LESSON #1 — REDEFINE SUCCESS
One of my biggest takeaways for 2022 is redefining what success means to me. In last year’s lessons, I spoke about narrowing my business focus to coaching high-achievers at a career crossroads. This level of clarity led me to launch my signature coaching program, Ignite Your Career and new career development workshops in 2021.
2022 has seen me continue to double down on this work. I’ve found even greater clarity around the clients I’m best placed to support, the problem I solve and unique solutions I provide. Some of the highlights included:
- Positive feedback and results from private and corporate clients, client renewals and referrals
- Supporting new/existing private clients at a high-touch level to transform their careers
- Presenting for ALPMA again in 2022, as well as new clients including Suncorp Group and Origin Energy
- Running a series of trainings for Origin Energy as part of the roll-out of their new career development program
Through the process of clarifying what I want (and letting go of what I don’t), I’ve redefined what success means looks like to me. This has reignited my passion to support others to do the same.
I’ve reconnected to my mission: helping high-performers redefine success and create a career (and life) on their terms. This sense of purpose kept me focused and motivated, even during challenging times.
I’m noticing a lot of clients, friends and peers have also stepped into a new level of clarity around what they want in their careers (and lives) this year. After the uncertainty of the past few years, they’re done thinking about it. They’ve decided what they want and are ready to take action towards it in 2023!
The lesson for you is this… When you redefine what success looks like, you will get unstuck and clarify your direction.
• What does success mean to YOU? What do you want in your career (and life)?
• And what’s one step you can take to start to create it in 2023?
LESSON #2 — STEP INTO SELF-TRUST
My biggest lesson this year was deepening my level of self-trust, confidence in my decisions and what’s right for me. In my 2021 review, I talked about learning to trust myself — instead of looking to others for answers or direction as I’d done in the past.
The ‘theme’ word I chose for 2022 was TRUST. And it was fitting, as it was something I leaned into throughout the year!
I value certainty and the many moments of unpredictability created a lot of anxiety. At times, my self-belief became shaky. But by focusing on what I CAN control and choosing to fully trust myself, I was able to navigate any uncertainty.
In 2022, I’ve stepped into a new level of trust and belief in the value I provide through my work. Plus, the unique coaching process and framework I’ve developed. With further clarity around who I support and how, I’m truly owning my space and communicating with much more authority.
As a result, I’ve built growing recognition as a career development expert through my thought leadership and media. Publications I’ve contributed to in 2022 include: the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, Courier Mail, Fairygodboss and LinkedIn News.
It’s taken a few years of testing things out or trying to follow other people’s strategies — which didn’t seem to fit. But as 2022 comes to a close, I know what’s best for me. Because when you step into complete self-trust, you will find clarity, direction and create the career you want with confidence.
Consider — Are you looking outside yourself for answers? Where do you need to start trusting yourself in your career and life?
LESSON #3 — SMALL STEPS CREATE GIANT LEAPS
A big realisation I’ve come to in 2022 is the impact of taking tiny steps, continuously over time. 2021 was all about visibility and making massive leaps outside my comfort zone. So in comparison, this year didn’t feel quite so profound.
I took a lot of seemingly small steps throughout the year. But as I look back on 2022, it’s resulted in some significant inroads into projects which have been on my list for 12+ months! I started a YouTube channel, created a brand new audio training, did a website and brand refresh, and launched a free monthly masterclass (which I’ll run regularly in 2023!).
Each project took a lot of creative energy — and time to grasp the technology and automation. This required me to get messy, experiment and move past perfectionism and self-doubt. As a high-achiever who has a tendency to look ahead, it was a lesson in the power of taking smaller, incremental daily steps.
Reflecting on all I’ve accomplished in 2022 has given me the evidence to see what’s possible and what I have the capacity to execute. This has led the way for even more exciting initiatives and creative projects in 2023. Some which I’ve also been talking about for years!
The bottom-line is this. When you take small steps, consistently, you will create big results over time.
Consider — What projects or results did you achieve which you haven’t yet acknowledged? And what daily habits or actions led to these outcomes?
So, there you have it. The 3 game-changing lessons I’ve learnt during another extraordinary year. My hope is you can learn from my experiences and celebrate your year too.
Next week, I’ll be sharing my annual Christmas bonus to wrap up the year. A simple year-end reflection to help you review your year and get ready for 2023!