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What Were You Aiming at This Year? And Did You Get There?

26 Dec. 2010

 

The end of the year is always a time of reflection. Do you think back on what’s happened during the year? Try it - it can be surprising to do this – a year turns out to be a long time.

 

You may not make resolutions on New Year’s each year, but most of us return to work in early January with a renewed sense of our professional selves, charged up from rest, relaxation, celebration, and connections.

 

Last January when 2010 was just starting, did you expect to be reading a blog like this? Did it help you, spur something inside you to take an action to further your professional life? By March as spring weather (at least in the NE of the US) was urging us to spend more time outside and we were beginning to see more daylight, did you decide to do more of something at work or to keep up professionally? When summer came and you took some vacation, did you take a book on leadership along with your summer beach reads? Maybe the fall saw you redoubling efforts such as organizing your professional documents, updating your CV, and ensuring the brand that is you was consistent.

 

Can you identify a common theme through the year that kept you on the path of growth and expansion on your work and profession? Once you identify the key actions you took and what the commonality across and among them, you can start 2011 in a more aware and knowledgeable position to take even more advantage of the ways you are stimulated to take action.

 

I’d love to hear from you about what spurred you on to act…Write me, DM-tweet me, and I'll reply.

 

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