Congratulations, and welcome to the (new) Roaring 20s!

With the closing of 2019, not only do we celebrate having taken another trip around the sun, we look back on 10 trips! Yes, we’re welcoming in a new year—and a brand-new decade—with a bang.

The end of each year always lends itself to reflection on how far we’ve come in the past 12 months. And—this year especially—the past decade. Every one of us has had major experiences worth noting. That’s why I always like to spend the first part of the New Year documenting and celebrating our accomplishments in what I like to call an Annual Report. (And, being that it’s a new decade, I’ve also created a Decade Report.)

Try it yourself!

From a professional and personal perspective, what’s worth noting?

Professional accomplishments

  • Did you complete a course?
  • Finish a degree?
  • Get a new title?
  • Negotiate a raise?
  • Earn a new type-rating?
  • Lead a team or project?
  • Speak at an industry conference?
  • Train new hires?
  • Purchase major new equipment?
  • Complete a new safety rating?
  • Mentor an up-and-comer?
  • Work with your own mentor?
  • Overcome barriers?
  • Help your company save money, bring in revenue or both?

Personal Accomplishments

  • Did you relocate?
  • Buy a home?
  • Start (or end) a relationship?
  • Become a parent?
  • Travel to a new country?
  • Volunteer?
  • Reach a reading goal?
  • Launch a “side hustle” business?
  • Get in shape?
  • Overcome a serious injury or illness?
  • Take a month of vacation?
  • Make amends?
  • Gain a new perspective?

Whether you’re planning to change careers or stay where you are, please take some time to document what you did right. And, as well, pull up your resume, CV and LinkedIn pages and be sure your dates, details, education, titles and work history are current. Then give yourself a ‘high-five.’

These reports can prove to be very powerful—especially at your annual review and/or when you’re preparing for a next step. And sometimes these documents are the perfect way to give ourselves a personal “pep-talk” regarding how far we’ve come.

Look for the Lessons

Not only mention what you accomplished, but what you learned in the process. What can you take away from your experiences to help you grow? If you faced challenges, did you gain more resolve, clarity and determination as a result? How have you changed?

And don’t forget any shortcomings or failures you might have endured. Failure, as we know, can be a great teacher. It’s important to look back on our mistakes so we can correct them, grow and move forward.

Download our Annual Report Tool

To help document your year-in-review and decade-in-review, I hope you’ll download our complimentary Annual Report and Decade Report. If you’re like me, you’ll get a kick out of this exercise. In fact, I recommend working on these PDFs together with your significant other and/or family. Even school-age children and young adults can take part. Not only will these personal inventories measure growth, I promise you they’re a surefire way to increase your self-esteem and sense of pride, and who doesn’t need that?

Keep in mind, your Annual Report is highly personal and there’s no need to share it. However, you may wish to share several of your major accomplishments with us. At API, we’re interested in your progress, so it’s a great time of year to login to our website and update your Registered Professional profile. Tell us your current job title, location, education, training, certification, etc.

We’re you’re finished with your Reports, feel free tell us in the comments below something that you did that’s worth celebrating!

And don’t forget, once you’ve said goodbye to the year that was, it’s time to make plans for the year ahead! Check out our blog on goal setting.

P.S. Executive coach and TEDx speaker Sam Horn offers up another great decade-in-review inventory tool. It’s one that you can review with your loved ones.

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