As the year closes we are all busy – busy going into the holiday season and busy thinking about next year. It’s all too easy to think about the things we want to improve and do better in 2012.
In the rush to optimize, tweak, improve, and maybe completely overhaul the way we are doing things, it’s important to take a moment and reflect and congratulate ourselves on all the things we did right and even the things that we tried but could have done better.
Before you sharpen your pencils or fire up your laptop to create a plan of attack for 2012, take some time to make an ‘I did’ list for 2011.
Resist the urge to critique, scold, or berate yourself for things you didn’t get to; you can tackle that stuff (if you wish) next year.
You’ll probably be surprised by all of the things you got done. This will feel good. It’s so easy to keep our sights on the next accomplishment, goal, or milestone that we forget how far we have come.
Give yourself a high-five, a bubble bath, a pedicure, or whatever you do to do treat yourself.
Being creative is hard. Running a small business is hard. What we’re doing here takes guts.
The sense of accomplishment and pride this little exercise generates will restore you, help you enter 2012 with a sense of your own competence, and give you the boost you need to tackle all your new plans with gusto and confidence.