Recently Craig was taking a moment to reflect and review his year to date.
Every autumn, I choose to stop, pause and think about the year so far and what’s been going on. I don’t do this in a formal, appraisal-style fashion, it’s more of a coffee, reflect on what’s happened, where I’m heading for the rest of the year and if necessary change course.
This year I needed a different approach. 2016 has been dotted with lots of challenges and I recognised my reviewing technique needed a refresh to help me stay on track.
In January, after a particularly brilliant coaching session with a colleague, I wrote myself a letter, not because I was lonely(!), but because I wanted to keep a positive ‘map’ of my future journey, to help me stay focused on what I want from my life and not be distracted by the challenges that can often arise. The letter contained details of what success looked like for me and pitfalls I needed to be aware of; all written in very positive language. Every month I read the letter and reflect on my progress, in fact, when things get tough, I use the letter as a reminder to help me regain focus. I keep the letter close to me so I can grab it when I need to.
As I write this blog, I’m looking at my letter and thinking about how far I’ve come against the headings I use:
Each heading contains a paragraph of what I want from these areas and is written in a positive way, using my natural language style. My progress has been pretty good and I can see where I’ve had to tweak my course throughout the year to help me stay on track. It’s proving to be a very useful and straightforward technique to help me and one I would recommend!
If you wrote a letter to yourself, using the headings above, what would you put in it? What difference could it make to your life?
I’d love to hear how this could help you!