Soon 2012 will be finished.  Now is a good time to assess how you did.  If we never pause to assess our performance, we might forfeit valuable lessons.  With that in mind, here are four questions I challenge you—as I challenge myself—to ask concerning 2012:

1—How did you do in your business performance?  Reflecting upon all the professional roles you have held, how did you perform?  Did you do your job with energy, accuracy, enthusiasm, and insight?  By reflecting upon your business performance, you can bask in some well-deserved affirmation of the highlights.  You can also reengineer your business approach where some fine tuning might be needed.

2—How did you do in your ethics performance?  Did you stand tall and true to your ethics regardless of the cost?  By reflecting upon those times when your ethical commitment was put to the test and it stood strong, you can rejoice in your victories.  You can also rethink your approach to ethics if you found yourself coming up short for any reason.

3—How did you do in your leadership performance?  Did you exercise strategic and sound leadership in every situation that demanded it?  By reflecting upon your various leadership situations, you can affirm your leadership where it was tested and found to be solid.  You can also identify those situations that may have revealed some leadership deficits and begin seeking ways to improve and refine.

4—How did you do in your personal performance?  Did you exhibit maturity, passion, strength, and wisdom as you managed your attitude, money, opportunities, relationships, loved ones, spiritual or religious convictions, physical fitness, emotional and mental fitness, and overall wellness?  By reflecting upon your personal performance in these areas, you can take comfort and joy where you know you brought your best self to the table.  You can also take a hard look at any of those areas in which you know deep in your heart some improvement is needed.

These four questions are revealing.  If you enjoy your answers, I am happy for you!  On the other hand, if you are unhappy with the answers to any of these questions, then some thoughtful, soul-searching realignment is needed.

Now for the really good news: you have the power to make the needed changes.  Remember—our failures are only meaningless if we do not learn from them.  Let’s make 2013 the best year ever!

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About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Tyco Integrated Security at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, a blogger, and a University of Phoenix Associate Faculty member. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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