Magazines and TV shows create a year in review spotlighting the highs and lows of the year. Music apps show you your favorite music from the year, what you played most often and what they suggest for the coming year. Today, the Bible App I use – You Version, listed “the 2023 Verse of the Year!”

Do you do this yourself? Do you take the time each year end to review the spotlights of your career and make plans for the coming year?

Your year in review isn’t just a checklist of accomplishments; it’s a celebration of your growth, resilience, and the exciting adventures that lie ahead. So, grab a cup  your favorite beverage, settle into your most comfy chair, and take some time to review your career this past year and look to the future.  Here’s how!

Section 1: Celebrate Praises, Wins and Milestones

What blessings or answered prayers were received?  Also, reflect on your achievements and milestones, both big and small. Whether you mastered a new skill, completed a challenging project, or reached a personal goal, each accomplishment deserves a moment in the spotlight. Don’t be shy – celebrate your victories and acknowledge the hard work that went into them. After all, success is a journey, not just a destination.

Section 2: Reflect on Lessons Learned

As a career coach, I always emphasize the importance of continuous learning. Take a moment to reflect on the lessons you’ve learned throughout the year. What challenges did you overcome? How did you navigate setbacks? Your ability to adapt and grow is a testament to your resilience. Consider these experiences as stepping stones, not stumbling blocks, and use them to fuel your future success.

Section 3: Assess Your Goals Now

Let’s revisit the goals you set at the beginning of the year. Did you achieve them? If so, fantastic! Celebrate the determination and dedication that got you there. If not, don’t be discouraged. Use this as an opportunity to reassess your goals, tweak them if necessary, and create a plan for the upcoming year. Remember, a setback is a setup for a comeback!

Section 4: Cultivate Your Network

Your professional network is a valuable asset. Take a moment to acknowledge the connections you’ve made throughout the year. Did you attend networking events, join industry groups, or connect with colleagues? Building relationships is an ongoing process, so pat yourself on the back for your networking efforts. Consider reaching out to express gratitude and nurture these connections for future collaborations.

Section 5: Embrace Growth Opportunities

In the fast-paced world of careers, staying relevant is key. Reflect on the growth opportunities you seized – be it attending workshops, enrolling in courses, or participating in mentorship programs. Your commitment to lifelong learning not only enhances your skills but also positions you as a dynamic professional ready to tackle new challenges.

As you wrap up your year in review, remember that your career is a journey filled with twists, turns, and unexpected joys. Embrace the highlights, learn from the challenges, and look forward to the exciting opportunities that the new year will undoubtedly bring!