Looking back at what you’ve accomplished with your business is important for improving it for the next year. Here’s 5 ways to do it.
Play It Back
“Reviewing your progress is always more useful when you include other people. Our peers often have insights about us that we can’t spot for ourselves, and sharing reflections out loud creates a level of clarity that is otherwise hard to achieve. Ask a trusted colleague to be your playback partner. Playback conversations work best when there is a high level of trust between both people in the discussion, with both parties listening to and learning from each other,” so says Helen Tupper and Sarah Ellis at Harvard Business Review.
What Have I Accomplished This Year?
It’s a simple question on the surface, but as you start listing all your business accomplishments, you may surprise yourself at what you’ve done. You know you’re so focused on what you need to do next that you fail to reflect and celebrate all the cool things you’ve completed or opportunities that came your way. Starting on a high note by celebrating you and your business is a great first step for your annual review. To start, look back at your calendar and note all the projects and activities that have happened.
Be Honest and Realistic
Honesty is essential for true self-reflection. We often tell ourselves different stories about what really happened, reluctant to reflect on the true reality of a situation. You need to exercise honesty and explore all perspectives on a situation, allowing for genuine acknowledgement of weaknesses and setting realistic goals to address issues. Being able to form a well-rounded viewpoint is a vital leadership skill that results in reasoned conclusions to be drawn.
Evaluate the progress made toward each goal and assess whether the initial intentions align with your current values and aspirations. Be open to adjusting goals if needed, acknowledging that personal growth may lead to shifts in priorities.
Celebrate the Achievements
Amidst the reflection process, celebrating achievements, both big and small, is paramount. Acknowledging your successes not only boosts morale but also reinforces positive behavior. Create a personalized celebration ritual to mark significant milestones, whether it’s a solo excursion, a special meal, or a moment of quiet gratitude.
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