Reflection is Hard… and Worth It

Leadership tip: As the year ends, ask yourself: What did I learn? What can I celebrate? What am I grateful for? What do I value? What will I focus on in 2024. With a picture of a person sitting cross-legged with a pencil and journal.

If we’re being honest…

I don’t love answering the questions that I spend much of my time encouraging other people to answer. 
They’re HARD!    

It’s much easier for me to ask the questions.  Which is part of the reason I love my job. 

But in the spirit of not indulging in hypocrisy, and knowing that things tend to turn out well when I take my own advice, I sat down to answer the questions that I encourage you to reflect on as we end this year:

What did I learn?

  • People are ready for boundaries
  • A school field trip can be the best place to meet great clients
  • Consistency is more important than duration (for workouts, reading, and behaviour change in general)

What can I celebrate?

  • Seeing positive results from taking my own advice
  • Launching projects with organizations and people who feel like partners ready to do the hard work to build amazing things together
  • The six-year-old getting to bed without a fight at least five times this year

What am I grateful for?

  • The firefiles, black raspberries, and wild strawberries, who remind me every year that while there is so much change, there is also so much that stays the same
  • Family and friends who listen and care
  • Work that feels meaningful and bucket-filling
  • People who take the time to read all of the things that come out of my brain 😊

What do I value?

  • Laughter
  • Curiosity
  • Collaboration

What will I focus on in 2024?

  • Staying energized and grounded to offer my best to my clients, family, and friends
  • Finding two new executive teams who want to do the hard work of developing themselves and their organization together
  • Continuing to create a safe space for my family

My reflection brings comfort and a smile to my face.  I am proud of 2023 and look forward to 2024. 

I hope you can find comfort, joy, gratitude, and direction in your own reflection.  Think small, the biggest gifts are often found in the smallest things. 

Wishing you all the best this holiday season and in 2024.