Janus is the god of beginnings and transitions. He’s often depicted with two faces, each facing in opposite directions, simultaneously viewing the past and future. And thus, we have January. An ideal time to reflect back upon the past year and create the new year. Because it truly is a creation. You get to make it what you want!
Reflection is an important part of our journey as leaders. By pausing to think critically and honestly about what we learned, what we unlearned, and what we want to apply, we are able to take our life experiences and create the greatest impact we aspire to make.
Give yourself the space and time to thoughtfully answer the following questions about 2011 and 2012. Buddy up with a partner and share your answers and hold each other accountable. Make Janus proud.
- What were your greatest successes and breakthroughs in 2011?
- What else would you like to celebrate?
- What risks did you take this year that you are proud of, regardless of the outcome?
- What would you like to acknowledge yourself for?
- What are you grateful for this year? List everyone you are grateful for, and if you haven’t already told them, this is a great time to do so!
- What was your biggest “failure” this year? What did you learn from it?
- What was your biggest disappointment or loss this year? How have you integrated it? What, if anything, is left to heal or let go of?
- What is incomplete that you want to complete before the year ends or in early 2012?
- Overall, what was this year about for you? What’s the title of this chapter in the book of your life?
- What lessons have you learned this past year that you want to carry into 2012?
- What will 2012 be about for you (the chapter title or the theme)?
- What do you want to change in 2012?
- What do you want to begin in 2012?
- What do you want to let go of or stop doing this year?
- What is one significant goal (personal or professional) you will accomplish? What other goals do you intend to accomplish this year?
- Who will you need to be to create the year you envision?
- What have you learned that you want to put into use this year?
- What support will you need? Who will help you along the way?
- What is the risk you must take in 2012 in order to live the life you envision?
- What are you ready to commit to doing in the first three months of 2012?