As you make plans to spend time with friends and family tonight/tomorrow to celebrate the New Year, I recommend that you try and set aside 30 minutes to really reflect on the past year professionally.
What have you learned? What would you have done differently? What would you have done the same? How can you take steps to manage changes that will no doubt come your way in 2012, helping yourself get out AHEAD of those changes? What are your goals (and in what priority) for the upcoming year professionally and personally? Where do those goals cross over? What makes you unique in your professional world? And finally, are you really doing what you are meant to do?
These are heavy questions. But can you deny that they are essential to know and live out?! There’s no better time than now to take an introspective look and put the right foot forward in taking control of your career.
Happy New Year!