Time to Reflect

As 2011 rolls down, it is a good time for a little self reflection about your growth and progress during the year. So take a moment and ponder these questions.  Believe it or not, looking back will assist you in the ability to look forward. With the beginning of a new year right around the corner, you may already be thinking about your new growth goals. Hopefully reflecting on these questions will help inspire you to fulfill the goals you set for 2012. Enjoy.

  • In what ways did you grow or develop your skills and abilities? How are you different or better than a year ago. Be as specific as you can.
  • Did your growth just happen, or did you plan it and intentionally execute on it?
  • How satisfied are you? Did you feel like you really soared, or did many of your plans seem to fizzle out because of too many competing tasks?
  • In what area of growth are you most proud of from last year?
  • How important is ongoing growth to you? Do you feel as if you are expert enough already, or do believe there are some key areas in which you must improve. (Think deeply about this question.)
Development is hard and sometimes humbling work. You have to be committed enough to risk looking (and being) a bit incompetent in those skill areas you are tackling. Get used to the fact that it will never be comfortable, but remember how rewarding it can be.  Good luck in your pursuit of the next best version of yourself during the upcoming year.

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