Reflections For Success: 5 questions you should ask yourself

Businessman climbing the steps to success

Autumn seems a natural time to reassess how things are going for you in your work as an accountant.

Looking back over the year’s blogs, I can see we’ve covered many areas to improve your career life.  We’ve gone from “what is stopping me” all to the way to “any new skills needed.” Well now it is time to think about how you are doing and what you need to put in place to be a success – whatever ‘success’ looks like for you!

Hi. I’m Anna Goodwin, your friendly finance mentor.  With over 30 years of experience, I know it’s important to enjoy what you do as a career and find it fulfilling.

Reflect for success

So, let’s stop a minute and take some time to reflect.  As an accountant, do you feel fulfilled in your role? Does something about your work life not feel quite right? Maybe you used to be very happy in your role but now you have outgrown it or your priorities have changed.

It is important that you have an honest conversation with yourself – maybe not within the earshot of others or you might get some funny looks – and think about what success in life look like for you and is what you are doing currently leading you in the right direction.

This reflection is better out of the office and somewhere peaceful if you can.  I know, in particular, when I worked in London, carving some time out to gain some head space was particularly challenging; there always seemed to be people needing to talk to me, either physically or by phone.

However busy it was though, I always took my hour for lunch and went for a walk.  I believe this is crucial to do, for both your physical and mental wellbeing.

So, you’re somewhere peaceful, allowing yourself time to think about where you are now and where you would like to be.  Perhaps it will be enough for you to be able to just give yourself that headspace to reflect, or maybe you will want to jot some notes or record some thoughts in a voice memo to return to later.

But taking that time out is the first step.

The positive aspect of having an accounting qualification is that you have many choices of where you can go with your career; of course, this can be a disadvantage as you have so much choice! Being specific about what success looks like for you may help narrow down your options and lead you on the right path.

Ask yourself:

(and be as detailed as you can with your replies)

  • Do you love what you’re doing? Be completely honest.
  • Do you go to bed on a Sunday night looking forward to the week ahead or are you dreading it?
  • If you’ve been working from home, have you enjoyed it or hated it? Whatever your answer, can your place of work improve your situation in the future?
  • Which parts of work do you enjoy?
  • Which parts of work do you detest?
  • What does success mean to you?

The Verdict

So how did you get on? Are you happy where you are, or do you need to set a plan in motion for moving? Did some of your responses surprise you? Perhaps you’ve realised that many of your long-held beliefs or priorities have changed over the years without you realising it. I know mine have!

Giving yourself the headspace to consider your options is the first step to leading a happy and fulfilling life – and success will follow.

I know it’s not easy doing all of this on your own.  When I was working in London and knew I wanted a change, I worked with a coach, so I had someone to brainstorm with. The coach asked me some searching questions and gave me space to come up with answers I had not considered previously.

It’s important to enjoy what you do as a career and find it fulfilling. We spend far too much time in work to be unhappy in our roles.

To help you get started, I have some free resources below including my future planning mind map.

Who can I ask for help?

As I’ve said, getting clarity is easier if you can talk to someone. They need to be:

  • Independent
  • Someone you trust
  • Understanding of the direction you want to go in

Do your research and don’t be afraid to ask for an introductory chat with any coaches or mentors you are considering before you commit. You have to be a good match to get the best out of the sessions.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your options with me. I would love to help you achieve success – whatever that looks like for you – in your work life.

So, use this autumnal time to reflect on your life and how to get the best out of your career.

Next time I will be looking at setting personal finance goals.

Anna Goodwin @2021 All Rights Reserved.