It seems 2016 is determined to remain eventful right down to the wire. There really isn’t much time left to slow things down and catch your bearings. Personally, a good debriefing of the year is essential to making plans for the future. This year might have knocked you off of your feet for reasons both good and bad. Let’s finish 2016 strong!
This week would be a great time to take a few minutes to focus on the ups, the downs and everything in between. Here are a few ways that the Embodi team plans to finish the year off strong and move into the New Year on a high vibration.
Moving Right Along: How to Finish 2016 Strong
Exercises in Reflection:
1. Feel Your Feelings.
You may not be feeling like your best self right now. Or you may be feeling like the queen of this ish. No matter where you are with your feelings, know that they are all valid. You are allowed to acknowledge your emotions.
That being said, the things we deal with affect us all differently. We’ve been taught that there is a time and place for feelings and anything outside of those bounds are deemed “irrational”. Hold space for yourself and accept your emotions. You don’t have to ACT every time there is a new emotion but you can definitely acknowledge your emotions.
We know we shouldn’t take things personally, especially in business, but that doesn’t mean you won’t feel that way. Understand what your triggers are and how to work through them.
2. Journal Your Thoughts.
Journaling is a great way to get all of your thoughts out of your head and onto paper. It can be the perfect way to decompress, but also work through whatever it is that you have going on. Your journal is a personal place so feel free to personalize it. You can write, draw include magazine clippings, etc. Just do what works best for you. The idea is to solve problems and get creative. Get it out and onto paper (or journal digitally).
It wouldn’t be a bad idea as a boss babe to start a business journal. This way you can reflect beyond just this week. At the end of 2017 you can do the same and have a look back at your 2016 recap.
Another benefit of journaling is that you can also use it to explore the other exercises on the list.
3. Take Stock of Your Interactions.
As entrepreneurs a lot of our work is about interacting with our clients and customers. You’ve encountered a lot of people this year. How did they affect you? Is there a pattern? This can help you figure out who you are in relation to how you navigate interactions with others.
In business, this can be a helpful customer service tool. Maybe you had a terrible experience with a particular client. It’s possible that they were just the worst but there’s definitely a learning opportunity there. Did you handle the situation the best way you could? What could have made it less painful for you, or them?
Remember, we can only really control our own behavior. If you find that you did everything right and things just didn’t work out that’s fine too. When we are honest with ourselves about what our roles and begin to take responsibility for our part we can make the real changes that matter. Finish 2016 strong by giving yourself the honesty you deserve to push yourself to the next level.
4. Evaluate Growth.
The commonality between both good and bad experiences and that is that they affect you. Sometimes these events set us back but if you consider yourself a boss babe I’m certain you’ve done some amazing things to date. Write those things down. How have they changed you for the better? What did you learn?
If you have been making moves this year you’ve probably grown tremendously. Think back to this time last year. (This is where that year long journal could come in handy.) Changes in the way you handled things this time around show how much you have grown.
Take a look at tangible grown too. You may have increased revenue this year. Maybe you have more customers and sales these past couple of months. All growth is important and should be celebrated. There might be something on your list that you have enough time to amend just in time to finish 2016 strong.
5. Set New Goals.
Lastly, but definitely not least, set some goals for yourself to crush in 2017. Whether you call them goals, intentions, or resolutions write down some of the things you plan to accomplish this upcoming year. Include both short- and long-term goals here. In my experience, the more details I include the more tangible the intentions become. And everything may not play out the way you intend, but it still helps to plan. It’s also cool to add some things that seem impossible to the list. We know we can achieve great things when we push ourselves. Add some items that will make sure you do just that.
Ending this list of exercises on a high note is the perfect way to transition in to 2017. Now that’s how you finish 2016 strong!
We’ve all had different experiences this year. For some it may have been the best of times and for others of us possibly the worst. Either way these exercises in reflection will help you get acquainted with the things you can control moving forward.
Essentially, knowing where you are and accepting that opens up a world of discovery and eventually, growth. ‘Tis the season to get it together. Let’s get it!