It’s that time of the year again when we get all introspective and reflect on the year that has passed, before making plans to ensure the new year is even better. Before you start working on your resolutions, here are some questions that you can ask yourself to help make 2018 an incredible year.
What did I accomplish in my career this year?
You might not be able to think of many straight away, but if you really think about it, you have probably got a pretty big list of large and small accomplishments from throughout the year. Consider everything from updating your resume, to being given a promotion – it all deserves consideration! Think about the goals and challenges you set yourself in your career and how well you got on with those, as well as the extra things you managed to do in the past year. Take time to congratulate yourself on your progress and look at how you can take that forward.
Did I improve my skills this year?
If you set yourself a skills-based resolution, did you meet it? Perhaps you found or developed a new skill this year that you hadn’t even planned on – who knew you would be so good at juggling?! Think about any skills you worked on this year, in or out of the office, and decide whether you want to work on these even further in the next year, or perhaps focus on some other skills instead.
What is important to me?
Perhaps there is nothing more important to you than your career, or maybe you feel ready to settle down and start a family. Are you motivated by money or do you just want to have a good time? Think about what it is that you really care about and work out how you can focus on that even more in the coming year.
Where do I want to go?
Thinking about where you want to end up in the next few years will help you set some intentions and plans for the coming year. For example, if you want to own your own home in the next three years, how can you start working towards that now? If you are looking for a career change, what can you start to do this year that will help you get to that position sooner? Although you are focussing on the next year, looking at your longer-term goals can help keep you on the right path.
Am I happier?
This is the most important thing. You could have broken all of your resolutions on the 2nd of January, but if you are happier than when you ended the last year, you can call it a success. This happiness can come from the unlikeliest of places, for example, you may have gone through a breakup, or lost your job, but maybe these things have ended up making you happier than ever.
As long as you have found yourself feeling happy, then it has been a successful year – now how can you make next year even happier?