Happy first Monday of 2017! I love this time of year because you can see a certain glow in people’s faces at the prospect of a new year. It’s an opportunity to start with a clean slate, set new goals for yourself and continue growing and learning from new experiences.
A lot of my friends are especially excited to start afresh with 2017 since 2016 was a particularly difficult year for many. Although I do agree 2016 had its hard moments, I can’t help but feel grateful for all the good things that happened to me this past year. I owe that feeling mostly due to setting yearly goals and complementing them with a process of reflection. After reflecting on this past year, I feel like I have a clearer, deeper understanding of my long-term vision and how I can use my 2016 experiences as a stepping stone for more growth in 2017.
I know creating New Year Resolutions is still a common practice, but only 8% of people actually achieve those resolutions. So instead of creating New Year’s Resolutions that may or may not be fulfilled, turn them into New Year’s Reflections!
My two resources for reflection are Passion Planner and Lavendaire. I love the Passion Planner because it has already made reflection a habit for me since there is a monthly reflection space within the planner itself.
Lavendaire also has a great blog post on 5 ways to create an amazing New Year. Although her blog post was written in 2015, the questions are still very applicable to this new year and inspired me to delve into my own process of reflection.
Based on what I learned from these resources, here are some themes and example reflection questions you can ask yourself!
- What are some of the things you accomplished this past year?
- For this question and for the following questions, you can list out a number of them that corresponds to the year! For example, I tried to write at least 16 accomplishments for the year of 2016.
- What are some of the highlights from this past year?
- What are the lessons you learned this past year?
- Are you happy with how you spent your time this year? What steps can you take to adjust the time you’ve spent?
- How did your life evolve and how is your life different today than it was a year ago?
- What do you want to invite in your life?
- What have you been grateful for this past year?
- What are some things you can improve on for the next year and what are some concrete action steps you can take?
- What is the recurring theme you want to set for the new year?
Regardless of time and new year, it’s never too late to take the time and reflect on your past so that you can shape your present. We are living in the now, but it is important to remind ourselves what we’ve been through and what we can do to better ourselves. I wish you all a 2017 filled with happiness and success. Thanks for reading!