Patty Beach reminds us to look back and reflect on 2015, so that we can launch into 2016 with as much success as possible.
Most of us are familiar with the practice of setting a New Year Resolution to kick off the year, but few take time to reflect on the year that has just passed. The year end provides a great opportunity to stop and take stock of our lives. With a retrospective look at the bigger picture, and acknowledgement of your accomplishments and losses, your New Year Resolution will be more meaningful.
Below are some powerful reflective questions that can help you to discover pearls of wisdom from 2015 and set 2016 to be your best year yet!
Looking back over the year, what did you accomplish? List at least 12 things — things you have done right, ways you’ve grown as a person, professional goals achieved, positive life changes, special memories you have created.
What were the top three things that drained your energy this year?
What were the top five things that gave you energy this year?
Who are the three people that matter to you most? What have you most appreciated about having them in your life? Have you expressed your appreciation to them in a meaningful way?
List the top 3 goals you were shooting for this last year.
On a scale of 1-10 how satisfied are you with this year’s progress? For any that you are less than satisfied with, is the goal still important to you? If yes, make note of it and save it for consideration for next year’s list.
What was the biggest lesson you learned this year that you want to guide you in the next year?
Given that you have just a few days left this year, what can you do to finish the year off right, lighten your load or prepare for next year?
With all this in mind, you are in a good position to make a powerful New Year’s Resolution. To help keep that resolution top of mind it helps to express your resolution in terms of a guiding principle or motto that will serve you on your journey to stay in the right frame of mind.
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