As we rapidly approach the new year, full from over indulgencing at Christmas and still promising ourselves that we really will keep our new year resolutions this year, it is nice to take time to review your year and to look back and reflect on how the last 365 days of your life have shaped you. Now is also the time to contemplate on how we want to shape our next 365 days.
Everything in your life is reflective of a choice you have made. If you want a different result, make a different choice
So, grab your preferred beverage, a large pad of paper and a pen and let our favourite reflection questions encourage you to muse objectively about the last year and perhaps set some realistic goals for the next one.
What were your favourite memories of this year?
What did you accomplish that made you feel proud?
What was time well spent?
What was money well spent?
What did you gain in the last 12 months?
What good habits did you form?
Was there a large important event this year?
Why was it significant?
What brought joy for you this year?
Did you progress towards any lifelong goals?
What moved you forward?
What were you thrilled with?
What really mattered this year?
What lessons were learned in the last 12 months?
What lessons did you learn about yourself?
Do you have any unfinished business hanging over the year?
Did you pick up any bad habits that you would like to change?
What did you lose in the last 12 months?
What hurdles did you hit this year?
What were your biggest challenges?
What was a waste of your time this year?
What would you change about this year if you could go back in time?
What results did you expect to get but didn’t yet?
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new – Socrates
Looking ahead into the New Year
What large goals are you continuing to work towards?
What are you longing to try?
If you knew you could not fail, what would you start this year?
What is the best-case scenario for next year?
What would you like to change financially?
What would you like to change spiritually?
What would you like to change mentally?
What would you like to change physically?
What would you like to change in your relationships?
Setting Some Goals
Instead of the usual New Year’s resolutions, we like the idea of making promises to ourselves. Here are some prompts to create your personal promises to yourself.
In the next year, I promise myself to:
Learn how to:
Be more confident at:
Finally, from all of us here at ILNI we want to wish you a happy New Year filled with joy. And, in the words of Coco Chanel: “Do more of what makes you happy”
May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you are wonderful and don’t forget to make some art. And I hope somewhere in the next year you surprise yourself. – unknown