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Hillarie Kay

8 Questions You Need to Ask Before the New Year

As a wife, mom and business owner I know first hand that the last month of the year can sneak up on you! This has been a year of huge growth for me personally and in my business. I gained a husband, 3 more sons to add to my 2 (yes 5 boys!), over double the amount of clients I had last year, the list goes on— and for that I’m truly blessed! It has seriously taken more than me (see what I did there?)  to help make it all happen and I couldn’t be more thankful for my village!

Among all the hustle and bustle I find it hard to just sit down and reflect. Reflect on my business, reflect on my life. But it’s essential. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like they don’t know where to start when it comes to this time of reflection. To help with that, I’ve put together a few questions to guide you through the exercise.

Let’s start with Business

  1. Take a look at the past year. What worked well, what didn’t?
  2. Take the things that went well and expand on it. Why did they go well?
  3. The things that didn’t go well, why didn’t they go well? Was it the actual product/service or was it the operations behind it all?
  4. Now, how can you take what you learned from last year and put that into a strategy for 2019? If looking at the year seems too daunting, what about a strategy for the first quarter of 2019?

Now let’s move on to your personal life. Remember you are More Than Your Business! Here are some questions to ask yourself personally during this time of reflection.

  1. Did make yourself a priority this year?
  2. What were the things that overwhelmed you?
  3. What were the things that relaxed you?
  4. Now, take the things that overwhelmed you, and see how you can use the things that relaxed you to help combat stress in 2019!

After you complete this exercise, I encourage you to look at common themes that occurred while answering the questions. For me, I was amazed at how easy it was to think of things that went badly or things that overwhelmed me, and how hard it was to think of things that went well.  Definitely something I want to work on in 2019.

 How about you, what common theme did you find in your answers?

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