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During the transition from one year into the next, we tend to focus upon what's coming up in the new year. Planning ahead and creating goals is a great thing, and we can't forget to reflect on the previous year because we can learn from what's not working for us, what is working well, and what we can improve upon.
Taking time out to reflect is a simple, yet powerful practice that can support you to be at your personal best. You can reveal strengths and areas for improvement - learn from past experiences and course correct for the next time.
To take yourself (or a team) through a reflection, you can ask yourself a series of simple questions.
Possible areas of focus: Relationships, Health, Personal meaning/Purpose, Work, Collaboration, Society/Community/Planet, Mindset, Creativity, Lifelong Learning, Leadership, Profitability, etc...
What didn't go well in 2019? What do I want to do differently and/or improve?
What went well in 2019? What shall I continue to do/be?
How will I apply my learnings/insights? When?
What do I need to stop doing/being in 2020?
What will I start doing/being in 2020?
Goodbye 2019, and Hello 2020!
Let go of what no longer serves you to make space for the new experiences. Otto Scharmer refers to this in Theory U, referring to letting go to let come. Let's face it, it's very hard to create new experiences with baggage from the past dragging you down.
Daily gratitude feels good. Each morning when your feet hit the floor, express gratitude for 3 things you're grateful for and one positive experience you've had over the past 24 hours. It can help you to become more focused and present, and can support you to be more positive overall - and when we hit challenging times. It's a daily habit worth practicing.
Complete your end of the year reflection with gratitude for what you've experienced over the past 12 months and for whats to come in the new year.
Express three things that you're grateful for to close your Reflection process.
Tip: Take time to pause and send positive thoughts out into the world.
Studies show that people can deliberately cultivate gratitude by literally counting their blessings and writing letters of thanks. This proactive acknowledgement can increase well-being, health, and happiness. Being grateful—and especially the expression of it—is also associated with increased energy, optimism, and empathy.
Set an intention for what you want to be, live, and show up in the world. An intention shouldn’t be confused with a goal—it’s not something you attach an expectation or evaluation to. It’s something you want to align with in your life. It’s an aim, a purpose, or attitude you’d be proud to commit to.
Life is beautiful. It's a complex journey and it gets better when you know yourself better and knowing you have the ability to direct your focus and intention.
The purpose of this simple exercise is to demonstrate three key principles useful for creativity and idea generation: quantity is a condition for quality; building on the ideas of others; the ideas we come up with are usually all the same. The format is simple, with small groups standing and drawing apples. At the end of the exercise the whole group reflects and draws out learnings and reflections.
IDOARRT is a simple tool to support you to lead an effective meeting or group process by setting out clear purpose, structure and goals at the very beginning. It aims to enable all participants to understand every aspect of the meeting or process, which creates the security of a common ground to start from. The acronym stands for Intention, Desired Outcome, Agenda, Rules, Roles and Responsibilities and Time.
A short activity to run early in a program, focused on sharing fears, anxieties and uncertainties related to the program theme. The purpose is to create openness within a group. The stinky fish is a metaphor for "that thing that you carry around but don’t like to talk about; but the longer you hide it, the stinkier it gets." By putting stinky fish (fears and anxieties) on the table, participants begin to relate to each other, become more comfortable sharing, and identify a clear area for development and learning.
A team-building activity in which a group is challenged to physically support one another in an endeavor to move from one end of a space to another. It requires working together creatively and strategically in order to solve a practical, physical problem. It tends to emphasize group communication, cooperation, leadership and membership, patience and problem-solving.
This workshop aims to help participants define, decide and achieve their goals. By supporting participants to envision where they want to be in a number of years on a holistic level, and defining the steps that will take them there, participants get a clearer picture of the action they need to take.
This exercise is useful for bringing groups together, to create interpersonal bonds, and to build trust. Participants stand opposite each other and have 30 seconds to give appreciative feedback to the other person. The group rotates until everyone has given feedback to everyone else. It is often used as part of wrap-up activities, to create an energized feeling to leave with.