December is an optimal time to ask questions and gain wisdom from what has occurred over the past year in your career to lay a foundation for what is to come. One of my career mentors, best-selling author and spiritual teacher Christine Arylo, taught me 4 powerful Reflection Questions to use when completing any project, event, relationship, or an entire year. This month is a great time to look back and ask these 4 questions about your career in 2019:
1. What were the successes?
2. What were the surprises?
3. What were the failures?
4. What were the lessons?
Giving focus to these questions around your career can help you to feel proud of what you've accomplished. Often, you forget to celebrate what went well because you tend to keep your eye on what didn't work and needs improvement. By acknowledging what worked, you create the opportunity to expand on that in the new year!
Surprises are fun to examine because as an adult you may tend to over plan, and so the surprises may show you where you're being guided in unexpected directions. This helps you check your perspective on where you are really meant to go, even if you feel afraid or lack confidence. Surprises can also show you what you neglected or where you were naive and helps you know what might need more of your attention going forward.
Finally, acknowledging career failures may not seem so fun but it is the most helpful. Every failure is worthwhile when you discover the learnings. When you take time to reflect and understand that the challenges you faced prepared you in some way for who you are becoming and where you are destined to go, you remember that everything is a blessing. And that wisdom helps you be more true to yourself and continue to courageously take risks as you go forward.
Spiritual Practice: Listening for guidance on the new year
This time of year is great to ask for and receive guidance on what is ahead in the new year. You can ask with simple prayers like "guide me" or "show me." You can tune into guidance through taking deep breaths or full-on meditation and listening. You can also receive clues from messages that pop up in life and feel right and exciting to you - in books, on social media, on billboards, in conversations with friends, and during times of our spiritual practices.
As these inspired messages come into your mind and heart, jot them down in a designated space on your phone, computer, or in a notebook. The beauty of this listening practice is that it is simply an intake process. No decisions need to be made in December. All of this becomes a primer for your visioning and creating process to come.
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