Reflect, Connect, Create
Every January I dust off my copy of the book "Your Best Year Yet!" by Jinny Ditzler. It was first published in 1994, became a bestseller in Britain, and was the inspiration for a workshop that has been facilitated all over the globe for individuals and companies. Several of my coaching colleagues are certified in this profoundly simple planning process.
The book and workshop are anchored around Ten Questions. What strikes me about the questions is not their originality, but the order in which they are asked. The first four questions ask you to look back on the past year. The next two questions invite you to look within. The last four questions prompt you to look ahead. Reflection, connection, creation.
Q1 What did I accomplish?
Q2 What were my biggest disappointments?
Q3 What did I learn?
Q4 How do I limit myself, and how can I stop?
Notice the splash of Appreciative Inquiry ~ in focusing first on what worked before you assess your misses. Notice as well how these questions prime the pump for a look within, allowing you to report on your external results before excavating the interior terrain of your soul!
Which of these four reflection questions gets your attention on this first Thursday of 2012?
Blessings abundant in 2012!