Welcome to 2017!
It’s hard to believe that another new year has already begun. As we look ahead, it’s exciting to think that all opportunities, challenges, and decision points for 2017 are still ahead of us – in this moment, anything is possible!
The new year is a great time to dedicate an hour to reflecting about your career journey and development over the past year, and to think about goals for the year ahead. As we all know, nonprofit professionals are particularly prone to burnout, and reflection can help us remain centered and focused on why we chose to become change-makers. As Einstein said, "action without reflection leads to burnout, reflection without action leads to cynicism.”
Here are some questions to consider as you reflect on the past year and the year ahead:
- What did you learn about yourself professionally over the past year?
- What professional/career experiences are you most grateful for over the past year?
- What was your biggest success in 2016? What was your biggest failure?
- What lessons did you learn from each experience?
- What commitments are you willing to make to advance your career development this year?
- What requests will you make of your employer?
If you find yourself at a career crossroads at the beginning of the year, consider these resources to reflect on what brings you meaning and purpose in your work life:
- Imperative’s Individual Purpose Profile: http://ow.ly/m6zR307JQWG
- “How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love”, Brain Pickings: http://ow.ly/Oqxo307JQZo
- Idealist Careers blog: http://ow.ly/NNtN307JR0X
- The Seven Stories Exercise, The Five O’Clock Club: http://ow.ly/v1eF307JR2F
Share your end of year reflection with us! Leave a comment with one career goal, professional development goal, or general intention for 2017, and our board/volunteers will do the same.