As the sun sets on 2018, it beckons an undertone of emotionally charged reflection. At Injabulo, as is tradition in our team, we are celebrating our successes, taking heed of the hard lessons and looking forward to some much needed rest and restoration.
We thought it would be the perfect time to share some of our tips on how to end the year productively. We believe we have it down to a science. Reflect, Restore and Reignite, lets get our head space ready for 2019.
December of every year is a time for reflection. We recommend this be done at leisure. Did someone say sunshine and fresh air? Yes please! Off course some pretty great coffee cant hurt either. The purpose is to align the natural elements with your internal ones, to allow a space for honest conversations with yourself. The questions I would recommend to help you along this stage are:
- What am I most proud of in the year gone by?
- What habits and behaviour enabled these successes?
- What am I least proud of in the year gone by?
- What habits and behaviour enabled these not so great moments?
- How have I evolved as a person this year?
- What do I want to take with me into 2019, to allow the best version of myself?
Once we have been honest with our successes and pitfalls of the year, its time for some energy management. I see most often in my coaching sessions with top talent, we spend the year fearlessly chasing our goals – and then comes, the crash. As my mum would say, an engine cannot run indefinitely without at least some maintenance. The end of the year is the time for this. Some old fashioned rest and restoration. In the words of the incredible Brene Brown, ‘It takes courage to say YES, to rest and play, in a culture where exhaustion is seen as a status symbol.’ Let us be the ones to break the mold by making time for self care. A couple of tips on how to do this:
- Journal. Find some quiet space and time and get all of your thoughts down. Don’t forget to include a gratitude list, what are you most thankful for? I find it particularly helpful to go back to these posts year on year. It allows us to track our progress mentally.
- Enjoy nature. Wherever you are, get out, get some air and discharge into the natural elements. Lets think of it as a dialysis of sorts – for the soul.
- Surround yourself with the ones you love, but actually be mindful of these moments. Dare I say it? Cheat on your cellphone just for a day and actually have some one on one conversation! We wont tell if you don’t.
The last stage of our Farewell 2018 process is to reignite. By far my favourite stage, its about being the strategist and visionary of the goals for your life and work/business. Set some challenging goals in 2018 but didn’t quite get to them? Well, remind yourself of those and reignite the fire within. Hopefully you have them documented. What isn’t written down, simply does not get measured. I generally recommend 3 major goals for your year. Hopefully they intersect between work and personal life, after all, we are in the constant search of that balance. 2 of those goals should be your non negotiable’s. Your 3rd is what I like to call a stretch goal. Its the difference between a good year and a stellar one. So which will it be? Average Joe or Stellar Sharon? You choose! Either way, dig deep to rekindle your passion for your goals and go into 2019 with that positive spirit and forward momentum.
Personally, its been a richly rewarding year at Injabulo. Thank you to each of you that enabled us this year. We were represented at the Annual Talent Development Conference in San Diego: California, where we got to meet the legendary Barack Obama! (Bucket List anyone?) We underwent an entire brand re-haul which culminated in our website launch. We shared learning moments with incredible people, teams and organisations. We turned 1! We grew the team, created employment and expanded on the number of lives we changed by a growing client base. Most importantly, we lived up to our promise to ourselves and our clients this year. We indeed Dared Greatly.
If this all seems a little tedious, the question is, aren’t you worth the time investment? My parting note is a simple one. Be kind to yourself. In the words of the supremely talented Rihanna (shout out to my millennial friends), never a failure – always a lesson. Keep shining in 2019: I see you!