The new year is often a time of natural reflection. If we’re fortunate, the holidays have provided us the space to decompress. The start of the new year often causes us to take stock in our current direction and assess if we’re making progress towards our broader goals, both in our personal lives and our careers. While this process is more intuitive in the new year, the activity of taking time to think about your progress towards your life objectives is a habit that the most successful individuals complete at regular intervals all year long.
For most though, it’s natural to find yourself stuck in the business of the day-to-day: attending back-to-back meetings, answering emails, trying to drive progress on quarterly results or performance goals. As a result, taking time to step back and assess the bigger picture drops further and further down on the list of priorities.
As coaches, while we support our clients in advancing specific objectives, the most unifying feedback we receive is that clients appreciate the time to step out of their daily focus and think more strategically about their goals and objectives.
Finding this space in our ever-intensifying lives to reground on what is important to us is critical. Once you set your intention and direction, it’s much easier to adjust to changing conditions knowing where you can compromise, where you need to hold fast and where you want to step up – personally and professionally.
Over the next month, plan to set aside deliberate time to reflect on some important questions. What do I envision my career to be in 2, 5, 10 years from now? Is that vision similar or very different from what I am doing right now? What elements of my current role and organization are helping me move towards this vision? Where would I like to stretch myself more and find opportunities for growth? How do these goals coincide with my personal goals and objectives? What support do I need from others around me to achieve these?
You will find as you think through the answers to these questions, you will begin to notice where you’re advancing your goals and where you might want to make some deliberate shifts. This self-awareness is priceless when it comes to your overall satisfaction. Giving yourself the gift of reflection time is one of the most important things you can do.