It comes this time of the year again – review time!!! We are 11 days into December now, and only 20 days away from stepping into a new year. How are you traveling with your ‘new year’s resolutions for 2017’? Exactly one year ago, I wrote on a post on how to perform a year-end review (Click HERE for the post). I thought about recycle that material for this year’s post for a second, then I decided to do something different for a change. I’m going to review my entire 2017 and share it here with you, with everyone!
However, before we go into the details of my year-end review, I have highlighted the importance of performing a year-end review below
- Keep you tracking of how you performing throughout the year
- Tracking your achievement throughout the year will give new inspirations for setting your goals and resolutions for the next year
- Gives yourself a pad on the shoulder for your achievements and a reason to celebrate even more during the festive season
- There is a build-in momentum and energy if you are on track and doing well
- Don’t be stressed if you are tick off all your goals from the list, let’s put them on the list for the next year, but target to tick them off at the beginning of the year instead towards the end.
So…How does my year-end review look like?
2017 has been a turning point in my life, at least the career part of my life. After working in finance for 8 years, I had finally made a decision to leave the industry and pursue something different. On the day of resignation, I had no concrete plan but just a determined mind of leaving this industry for good.
Why did I leave investment bank industry, where every graduate would be dreaming to get set a foot there? The truth is there aren’t overarching reasons, the issue did not occur on one day…Banking industry has been stuck to the status quo over the last decade, in other words, it has been a sink ship giving the rising of the tech start-ups and and the disruption caused by blockchain. Many of the banks are forced to download to reduced their operating costs by cutting the back office staff and front office have been bullied with impossible sales targets. Among those changes, I see no light in my banking career but a mountain high stress snowballing towards my way. To be honest, earlier this year I was seeing psychologist in order to keep my sanity together. This isn’t something that is untrue and grossly exaggerated, many of the seemingly glamorous bankers out there might actually echo my voices. The invisible monster of stress was slowing eating me from inside, till I had no soul left in my body, but a walking corpse. When I had no motivation to wake up in the morning each day, that was the moment I decided to take charge of my own life and do something about it.
I never actually experienced the true essence of ‘Free as a Bird’, till the moment I have resigned. I took three months traveling the world. Time was a luxury I couldn’t afford in the days I had the banking job. I could barely travel anywhere for more than a week. As some of you who followed my previous posts, you probably read that I was traveling in Israel, Mauritius, Japan, Italy, Georgia, Spain, Thailand (a few times), Bali, Australia and China during this summer. It was definitely a good break for my body and mind. However, life isn’t just a journey about traveling and what would be my next step after that?
The funny thing is, Life always has its own way of playing things out. Things come around when you are least looking. I have landed many Top Tier Brands, like Tom Ford, Mont Blanc, Furla, Google, Samsung, Lane Crawford, etc., after I have resigned. I have started a social media consultancy company helping fashion brands and individuals with their social media market strategy and growth hacking.
So let’s get back to my year-end review questions… Did I archive my goals for 2017? Yes! I’ve always wanted to do something about 7am – 8pm job, and I’m so proud that I finally got back to the driver’s seat to took charge of my own life. How was the journey along the way? Just like a roll-coaster. There were ups and downs, but the most important thing is to enjoy the ride and eventually you will get there. I’m proud and glad to finish my 2017 on a high note!
Here’s a list of sample questions you can use to help you reflect, appreciate and get excited for 2017
For your 2017
- If you had to describe your 2016 in 3 words, what would they be?
- What new things did you discover about yourself?
- What single achievement are you most proud of?
- What was the best news you received?
- What was your favorite place that you visited in 2016?
- Which of your personal qualities turned out to be the most helpful this year?
- Who was your number one go-to person that you could always rely on?
- Which new skills did you learn?
- What, or who, are you most thankful for?
- If someone wrote a book about your life in 2016, what kind of genre would it be? A comedy, love story, drama, film noir or something else?
- What was the most important lesson you learned in 2016?
- Which mental block(s) did you overcome?
- What was your biggest break-through moment career-wise?
- What book or movie affected your life in a profound way?
- What was your favorite compliment that you received this year?
- What little things did you most enjoy during your day-to-day life?
- What was your most common mental state this year (e.g. excited, curious, stressed)?
- Was there anything you did for the very first time in your life this year?
- What was your favorite moment spent with your friends?
- What major goal did you lay the foundations for?
- Which worries turned out to be completely unnecessary?
- What experience would you love to do all over again?
- How did your overall outlook on life evolve?
- What was the biggest problem you solved?
- What was the funniest moment of your year, one that still makes it hard not to burst out laughing when you think about it?
- What one thing would you do differently and why?
- What do you deserve a pat on the back for?
- What activities made you lose track of time?
- What did you think about more than anything else?
- What advice would you give your early-2016 self if you could?
- Did any parts of your self or your life do a complete 180 this year?
- What or who had the biggest positive impact on your life this year?
For your 2018
- What do you want the overarching theme for your 2017 to be?
- What do you want to see, discover, explore?
- Who do you want to spend more time with in 2017?
- What skills do you want to learn, improve or master?
- Which personal quality do you want to develop or strengthen?
- What do you want your everyday life to be like?
- Which habits do you want to change, cultivate or get rid of?
- What do you want to achieve career-wise?
- What do you plan to tick off during 2017 from your travel bucket list?
- What is your number one goal for 2017?
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