As 2021 draws to a close, it is a great time to reflect on what we have experienced in the last 12 months and set some inspirational goals for next year.
The Process of reflection
“In the first part of my process, I just get up and start.
I don’t look at my emails or do anything else. I go into the reflection session making sure I find a nice creative space, I light a fire and get settled. I start off with any thoughts or reflections as I think back on the last year. These are more general and big picture reflections and I note these down or recall them.
Then I spend a bit of time asking myself, what have I manifested or what have I achieved this year? And I start making a list. Some of them may be business focused, some of them more personal, but I literally make a list of everything – I think there is 82 things on my list from last year! It’s quite sobering because it helps you realise just how much has happened in that year and that you have been way more productive than you thought.”
The power of goal setting
“Every year for the last 10 years I have gone through this kind of reflection and goal setting process. We know that goal setting theory is a powerful motivating factor for humans. When we set goals, it helps motivate us towards achieving those goals. So being intentional about the year ahead you want to have, means you’re more likely to achieve what you set out to.”
Set goals for each of your life roles
“I find it particularly helpful to look at my goals and what I’ve achieved. I do this through the lens of the different roles in my life. I feel this is really important as it’s very easy for us to get over associated with one or two roles i.e., me as the worker or leader or me as the parent and that means I might put all my energy into those roles and not put energy into me as the sportsman or me as a friend. Thinking about the different roles in my life and how I want to be and what I want to achieve really helps me have a more rounded life.”
How do I want to be?
“One thing that occurs to me is that we often ask questions around what we wish to achieve but another way of looking at this, and questions to ask, is around ‘being’ goals eg how do I want to be this year? How do I want to be experienced by others this year? They are goals we usually don’t set and questions we don’t ask of ourselves but fundamentally they are the key kind of goals in our relationships with people around us and with life itself.”
Regularly reconnect with your goals
“I look at my learning from last year and my goals for the current year every other month. Just reconnecting with them on a regular basis makes a big difference. I also think it’s good to get a felt sense for the next year and if it was a really great year for you what would that look and feel like? The more you can get a visceral sense of what success would look and feel like the more likely it is for you to be able to achieve them.”
Reflection and goal setting questions
- What are the key insights and learnings that working and living through Covid times has given me?
- What did I accomplish in 2021?
- What am I most proud of?
- What strengths have I developed?
- What experiences have brought me joy?
- What have my biggest disappointments been and what could I do in future to overcome these?
- Consider the important roles you have in your life, for example parent, partner, work colleague, friend, community member. For each of these different parts of your life what are you pleased about as you look back over 2021 in terms of how you showed up and what you did or didn’t do?
- Thinking about each of your roles, set yourself 1 or 2 goals for each. Think about your way of being and what you want to embrace.
- What adventures do you have planned in 2022?
- How do I want to use my time, money and resources to lead the life I want to lead in 2022?
- Where do I want to be of service or make a positive contribution?
- What do I need to do in order to feel proud and/or satisfied of how I’ve used my energies in 2022?
- How do I want to be experienced by others?
- What habits/ways of being do I need to change or adapt so that I can achieve my goals in 2022?
From everyone at TPC Leadership we wish you a warm and restful Christmas break.