Before we talk about 2017, let’s finish 2016 first!

What do you want to achieve in 2017? New career? Improved work-life balance? Expand or start your business?

Before we start talking about 2017, I want you to pause. To take a few moments to review 2016 and celebrate your successes. Look back to reflect, so you can move forward.

Reflecting on your year helps you plan your goalsFar too often my clients take for their success for granted or don’t even recognise it at all! They are so focused on the bigger goal, they undervalue what amazing steps forward they have made.
I am currently reviewing my 2016 – professionally and personally- pulling together my achievements, progress and what hasn’t quite gone to plan (I will explain why the “not so goods” is an important aspect too!).

For me, my key highlights include:

  • Appearing on Sky News
  • Being offered a place on the West Midlands cohort of School for Social Entrepreneurs
  • Helping over 150 people take control of their career and work-life balance (this was quite a surprise when I totted up my online, 1-2-1 and workshop coaching and support!)

The Balance Collective annual review

If the annual review sounds interesting to you, then this is my six – step technique!

Theme the areas you want to review. What titles will you give each part of 2016?
If it is professional, areas could include “training, clients, media, new business”; for personal “home, personal development, health, friendship, time, wealth”.

Simply write down everything that has happened in each of those themes.
Don’t attach any judgement on these; this is a diary of what you experienced.
If there are any number you can attach (such as the number of new clients or how many times you have gone out with your friends) that jot that down.

Now, consider what you WANTED to do in 2016?
If you set yearly goals, this would be a good place to go and find where you wrote these goals down!
Review your 2016 diary and then highlight the evidence that this has happened.

If you haven’t reached some goals, do not forget the journey is just as important as the destination

Consider why you haven’t reached them.
What got in your way? What would you differently? Was is a goal YOU wanted to achieve?
Most important question of all. Do you still want to or need to achieve this goal? Is it still relevant?

Write down your highlights – what do these say about you?
What has 2016 taught you about yourself? Has it shown you are tenacious? Driven? Creative?

Finally, write down what you want to KEEP DOING in 2017, what you want to STOP DOING and what you want to DO MORE OF!
This list will be the basis of your goal setting for 2017

What has 2016 taught you? I would love to read your reflections in The Balance Collective with Clara Wilcox.

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