Holidays: Time of Reflection

by: Elaine Lee

Now that the fall semester is coming to an end with holidays right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to take a moment and reflect on how far you’ve come this year. There is no better way to celebrate the holiday season than by sending cards and well wishes to family members, fellow students, professors, coworkers and anyone else you may be thankful for. Perhaps you can send a small thank you note to a friend of a friend who happened to land you an interview at your dream company. It’s always important to be thankful and acknowledge the opportunities that have led you to where you are today.

Not only should you reflect on all that has happened in the past years, also consider your goals for the upcoming new year. If you haven’t thought about it already, here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • What are you looking forward to this year?
  • What are some things you attempted to do last year but didn’t go through with?
  • What do you want to change?
  • How are you going to be more proactive?
  • How do I feel about where I currently am?
  • If I’m not satisfied with my current position, how can I get myself to advance to a place I want to be?
  • What is something new I can try to open up more possibilities and gain more experiences?
  • How can I expand my network of professional contacts?

It is never too soon or late to start planning ahead for the future and mapping out what you want your 2019 to look like. Create a checklist and make it a goal to check them off one by one so that when you reflect at the end of next year, you can feel just as proud. So remember, while you’re sipping on hot cocoa and jamming out to holiday tunes, take some time to consider what you’re grateful for.

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