This time of year is one for reflection and celebration. It offers a natural pause point, and is a good time to reflect on your career and review the past year.
It’s natural to think about the future and to set goals as we go forward into the new year. But before we forge ahead with goal setting, it is valuable to take time to appreciate and learn from what has gone before.
In reflecting on this year, you might like to ask yourself these questions:
What am I grateful for in my work?
What achievements would I like to celebrate?
What have I learned this year?
What would I like to take forward into 2015?
These questions provide a positive base for assessing where you are now, and from which to move forward. The next step is to think about what you would like to be different next year, and what goals you would like to set yourself for the coming twelve months.
I’d love to hear your answers to one or more of these questions, please share in the comments box below.
In thinking about my year, I feel grateful to have discovered a coaching niche where I both find the work itself incredibly interesting, and which has a positive impact on the lives of my wonderful clients, along with opportunities to celebrate their success.
This lovely email arrived on my last full working day of the year. One of my career coaching clients had just been offered a fantastic new job, and wrote…
“I’m massively excited about the role and think it offers me a chance to really develop my experience in a number of areas, while also just being genuinely exciting in and of itself! …without your help and support I don’t think I would have been able to identify so clearly what the right kind of next step would be for me at this point in my career, or even that the time was right to move on. I also just love the poetry of having had the interview the day after my last coaching session!”
There is joy to be found when we discover the work that is right for us, and which feels both interesting and worthwhile.
I wish you joy, success and fulfilment at work.