Podcast 95: Reflecting on the Last Year in Your Holistic Business

business ethical business mindset podcast productivity Dec 16, 2021
Reflecting on the Last Year in Your Holistic Business

We’re coming up to the end of another year and it’s the perfect time to review how it’s gone for you.  Spending time reflecting on last year will help you to wrap up the year and move your focus to what you want to achieve next year.

When you think about your past year - how was it?

Running your own business is a huge personal development exercise and it can be a rollercoaster ride.  It’s easy to get caught up focusing on what went wrong and miss out on the good bits altogether.

If you have a journal, grab it as it will help you with this exercise.  If not, run through the year and make a note of any key events and points over the last year. Think about the projects outside of your client work that you've been involved in too - anything that affects your holistic business.

Create 3 lists

This is a way of segmenting what has happened into different lists so you can reflect on each group separately. You can go old school with this and use paper or do it on your computer or phone - do whatever works for you:

  • Your highs
  • Your lows
  • Things to stop

Now start adding everything that's happened from your notes, diary and/or journal to the different lists. Don’t spend time editing what you write, just start by getting it all onto the lists and review them once you’ve finished.

Your highs

This is an opportunity to celebrate all your wins across the year. What went well for you this year? What are you grateful for? If you’re anything like me, you’ll be surprised by just how many there are when you start to download them in one place.

As you collate this list and allow yourself to celebrate each of the high points - remember how good you felt and your sense of achievement.

Knowing what has worked in your business and the things you did well will help you to plan to do more of those things next year.

Your lows

Take a little time to acknowledge the low points, but don’t spend too long engaging with how you felt.  Use this exercise as a way to consider what you can learn from the different experiences.

Recognise if there was something about the situation that you could have done differently. This awareness is a point of reference, should a similar situation arise in the future. It will also help you with your plans for next year by knowing some of the areas of your business that require a different approach.

Once you’ve learnt what you need to know, it’s time to make peace with or accept the low points so you can move on because over analysing any issues will get in the way of you taking action.

If you feel stuck by these challenging times, use your preferred personal development method (NLP, EFT, journaling etc.) or talk them through with your coach, or a trusted business buddy to support you with this.

Things to stop

Think about the things (including situations and people), that have held you back, or got in your way over the past year. See this as decluttering your business - it can include anything from having a big sort out, to cancelling subscriptions and memberships, dropping one of your services. This exercise will free up your time and energy to make next year amazing.

It's one thing thinking about letting go of things but action is key to success here. Create a plan of action for yourself so you know what you need to do - simply identifying the first step for each thing will help you here. 

Finish on a high

What is the one thing you're most proud of achieving in 2021? Notice how you feel when you think of that and allow yourself to celebrate that feeling as a reminder that you've got this!

Planning to Thrive in 2022 – Saturday 8th January 2022

Join me on Zoom for one day and let’s get 2022 planned and ready for you to thrive.

You’ll create your personalised plan to keep you focussed for the rest of the year, so you know where to direct your efforts.

I’ll help you identify the right marketing activities for your business based on you, your values, your strengths, and your available resources.

The day will be practical and interactive with a comprehensive workbook/planner to complete which will guide you through the rest of the year.

Places are limited to 8 so you’ll get personal feedback and the opportunity to connect with like-minded practitioners and support each other.

So, if you want to get a great start to the year, join me - find the full information here.

Podcast 95 show notes:

  • (02:08) Create 3 lists
  • (03:08) Your highs
  • (04:18) Your lows
  • (05:56) Things to stop
  • (07:20) Finish on a high
  • (07:58) Planning to Thrive in 2022

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