4 QUESTIONS YOU NEED TO ASK YOURSELF IN DECEMBER
It’s that time of year again. The month of December for me usually means time to reflect on the past year. There’s a reason why I don’t typically wait for January to do this.
Instead of being one of those people who sets out a million New Year’s resolutions (and never gets them done), I prefer to take a different approach. I take the month of December to take it easy in my business since about half of it is taken up by holiday activities anyway. And I use this month to reflect on my accomplishments as well as plan out some goals for the following year.
So far, it’s been working out well. I find it easier this way to actually start taking action in January right from the beginning.
Most other people are also busy with the holidays in December, so that means less client work during this month. That’s another reason I find this method more productive.
Anyway, if you want to be successful, it’s vital that you reflect on what you’ve done well and what you can do better on a regular basis.
That’s why I think these four questions are super important to be asking yourself in the month of December. After all, personal growth leads to business growth.
1. WHAT WERE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR FOR YOU?
Looking back, what are your fondest memories?
These don’t have to be all related to business. They can be personal things that stand out for you, such as taking that dream trip to Italy (oh wait, that was me J).
But, they should also include some business highlights. What were some projects or events that were most memorable to you?
Who were your favourite clients and why?
2. WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF ACCOMPLISHING IN THE PAST YEAR?
It’s super important to recognize our accomplishments and achievements every so often. I’m guilty of easily forgetting my accomplishments and being hard on myself for not getting enough done.
Asking myself this question helps me recognize that I’ve actually accomplished way more than I give myself credit for. It always boosts my confidence and creates reassurance that I’m on the right path.
Make sure to list all of your achievements, big or small. They all matter.
3. HAVE YOU BEEN GOOD TO YOURSELF?
Speaking of those accomplishments, have you been rewarding yourself each time you got something big done?
We solopreneurs don’t have anyone else to do this for us, so we have to do it ourselves.
It’s very encouraging to decide you’ll reward yourself somehow if you complete a certain project or get a new client or whatever else you achieve.
Even if you go out of your comfort zone and do something new that scares you, that deserves a reward.
So be good to yourself, recognize your own efforts and make sure to have fun!
4. WHAT WOULD MAKE NEXT YEAR REALLY AWESOME?
After deep reflection, it’s nice to think about what else you can do to make the following year even better.
Like I said, I don’t do New Year’s resolutions, but I do list out some goals that I’d like to achieve. Many people will disagree with me on this, but I don’t like to set arbitrary dates to my goals. I find that whenever I set a goal with a date, I almost never get it done.
Having a specific date in mind for a goal just stresses me out and does the opposite of what I’m trying to achieve. Instead, I just make a list of things I’d like to do and then each month, I pick one to focus on. Then I create a plan of action for that goal and work on it one day at a time.
I’m not saying you have to do it my way, but don’t feel that you have to do it a certain way just because other people are telling you to. Pick your own way to create goals and plan them out the way it feels right to you.