by Sian Rowsell
Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash
– the calendar year is drawing to a close.
And everyone seems to be asking,
“Are you ready for Christmas?”
I’ve just done my last workshop of the year. I can count the number of working days left before the holidays. We’re about to put up our Christmas decorations and we’re planning holiday activities. I’m trying to stay away from mince pies (which I only recently discovered I love – perhaps they’re like olives!)
…and every networking meeting now seems to require a Christmas jumper! (I blame Colin Firth!)
It’s the perfect time of year to review and to (re)set goals…
First, let’s review where we’re at: what’s working, what’s not working, what needs tweaking…
Do you take time to reflect on your day/week/month/year?
Is reviewing your year something you have to do as part of your annual review at work?
If you don’t have to do that or no longer have to do that,
Do you take time to reflect, to take stock of where you are?
We talk a lot about goals and where we want to get to but…
If I don’t know where I am, how will I know how to get to where I want to be??
Remembering how far you’ve come
Do you celebrate your successes?
Do you take the time to pat yourself on the back?
As we constantly strive to improve, to reach our goals, it’s important to also take time to remember how far we’ve come.
“When you start doubting yourself, remember how far you have come. Remember everything that you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears that you have overcome” – Unknown
This time two years ago, I had just started networking (at meetings and online), I was in the process of setting up my website, and I was planning my first Macclesfield Bird Table – that doesn’t seem too long ago – until I start to think about how far I’ve come…
In that year I’ve gone from a baseline of zero to attending over 130 networking meetings (including 20 where I’ve given a presentation), written nearly 50 blog posts (for my own website and also guest blogs), done things that made my knees shake (like a talk via Facebook Live, or a radio interview – eek!), and am planning the sixth term of the Macclesfield Bird Table.
What will you stop, start, and continue?
Thinking about your annual review:
What did you do over the last year that is paying off now?
What worked well?
What will you repeat, do more of?
What have you loved?
What did you do that was really scary and took you out of your comfort zone?
What wasn’t as hard as you thought it might be?
What have you learned?
What new things will you try?
Who have been your supporters, your energy angels?
What didn’t work so well?
What felt like a chore?
What might you do differently?
Is it time for your annual review?
In reviewing my year, I’m excited to move into next year, to repeat the things that work, to continue to try new things that might scare me today.
What about you?
Goal setting for next year and beyond
When goal setting, do you get bogged down thinking about all the things you need to do?
Before thinking about (SMART) objectives or actions, let’s look at the big picture:
If everything was as you wanted it to be:
What would be happening?
What would you be hearing other people say?
What would you be saying to yourself?
What would you be feeling?
What are the benefits (for you and others)?
When you visualise having achieved this goal, how much detail can you add to the picture?
Is it a ‘Big Hairy Audacious Goal’?
Or is it just +1 from where you are today (a few more clients, a bit more income, more of the same)?
If you say it out loud, does it scare you a little (or a lot!)?
If not, what if you ‘double it’ (whatever that means for you and your goal)?
Keeping it visible
A picture is worth a 1,000 words. Can you get it out of your head and onto paper? Despite hating art at school, I love getting hands-on and drawing a mind map or creating a vision board.
How will you keep your goal/vision visible? – I keep my vision board in front of me at my desk. Perhaps you could have it on your screensaver, or as your background picture on your phone.
How do you set goals?
What about you? How do you capture your vision for the future?
Sian Rowsell is an effective coach and facilitator, helping people enjoy a more fulfilling life in and outside of work. She offers individual coaching on a one-to-one basis and runs confidential business development groups for women business owners.
For more information, please email email@example.com or visit www.sianrowsell.co.uk