The end of the year means different things to many people. For a company, it means focusing on wrapping up the books and making sure they achieve the sales target for the year. For individuals, it could mean assessing the current year and planning for the next year. It could also mean making another New Year’s resolution, which will be tackled with much enthusiasm in January through March then dropped thereafter.
To me, the year end is a time to take stock on how I did this year. Here is what I look for:
- What are my greatest learnings? Focus on lessons learned and avoid the same mistakes.
- What did I do wrong that caused the most grief or trouble? Ouch! How can I prevent it?
- What did I do well? I need to continue that next year.
- What relationships did I establish? How can I continue to make them better?
- How did I add value to my mentees and the people I coach?
- What is the most important lesson that I learned this year?
- Which member of my inner circle added value to the team?
- Which member of my inner circle needs to be pruned? Because they no longer add value and share the same vision.
Closing the year is a time to sit down and compare things. How did the Will of 2014 stack up against the Will of 2015? Did I grow spiritually? Did I learn and apply my knowledge? What other areas can I improve on? My biggest win this year is learning from the people I coach and mentor. Their different perspectives and viewpoints helped me expand my understanding.
In closing, how was your year? What made you smile? What made you cry? I hope you’re pleased with your progress. It is time to review and plan what you want to achieve next year. Check your multi-year plan and adjust accordingly. May 2016 bring you good health and success.