12 questions to help you reflect on 2017

As we near the end of another year, it’s a great time to reflect on the past 12 months. Reflecting is such a useful tool – it helps us to look back at what went well, what didn’t go so well and how we can use our experiences to make improvements in the future.

It increases our self-awareness and in turn our emotional intelligence.

It’s also a great chance to look back at our successes and celebrate them. Over 12 months it’s very easy to forget about the wins we had back in January – however big or small.

It can help give you some great ideas and help you get clarity on what gives you joy in your business. And it certainly helps with ongoing motivation.

But how do you reflect and what questions can you use to prompt helpful and useful answers?

So I’m sharing with you my 12 favourite thought provoking questions to help you reflect on the year and secondly I’m sharing my very open and honest answers!

  1. The most important goal that I achieved this year was….
  2. What am I most grateful for this year?
  3. The skills I developed this year are….
  4. This year I broke out of my comfort zone by…
  5. This year, I learned the following about myself…
  6. A big mistake that I made this year and the lesson that I learned as a result was…
  7. An obstacle or a challenge that I overcame this year was….
  8. My biggest regret of the year was…..
  9. I adopted this new positive habit
  10. I dropped this negative habit
  11. If I could change one thing about this year it would be…..
  12. If I could travel back to the beginning of the year, the advice I would give myself would be…

And here are my very own answers….

1.The most important goal that I achieved this year was

  • Alongside the amazing results, breakthroughs and changes that my clients have made throughout the year, I’m pleased with this years re-brand of Thrive Coaching. It’s a very personal one, but I feel that by having had a professional complete this work it has done loads for my confidence. Strange isn’t it? Previously, all of my work, logo, website was done by myself and from a budget perspective it was right for me at the time, but overtime I felt it lacked cohesiveness and didn’t actually represent my brand and me. Finally, the work I am doing and the brand that I wanted to represent me was aligned.

2. What am I most grateful for this year?

  • My family, friends and supporters. They are my combined tribe. My husband, who reminds me of my successes, lifts me up when I need it and gives me a gentle ‘slap’ when I turn molehills into mountains! And he is increasingly involved in my business with technical know how! My new website and it’s functionality is down to him. My two boys obviously feature a lot in my WHY and keep me on track when I have a wobble in my business

3.The skills I developed this year are….

  • My top 3 skills surround productivity, self-belief and acquiring skills to think bigger!  Have a read of my blog on productivity if you get chance.  Click here.

4. This year I broke out of my comfort zone by…

  • Becoming more visible. The last 6 months I’ve increased the content I’m sharing and the ways I’m more visible – only recently I’ve started doing Facebook lives and video’s. And I’ve increased my face-to-face networking. And my new Facebook community launched this year Women Who Thrive in Business

5.This year, I learned the following about myself:

  • That my authentic self is good enough! For a while, I felt overwhelmed by the other coaches that I’d see online. My Facebook timeline is full of sponsored adverts from coaches with photos of beautifully sunny and styled photos. For a while I thought I needed to be like this to compete. I’ve now come to realise that this is not the case. People buy from people and people buy from people they connect with and have rapport with. By accepting that my authentic self was good enough and I was attracting my ideal client I stopped wasting energy on comparing myself with something I didn’t want to be.

6. A big mistake that I made this year and the lesson that I learned as a result was

  • Be true to the work I’ve done on getting clear on my ideal client – and sticking to it! Anyone who has worked with me knows how passionate I am about the game changing piece of work (You can download my free workbook here). I was approached by a business that did not fit my own ideal client persona. My gut told me to pass, but I didn’t. On reflection, there was not a good fit, I know in the future I will be more confident to say no in the future.

7. An obstacle or a challenge that I overcame this year

  • That not everything I do or I launch is a success. And that it was ok to stop a new venture before it had really even started. Accepting mistakes was a big challenge this year – but one I can most certainly use in 2018 and beyond!

8. My biggest regret of the year was.

  • Playing it too small for too long! 2018 is going to be a big year.  It’s often a trap that business owners fall into. Working with my own business coach has enabled me to see what I’m truly capable in the future and how I’ve now set a plan to make it happen.  THis includes continued work on confidence and mindset.

9. I adopted this new positive habit

  • Focusing on 3 key tasks each day. Up until 6 months ago I was very scattergun in my approach which wasn’t productive and wasn’t helpful and it wasn’t a way I enjoyed working. I’ve introduced time blocking and this has revolutionised the way I work. Instead of getting side tracked and distracted, I’m way more productive and my output has increased.

10. I dropped this negative habit

  • Comparing myself to other coaches and other businesswomen who have similar businesses.

11. If I could change one thing about this year it would be.

  • To have asked for help earlier. Recognising that I can’t do everything myself and I’m better outsourcing certain areas of my business to professionals who are better placed to do it rather than myself. And that enabled me to use my time more efficiently.

12. If I could travel back to the beginning of the year, here’s some advice I would give myself.

  • Be more confident in my authentic self, become more visible and outsource what I can by asking for help. This is everything I’ll be doing more of in 2018.

 

What questions do you find helps you reflect?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Email me, or come join the conversation in my Facebook Community Women Who Thrive in Business

 

I’m Sam Dixon, owner of Thrive Coaching – success and business coach to ambitious business women who want to create, develop and grow their business with confidence.  For a free 30 minute discovery call get in touch on 07972 783 507 or email hello@thrivecoaching.org.uk