Embrace the Lessons of 2019: Reflect and Review

When I reflect, I am able to put an experience into perspective and learn from it. Reflecting and reviewing on my past year allows me to distance myself from the emotions of good and bad experiences and see them with fresh eyes.

Each December, prior to the New Year and setting new goals, I try to spend some quality time reflecting and reviewing the past year.

The benefits:

  • Provides perspective
  • Gives me emotional integrity to my thoughts
  • Increases my gratitude and confidence
  • Clarifies the big picture
  • Turns my experiences into wisdom

Here’s how to embrace the lessons of 2019 to make for an impactful 2020:

  1. Get away (by yourself) and set aside time to reflect and review
  2. Remove distractions and take a journal with you
  3. Ask yourself the right questions
  4. List highlights with your family and friends
  5. Note personal highlights of the past year
  6. Reflect on professional highlights of the past year
  7. Reflect on the low points as well as major events
  8. Be grateful for your milestones
  9. Reflect on your leadership influence, impact, and inspiration
  10. Ask yourself “what went right” personally
  11. Ask yourself “what went right” professionally
  12. Note what went wrong and why
  13. Make a list of what you’ve learned this year
  14. Make a list of things you can do differently next year to bring more meaning, fulfillment, and significance

I personally don’t take a deep dive into every category of my life but instead try to pull out key learnings and perspectives. This allows me to prepare to navigate the new year so I can reset in a more meaningful way.

I wish you a year of purpose ahead as you reflect and review on your 2019.

Here’s to a powerful 2020!

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Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.