How to reflect on the previous year
Find yourself a peaceful and quiet location to reflect on the past year, a place where there are no distractions around so you can really focus your thoughts. An ideal location would be somewhere outside of your own home—perhaps a beach or a nearby park. Find somewhere you can set your mind free.
Take a notepad and pen with you, or if you’re into technology, take your iPad or similar device.
Write down your answers to the questions below, but note that these questions are just a guide: depending on your individual circumstances, you may want to add your own questions that are more specific or relevant to your life.
Ready? Here goes:
- What are the 5 things of 2012 that you are most proud of?
- What new connections have you made, and how have these shaped your life?
- What experience has made you the happiest?
- Who has made you happiest?
- What have been the best moments in your career this year?
- What changes would you make to your career in 2013?
- What challenges did you overcome this year? How did you do it?
- What has held you back from achieving what you wanted to do this year?
- What can you do in 2013 to ensure this doesn’t happen again?
- What habit did you acquire this year that has made a difference?
- What habit has prohibited you from achieving what you wanted this year?
- What habit do you want to enable in 2013 that will make a difference?
- What was your biggest mistake in 2012? What have you learned from this?
- What else have you learned this year?
- What are 3 words that sum up your year?
- If you were to live 2012 all over again, what would you do differently?
- Add your own!
The Next Steps
Now that you have reflected on the past year, keep your answers at the front of your mind, and file your notes about them nearby so you can refer to them regularly. Your reflections will become the starting point for setting your goals for the year, and those goals for 2013 will be much more targeted and more relevant to what it is that truly makes you happy.
It only takes 20 to 30 minutes to do this, and this short reflection can have a huge impact on your overall well-being, your learning, and your success for 2013.
Let me know how it goes as I would love to hear your experiences! 2013 is going to be an amazing year. I can feel it!