See what you have achieved in 2018

What has been the highlight of your year? As you finish off the last of the mince pies and get ready for the new year, take time for some more celebrations: your achievements.

Charlotte Ashley-RobertsTime flies. Our lives are busy. Often there isn’t space to stop and reflect on what we have done over the past 12 months. We asked career and transitions coach Charlotte Ashley-Roberts, from Your Time To Grow, why it is important to acknowledge your successes and how to review the year.

This is a transcript of a conversation which took place in the Drive The Network Facebook Group.

Why is reviewing the past year important?

Charlotte Ashley-Roberts It’s really easy to do things out of habit without knowing if it’s working. I’ve been guilty of rolling goals over without understanding why I’m doing them or what I want to achieve.

Its important to acknowledge what we learned from the stuff we’ve done. We tend to concentrate on what hasn’t gone well but we forget about all the achievements we have had and that’s the empowering part!

How to assess your achievements this year

Charlotte asked everyone in the group these questions:

  • What are you most proud of this year? Remember that we can be proud of anything, big or small. I’m proud of commiting to take care of myself first this year.
  • What do you believe your strengths are?
  • What opportunities did your action and/or achievements make possible?
  • What lesson(s) have you learned this year?
  • How are you limiting yourself?
  • Are there any actions or habits you’d like to stop in 2019?
  • What outcomes or achievements do you want to build on in 2019?
  • Who do you want to connect more with in 2019?
  • How can you make the most of Drive in 2019?
  • How have you reviewed in the past? If at all?

How do you review the year?

Until a couple of years ago I only really did a review when I was applying for a new job. Since then it’s been a work in progress. I like to journal and so review month on month.  At the end of the year I look back to the best / worst things about the year. In addition I look at what I’m grateful for.

I keep a file of great testimonials and photograph thank you cards and other expressions of gratitude from my clients.

I’ll be doing it more formally this year as part of the 12 Week Year process and from the book Your Best Year Yet.

With regards to celebrating… I am proud and I share my successes verbally but I don’t necessarily spend money on rewarding myself with presents!

Would you like to know more? Get in touch with Charlotte Ashley-Roberts or follow her on Twitter @CharlieCareers.