Looking Back Over 2014 For Success In 2015

Looking Back Over 2014 For Success In 2015

Transitional times like the New Year, or being in job transition, often motivates us to make changes. It’s a great time of the year to study our wins and losses over the past 12 months.  Self-reflection is very powerful thinking, and this is a great time to re-evaluate what we can do differently.

As an Executive Coach, I too look for inspiration from others, and at this time of year find myself turning to my Coach, John Maxwell for motivation. At the beginning of a new year, he compiles a list of self-critiquing questions.  Here is a list of some of John’s questions and a great activity to start off 2015:

1. What did I do that I shouldn’t have done?
2. What did I spend a lot of time on? Was it a priority? Was it in my strength zone?
3. What didn’t I do that I should have done?
4. What did I neglect that I should have been a priority?
5. What action didn’t I take, that really should have been done?
6. What will I do differently this year?
7. What is the most important thing I did this year to help someone else?
8. What did I do this year that helped me grow more than anything else?
9. What else can I do to grow?
10. Where do I need to be more intentional?
11. Where did I let things happen to me, instead of making them happen?
12. What bad habits do I need to break?
13. In what areas do I need to focus more attention, make important decisions, and take steps in a positive direction?
14. How can I grow more this year?
15. How can I top last year’s accomplishments?

By listing and asking questions about past experiences, we can apply the lessons learned to the coming year and start on a successful path to personal growth.  Give it a try!