Reflect, Celebrate, Grow: A Year-End Blueprint for Success


It’s amazing how quickly we’re approaching the year’s end. I guess time really does fly by when you’re having fun and enjoying what you do.

By now, you’ve likely taken the opportunity to update your three-year strategic plan for your business and functional area, or perhaps you’ve created one if it wasn’t in place. Additionally, I hope you’ve effectively built and communicated your annual budget for the next year, providing clarity on short-term priorities, the key steps needed to achieve them, and who is responsible.  This includes mapping out monthly revenue targets and expenses aligned with your priorities. And hopefully everyone is aligned and motivated to knock it out of the park as we turn the calendar to next year.

As the pace of work slows down approaching the Christmas season, seize the perfect moment to reflect on the past year. Identify and celebrate your wins, expressing gratitude to those who have contributed significantly to your successes. A simple attitude of gratitude can have a lasting impact.

Don’t neglect your personal reflection amid the hustle and bustle of business. Your career, much like a business, requires clarity on where you want to go to take intentional actions to get there. Reflect on your career with these questions:

  • Where do you envision yourself in 1 year, 3 years, and 5 years?
  • Are you on track to meet your goals? If not, what needs to change?
  • By the end of next year, what specific achievements are you aiming for?
  • What mindsets will facilitate your desired achievements?  How do you ensure you have those mindsets?
  • Which skills, knowledge, and behaviors can you leverage to advance your career?
  • What skills, knowledge, and behaviors need improvement or need to be acquired?
  • What one initiative or special project can you take on to develop a new skill and prepare you for your next role?
  • What relationships need building or improvement?  Who do you need to add to your network?
  • Have you communicated your dreams and goals to your boss? Are they supportive, and can the organization provide opportunities for your personal goals?  If yes, do you have a written plan and agreement to make it happen?  If not, is it time to explore new opportunities?

As the year concludes, take time to reflect on both your professional and personal aspects. Celebrate your wins, express gratitude, and set intentional goals for the upcoming year. Whether in business or your career, clarity and thoughtful reflection pave the way for future success. Make sure to share your insights or goals with others, taking deliberate steps toward achieving them.

Congratulations on a wonderful year, and may the coming year bring you great health and happiness.