reflect on the things that didn’t go the way you wanted, expected or hoped. What are your lessons learned from these experiences? Identify what you have learned to make sure you don’t repeat the experience next year. Lessons learned don’t need to be tied to specific goals or projects. Think broader and bigger. Also think of the little things. Write your thoughts down and note what you have learned from your experiences this year that will help you next year.


Set A Theme For Next Year


Did you set yourself a theme to focus on this past year? If you did – how did it go? If you didn’t, now’s the time to set a theme to focus on for next year. Maybe it’s self-belief, or focussing on yourself, or being courageous. Find something to focus on that will help you tie different parts of your life together with a common thread. Look for a theme that will keep you aligned over the coming months. Having a theme helps you focus on heading in a single direction rather than being pulled in multiple directions across different parts of your life. Maybe you can identify something that comes out of your ‘lessons learned’?


Decide on your theme and write it down somewhere prominent where you’ll see it every day. Share it with the people closest to you since a public declaration will make you more likely to follow through with it. Revisit your theme a couple of times a week and jot down some notes on how you’re doing to keep it at the forefront of your mind. Then take a break, enjoy the festive season, and come back refreshed and ready to get to work again in the New Year!

My Question To You

Do you set an annual theme? Do you take any time to reflect on how things are going? Do you set goals and evaluate how well you did? If this is something you would like to discuss or would like some help with, contact me at You can also sign up for my newsletter which contains lots of team and self-management tips.

Mulberry Bush Consulting: Maximizing your Business Capability through your People.


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