I have a tradition that I’d like to share with you. No, it doesn’t involve cooking, shopping, or any other usual holiday stuff—although I have those traditions too.

Every year, as I mentioned earlier this month in the article titled “Bad Hair Day“, I look back in gratitude for what I’ve accomplished in my business, and assess how far I’ve come since the previous year. I take an inventory of whom I’ve worked with, and determine some markers for the success rates of both myself and my clients.

After reviewing the average time each of my new career clients spent working with me, and comparing their results with that timeline, I was able to determine that, on average, my clients with a prospective salary range of $60-$130k are able to transition into a new job within four months using my BRIDGE Method. Clients in the $150k+ salary range found a job within six months.

I have faith that the people I work with, whether on a short-term or long-term basis, are the right match for the services I offer. And so we’re able to work collaboratively to create amazing results. When I plan my next business year from this place of gratitude, the forecast always looks rosy—and as we all know, what we think about is what comes to us when we take action on it!

This week, take some time to reflect on your own business’s performance. Don’t waste time judging or saying things like, “If only…” or “I should have…” Instead, take note of your milestones and your positive accomplishments. Look at the results you’ve generated. Which feel really good to you? Which can you improve next year, using your new experience and knowledge? What were your goals for 2010, and how many of them did you meet?

It’s important for all of us to recognize our positive accomplishments as well as acknowledge our shortcomings. Maybe you could have done more prospecting this year—but you did build that database, which will support you in your dealings with new clients in 2011. Remember that while some years are banner years, some years are more about balance, transition, and learning. According to some, this year (2010) has brought not only personal transition for many people, but a global shift toward a higher consciousness and a different way of thinking about life and business. Now that’s encouraging!

“People should think things out fresh and not just accept conventional terms and the conventional way of doing things.” R. Buckminster Fuller

Dawn Quesnel, CPCC, PCC, known as Coach DQ, is a professional coach, radio show host and workshop leader. Through the use of her B.R.I.D.G.E. programs she helps marketing, advertising, and creative entrepreneurs navigate career or business transition while maintaining a healthy career-life balance. Her core belief that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to, consistently leads clients to uncover hidden resources and strengths. B.R.I.D.G.E. the gap and accelerate your career so you can love your life now! http://www.coachdq.com

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As a certified professional coach, radio show host and workshop leader, Dawn helps sales, marketing, advertising and creative entrepreneurs to accelerate their career so they’ll love their life!

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