The New Year is upon us, signaling a "clean slate" and the promise of new resolutions for the future. But it also gives us two good reasons to look back.
In your haste to clear the decks and embark on some new goals for the New Year, don't forget to take a little time to consider the past year and note the following:
- Think about things that went well for you this past year. Engagements that went smoothly, recognition you received, people who helped you achieve success, etc. Make a note of went particularly well for you over the last 12 months and write these things down. Then, do your best to note the various reasons why these things worked so well. This list should help you to remember to employ the approaches that worked so well for you in the past year for the upcoming year.
- Conversely, think about things that did not go well for you this past year. Write these things down as well and note the reasons why these things didn't work out. What did you learn from these miss-steps? This list should help you to avoid making similar mistakes in the upcoming year.
Look forward optimistically - your future starts now. But don't forget to take a moment to reflect on the past for the tips for achieving (and traps for preventing) success in the future! © 2010 Institute of Management Consultants USA