Contemplation under the Christmas tree
With the end of the year approaching, it’s a good opportunity to evaluate the past year and to take stock of where you currently stand.
Questions that can help you here are, for example:
- How has 2014 been for you?
- What are you particularly proud of?
- What could you have done better?
- What attention points do you see for the coming year?
If you always keep charging ahead, there’s little time or opportunity for self-reflection. While it can really help to stop for a moment and to step back. The Christmas holiday is an ideal time to reflect on your career.
What do you like about your job? Do you feel anything is missing? What would you like to change?
Stepping back to take stock in the old year, to reflect on your achievements and your wishes, will lead to more success in the new year. Your new year resolutions will become specific, rather than a handful of well-intentioned yet ineffective ideas.
Do you want to get a grip on new options and opportunities for growth and self-development in 2015?
Where do you stand now, and where do you want to get to?
Take the time to draw up a list of things that you want to tackle. Think about the things you achieved in the past year, and about the things you still want to achieve.
Start thinking from where you want to end up
What is really and truly important to you?
Start by choosing just one thing from your list, preferably one that is not so hard to do. Then give yourself enough time to actually do it.
Chances are that you’ve had this wish on your list for a while, so a day or week or month more or less won’t matter. And be kind to yourself as regards the result, it needn’t be perfect right away. Giving shape to new things is a learning process. It’s not something you can expect to master in an instant.
Don’t forget to whet the blade
But how can you avoid forgetting this, and keep applying it time and again?
What’s important is to always maintain your main instrument: that’s you. Everything always starts with yourself, so the better you know yourself, the better you can tune in to your environment and make the right decisions.
You are not always free to choose your circumstances, but you can always choose how to react to those circumstances.
Chart your course and learn what it takes to tackle the challenges!
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