As the year comes to a close I feel that it’s a great time to reflect on our personal achievements and also what we could have done better as we look towards the year ahead. This is not a time to dwell, but rather to look back and pick out the key points to learn from in both our personal lives and our professional lives. This process is a great way of laying down a milestone in your life and helping you cogitate what you want to achieve in the coming 365 days. It also helps us strive in 2015 as we start to plan our business KPI’s and also our own personal objectives for the year ahead.
“So what have I done?” - For me, this question often brings on a sigh as I think back over a hectic year, but I’m always encouraged to remember that a busy year is good year! If you think you haven’t been involved in much work, or you can’t remember doing anything of significance then you have your first resolution – get involved, get your hands dirty. Taking positives from the past is fundamental in keeping motivated; pick out, at the very least, one thing that you are proud of and regularly remind yourself of it. January will soon be upon us and for many, the first month back can feel glum - cherish the positive reminders to keep you moving forward. I am very proud of the achievements of my team here at Peninsula and I am immensely proud to be a board director for the CIPD, an organisation that I believe does a great job.
Without being excessively critical, ask yourself, “What shouldn’t I have done?” These are your learning points for the coming year and it would be foolish not to take on board what you have learned by making mistakes. Could you do anything better? If so, what? Give yourself a basic set of targets for the upcoming year. We could all do something different at work, it’s part of the learning process, but how you make those changes is what defines your character and sets you apart from everyone else.
Remember that this reflection process is meant for positive purposes, if you haven’t had a good year then this is the time to put it in the past and move on from it. Take this opportunity to set some personal targets and set out to achieve them. On a personal note, I would just like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year! Here’s to a prosperous 2015.