As the year speeds into summer here in Halifax Nova Scotia, I am beginning to mentally prepare for Fall. I have had an amazing year of study while reassessing both my personal and professional directions and accomplishments. Summer is a wonderful time to relax and gain clarity and focus. Will you join me?

Here are some questions to ask yourself to get started:

  • What have I accomplished this year? Be specific. Write it all down. Schedule some time to celebrate each item on your list!
  • What have I learned this year? Which skills did you pick up? Which emotional lessons?
  • What got in my way? This is where your work will be next year. Be honest if it was yourself that got in the way.
  • Who contributed to my successes? What can you do to recognize these members of your personal or professional team?
  • What mistakes did I make, and what did I learn from them? Writing these down is a good refresher for what not to do next year.
  • How was my work consistent with my values? What will you do with the inconsistencies?
  • Where did I not take responsibility? Sometimes this is easier to see with a little distance from the actual event.
  • How did my performance rate? Give yourself a letter grade or a 1-10 score.
  • What do I need to let go of? Doing so can help you move much more lightly into the new year.
  • What was missing for me this year? How can you incorporate these things into next year?

My name is Shelley Cox. I am an experienced ICF Certified Leadership and Career Coach, Consultant, and Solopreneur with the honor of helping countless emerging women leaders like you discover their leadership and career visions to EMERGE STRONG!

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