Challenges, Leadership, Reflection

The Reflection Challenge

For a few years, I have worked with an Executive and Life Coach. The best gift I ever gave myself was to begin the work with her. Over the years, I have been able to work through career challenges and career highlights, life challenges and life highlights. I have learned to become the best version of myself…albeit still a work in progress!This time of year my coach has me do a couple of very powerful reflection exercises. Today I am going to share those with you and challenge you to do the same!!

1. What went well in my life in 2016?

I typically separate my work and family successes however this year was different for me. I combined what went well into one bucket – what went well in my life in 2016. No more lines between life.

The top 3 things that went well in 2016 were my career, my daughter having her 3rd son, and my promotion (and all the things that came with it – relocation etc.) As my coach and I talked further, I came to realize it was how I handled each of these events in 2016 that made them go so well. That became my overall success – how I live life, how I handle life, and how I enjoy life (the challenges and the successes).

2. The three things I am most proud of in 2016:

  •  Being present and actually living life – this is a practice I work at daily.
  • My daughter becoming an independent person and an even more amazing mother.
  •  The mentoring and paying it forward efforts in 2016. I reached out the hand and helped others.

3. Top 2 lessons learned in 2016

  • Owning my knowledge, my voice, and my impact while never forgetting where I came from.
  • Realizing that delegation is not powerlessness – it is smart business and it takes a village to make things happen. Launching a blog and a social media presence has always been a dream of mine. Once I realized I didn’t need to do it all by myself, it freed me to take the steps to put things in place.

4. What am I grateful for?

I am grateful for my family, for my career and a company that I love being a part of (and where my contribution as a leader is valued), and I am grateful for the ability to take care of my family.

5. What was something I did not accomplish in 2016?

I wanted to go back to school and didn’t do that, but I realize today that I can’t do everything all at once. So there may be a time and a place for school again, but now is not it. And I am okay with that – for today.

This is a time of year for reflections and assessing our life over the past year. Next time, we will dig into what do we need to leave behind as we enter the New Year! (Another assignment from my coach but again a journey that is worth taking.)

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