As the end of the year is approaching, I always like to pause and reflect on the year past, and for what lies ahead in the year to come. This discovery process is the hallmark of sustainability, and will give you valuable insight as a sustainability leader to build a strong foundation as you move forward.
Commit to unabashedly claim your achievements without false modesty, and be fearlessly vulnerable as you admit your perceived shortcomings in writing - sharing your ideas with no one. There is no benefit to be found in striving for the "right' answer or in trying to look good. I encourage you to be scrupulously honest and objective with yourself. Ask yourself:
What does sustainability mean to me?
What were the highlights of the past year?
What didn't work for me this past year?
How can I incorporate sustainability into my life in 2011?
What have I learned about sustainability?
Who inspires me?
Who or what am I most grateful for this year?
Celebrating your accomplishments, laying the baggage of the past year to rest and making a conscious decision to carry forward the lessons, is great preparation for optimizing your personal and professional performance and lifestyle toward sustainability.
Congratulations on completing your annual sustainability review!