5 questions to reflect on at the end of the year

As the new year approaches I like to reflect on the year that has just been, and think about the year that is coming.

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If you're anything like me, the end of the year is often a reflective time. As the new year approaches I like to reflect on the year that has just been, and think about the year that is coming. Thinking through the highs and lows of the year helps me to appreciate what has been and to plan positively for the coming year. In fact I have a thick hardback notebook that I have used for many years for this, and other personal development exercises. I really enjoy grabbing a coffee, sitting quietly and reading through this book each year to see how much progress I've made over time, and how my thinking and growth has evolved.

Here are the 5 questions I use. Why not try this exercise too as you reflect on the year that has just been?

  1. What am I proud of?

  2. What did I learn?

  3. What do I want to do more / less of next year?

  4. What are 1 - 3 specific goals for next year?

  5. What is the first small step I will take towards each goal, and when?

Sharon Peake is the founder of Shape Talent Ltd, a gender equality coaching and consulting business established with the sole purpose of accelerating more women into senior leaderships roles in business. We work with organisations to remove the barriers to women’s progression and we work with individual women, helping them to achieve their career potential.

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Sharon Peake

Coach & Founder, Shape Talent Ltd

I am an experienced coach and career development leader with over 20 years' experience in global blue chip businesses focused on career development for individuals and strategic people management for organisations. I specialise in helping upwardly mobile female managers and executives to achieve their potential, navigate career transitions and ensure a fulfilling and rewarding career. My coaching area of focus is all things to do with careers and ensuring fulfilment, performance and effectiveness at work, successfully transitioning to a leadership role, dealing with confidence and imposter syndrome, making an impact on return from maternity leave or other career breaks, helping navigate career 'junctions' and decisions, considering and making career changes, finding your career 'mojo' and other related topics to help achieve a fulfilling and rewarding career. How I work: As a Chartered Occupational Psychologist I bring a psychological perspective to my coaching, looking at the underlying factors that influence the way we behave and respond to situations. Where it helps the client I can use a range of psychometric assessments to bring greater clarity and self-awareness to patterns of behaviour. My clients describe me as insightful, open, warm, encouraging and focused on ensuring the client’s success.