We've all just barely emerged from a month of full calendars, year-end wrapping (finances, projects, gifts), and another glorious opportunity to take stock. This is a classic tradition of mine that dates back to early in my career.
For me, my team, and our community of entrepreneurs at Move the Crowd, 2015 was the year of courage and currency, so we began the year asking ourselves, “Where am I being called to greater courage in life, work, and leadership? And what will it require for me to bring my best?” And now that we’re at the end of the year, it is time to reflect: How did you do this year? Was this a triumphant year? A challenging year? A building year? A stretching year?
Give yourself full permission to examine and to reflect unapologetically. I like to break down reflection into four mission-critical components: gratitude, acknowledgment, completion, and celebration.
Gratitude: As you reflect over the last 12 months, where are you thankful? What were all the ways you were really blessed this year? What were the gifts, rewards, and acknowledgements that came your way? Who was most instrumental in your blessings? Where did you receive some unexpected love this year? Take the time to recognize and give thanks!
Acknowledgement: Make sure to recognize your accomplishments. Where did you really “bring it”? When did you rise to the occasion and knock it out the park? What did you notice about the circumstances and conditions that allowed you to do your best?
On the other side of acknowledgement, where did you fall short this year? Where did you not meet the expectation? What did you notice was missing? What conditions hindered your ability to do an awesome job? How can this knowledge help you in 2016? Use this as an opportunity to render a full assessment of your accomplishments and the lessons you learned.
Completion: This is all about dotting the Is and crossing the Ts. What last-minute administrative, detail-oriented, tedious tasks have you been putting off all year? The charts and graphs, the protocols, the introductions — now is the time to follow up and finish strong.
Once the work is done, consider your relationships. What conversations still need to be had, and with whom? Are there things you’ve needed and wanted to express but have not been able to? Is there an opportunity to forgive or release? Make your list, and commit to a time when you will have those conversations.
And finally, consider your own spirit. What do you need to release and forgive? Where do you need to give yourself a little TLC because of the rocky road you’ve traveled this year?
Celebration: Culturally, we do not celebrate enough, and this means we experience less happiness and joy in our everyday lives. If you are feeling unheard, unacknowledged, unappreciated, or unvalidated, then celebration is missing. Whether you go big or you go small, make a conscious plan to celebrate this year and all that you’ve gained. Remember: You are still here, so there is much to be thankful for:
- Your biggest achievements
- Your greatest learnings
- Your capacity to lead
- The quality of your relationships
- The health and well-being of your family
Taking stock invites us to become even more aware of the gift of life, the blessing of progress, and the joy it is to be conscious, active shapers of our own destinies. If you take the time to reflect, you will have a greater sense of an accomplishment and you will emerge more grounded and present.
So, this month, give yourself the gift of taking stock. Have a safe, fun, and prosperous holiday season, and we will see you in 2016.
Rha Goddess is a member of the DailyWorth Connect program. Read more about the program here.