Festive Reflections: Remember Your “Why” and Remember to Honor It
As we wrap up 2023, it’s good to do a bit of reflection. This holiday season, I want to share some encouragement and a quick reminder as we get ready for 2024.
The end of the year is always a mix of sweet and bittersweet moments for me.
It’s sweet because of the holidays, spending time with loved ones, and the hope that a new year brings. Yet, it’s easy to feel a bit down about the imperfections – the goals we didn’t quite reach, the little slip-ups (which, by the way, aren’t as big a deal as we might think).
I’m sure your mind is buzzing with thoughts right now. So, here’s a simple holiday message to give you a boost as we step into the new year.
Think back to the start of 2023 and where you’ve come since then.
You came up with strategies to improve processes, worked hard to keep teams and clients happy, faced different challenges, and set the right priorities. You achieved some goals and maybe missed a few.
What matters most is that you were in a state of continuous improvement.
As the months flew by and things got hectic, it was easy to lose sight of the forest for the trees.
So, I’m inviting you to hit “pause” for a moment and remember why you made certain choices and accomplished what you did (or didn’t).
Why did those goals matter to you?
Why did you choose to pursue those management initiatives?
Why did you commit to continuously improving instead of settling for “good enough”? (Feel free to answer – this isn’t a rhetorical question.)
As we get bogged down in the details of daily and weekly tasks, it’s easy to forget our “why” – and that’s totally normal.
Occasional distractions aren’t necessarily a bad thing…
As long as we come back to our “why.”
Believe me, I’m easily distracted (just ask my husband, Hristo!). I can speak to the importance of staying focused and remembering your “why” because I know from experience how much harder it is when you don’t remember.
So, my question is:
What’s your “why”?
What keeps you motivated, what enables you to stay optimistic, tweaking your systems and management practices, even when you don’t see results right away?
What is it that drives you towards hitting your targets?
And your answer has to be more than simply, “because it’s my job.” Because “It’s my job” will keep you going in the short run. But it’s not a powerful enough reason to keep you going through the pain of change.
Why do you want to make a change?
Maybe it’s to manage happy and engaged people, maybe it’s to make realistic commitments and meet them every time, maybe it’s to do the right things the right way, or to leave the company culture a little bit of a better place than how you found it…
This new year, I invite you to do just one thing:
Make a conscious effort to stick to your “why.”
Remember it and remember to honor it.
I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Meet the Author
Sonya Siderova is a passionate product manager and a driving force behind Nave, a Kanban analytics suite that helps teams improve their delivery speed through data-driven decision making. When she's not catering to her two little ones, you might find Sonya absorbed in a good heavyweight boxing match or behind a screen crafting a new blog post.