A couple of years ago my friend sent me a list of questions to answer at the end of the year. I've been using them each year to help me reflect on the year gone by and help set my intentions for the year ahead.
Although it’s good to continually reflect, the end of the year is symbolically the best time to take a moment to contemplate on what happened, good and bad, throughout the year and how you hope the year ahead will shape up.
Some of the questions can be hard to answer as it's often in reflection that we realize our mistake and weaknesses but if we avoid confronting our shortcomings we miss the opportunity to grow.
So carve out some time, sit somewhere quiet and deep dive into these questions. Here they are :
Reflecting on 2018
What was your biggest triumph in 2018?
What was the smartest decision you made in 2018?
What one word best sums up and describes your 2018 experience?
What are the greatest lessons you learned in 2018?
How have you seen yourself grow in 2018?
What was the most loving service you performed in 2018?
What is your biggest piece of unfinished business in 2018?
What are you most happy about completing in 2018?
Who were the three people that had the greatest impact on your life in 2018?
What was the biggest risk you took in 2018?
What was the biggest surprise in 2018?
What important relationship improved the most in 2018?
What would you like to acknowledge yourself for in 2018?
What else do you need to do or say to be complete with 2018?
Intentions for 2019
What one word would you like to have as your theme in 2019?
What would you like to be your biggest triumph in 2019?
What advice would you like to give yourself in 2019?
What is the major effort you are planning to increase your financial results in 2019?
What would you be most happy about completing in 2019?
How would you like to see yourself grow in 2019?
What are you looking forward to learning in 2019?
What's something that scares you that you're willing to do in 2019? Your biggest risk?
What about your work, are you most committed to changing and improving in 2019?
What is one as yet undeveloped talent you are willing to explore in 2019?
What brings you the most joy and how are you going to do or have more of that in 2019?
Do you have an annual self-reflection ritual? What are your favorite ways to release the old and welcome in the new?
Planners are a great way to help you set your intentions for the new year. I can never pick just one though!