2019 Reflections and Welcoming 2020
Updated: May 14, 2020
"For last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning." T.S. Eliot
2019 is nearly in the history books, and we’re about to start a new decade.
How was it for you? Did it seem to shoot by, or was it a slog you had to fight your way through? We had quite the year here at Noirwolf! Some challenges and learnings, but a lot more enjoyable times, which overall made 2019 a first-rate year for us. Whether it was a rapturous twelve months for you or one that you’d sooner forget, reflecting on what occurred is the best way to make the year meaningful.
As the holiday season approaches, we make a habit of taking some time out of each day to reflect on our experience of the previous year. Your successes and your failures can be powerful lessons if you take the time to examine them. Peering honestly at how you reacted in different situations, whether good or bad, can help you to understand what motivates you, and what you truly want from the future - hopefully
Self-awareness and a willingness to reflect on both the things that went well and the things that you’d instead not look at are critical for anyone in a leadership position, be it in your job, your business, your family, or only as of the steward of your own life. As you approach the start of 2020, prepare yourself for success by accepting the lessons that are waiting for you in 2019.
How Would You Sum Up Your Year?
Start with a surface scan. Set yourself some landmarks to guide your exploration. What were some of the major lessons you learned? Considering them may reveal more in-depth insights.
What gave you the most joy? What were some less than stellar moments? Don’t be afraid to examine the elements of your current state that you’re not comfortable particularly happy with.
These are often more important as a tool for growth than the parts of your life that you’re satisfied with, and usually, if you think about the bigger picture, you’re issues may also be great learnings for other people too.
As you reflect on 2019, what would you have done differently and perhaps changed your path if you had the chance? Consider actions or situations that you recognize as unhealthy so that you can avoid repeating them in the coming year.
What’s Working Well?