The end of the year is nipping on our heels so for our last offering this year we wanted to share a Reflection Session Template that we’ve been getting great feedback about from clients.
Of course any time of the year is a great time to reflect but typically the end of the year, or the beginning of the following year, might be times where you go through this exercise, either by yourself or with your team. You can complete the template in about 10 minutes and, optionally, you could add on a discussion at the end where team members can share their reflections if they choose to.
Before we dive in though, let’s just reflect on why it’s important to reflect ;-).
Quite simply, it helps you avoid repeating mistakes you’ve made in the past and continue repeating the successes you’ve had. It provides an opportunity to put a spotlight on what’s worked and what hasn’t.
The process itself is simply a matter of answering some questions in a preformatted template (see below for a link to download this).
What has been the highlight for me, professionally and personally?
Of course if you have more than one, feel free to note them down. This is a time to celebrate!!
What goals did I achieve? What contributed to this?
Goals plural. Again, don’t limit yourself here. It might be a long-term goal, something that you set at the beginning of the year, or perhaps even a goal you didn’t know you had until the opportunity came up for it.
The second part of the question is important. Success always leaves clues so by answering this question you know what you can lean on to help with future goals.
What life lesson have I learned?
2020 has been packed full of lessons for all of us! What did you learn about yourself, others or life in general this year?
How happy/fulfilled do I feel?
Surprisingly this is a question that many people forget to ask themselves. They might have a sense of it from time to time but rarely actually ask the question.
We’ve recently gained qualifications as Certified Emotional Intelligence (EQ™) Facilitators and the criteria for happiness in the EQ world are:
Optimism - How well you recover after a setback or an obstacle
Self Regard - How you see yourself
Self Actualisation - How well you live your life in alignment with your values
Interpersonal Relationships - No explanation necessary there :-).
Who am I grateful for?
Family, friends and valued work colleagues will no doubt be at the top of the list but we encourage you to dig a little deeper and think who else might make the list.
And for a bonus challenge, why not make a commitment to tell those that made your list why they made the list and what they mean to you!
One word to describe who I want to be?
If it takes more than one word then that’s just fine. Between us we came up with; wise, valued and accepting/non-judgemental.
What are my 3 priorities/goals/results for the coming year?
There you have it. A simple fun exercise to round off the kick or to kick off the year ahead. You can access the pdf of the Reflection Session Template here and, as usual, we’d love to hear your feedback on the template and how you go with putting it into practice. Hit reply or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.