It’s the time of year when I begin to wind down, wrap up and take a mindful look at the year I just experienced.
For me, that year-end review always starts with celebrations and successes. I’m a firm believer in leading with the positive for the simple reasons that this gets better results and is more fun than the alternatives.
I like to keep a running success list throughout the year, so my personal process involves reviewing that list and savoring the goals that I achieved, the things I’ve learned, the areas in which I’ve grown. Often, just looking at the list sparks me to think of more that can be added.
It’s a great wake-up call that, even when life is full, chaotic, challenging or messy, there are still successes. Successes defined by me.
It’s also easy to see where my time and energy have gone over the last 12 months.
I always incorporate rewards as part of my review because I like to be rewarded for my successes, and that’s something that starts at home. With me. (Again, it’s fun.)