We’re now in the last month of 2023, and it always feels to me as though it’s time to reflect on the year. If we’re planners, we have an idea of where we want to be, having made our plans and set our goals in preparation at the start of the year. Of course, we can reflect at any time, and I’d be concerned if anyone felt the need to carry on, regardless of how everything is working out. So, now is the time to ask yourself, thinking about the year as a whole. Are you feeling satisfied, or do you believe that the year could have gone better?
If your year has gone as planned and you’re feeling satisfied, then celebrate. Acknowledge your hard work. Recognise the energy you’ve used and the effort you’ve made. Finally, admire your success. Once you’ve done this, begin the process again, with all that you want to achieve in 2024.
If you’re thinking that the year could have gone better, just check to see what did work out for you. Celebrate the good and all that did go well. Acknowledge that you’ve ended up somewhere other than where you want to be. You may find some positives in this and you may not. Importantly, get in touch with how you feel and what you’re thinking. It’s OK to be not OK with where you are. Critically, it’s what you do next that matters.
Firstly, it’s worth checking to see how much of what worked out differently is down to you, and what is the result of events outside of your control. Secondly, are you still moving towards what you want and just not there yet? Then, think about what you want for 2024. Are your plans changing and evolving, or are you determined to achieve in 2024 what you wanted to happen in 2023? Finally, make the plans and set the goals.
Irrespective of how you feel about 2023, there’s a high possibility that you have learned and experienced more. What do you know and understand now that you didn’t at the start of the year? What can you learn? What’s the feedback?
If you know what to do next, do it now. If you’re not sure, you can book a free initial consultation here, and then decide the next step. You know that you can do it and you know that it makes sense, don’t you?