Happy New Year! It’s finally 2017 and what a year it’s been! The last couple of months have been busy at home, at work, and in general for just about everyone, and a lot of people have been sharing their end of year questions and reflections.
This new year, I wanted to do something a little different. Now that we’ve officially entered 2017, I want to share with you a reflection to help welcome the year that’s here and all that is to come.
Write your answers down on paper or type them up and save them on your phone or computer for next year. Here are five questions to reflect on and answer as you start your new year.
1. Are there any specific goals you did not reach last year?
While eagerly jumping into the year ahead is great, it’s just as important to take a moment to consider all that you learned in 2016. When answering this question (and the others), keep in mind that the goals you reflect on don’t have to be goals you’ve had since the first of last year. As things happen in our lives, both personally and in the world around us, our experiences shape our goals and what we aspire to do and achieve.
2. What challenges did you face last year and what did you learn?
The challenges we face, both expected and unexpected, help shape who we are as individuals, members of society, and members of our global community. How were you challenged personally last year? What were your initial reactions to these challenges? How did you you find the tools and resources to overcome these challenges and what did the process teach you?
3. What would you like to achieve this year?
Be specific – things like work out more or have more energy are great, but the more specific you can get, the better. Write down something like – living a more active lifestyle so that you have the energy and endurance to reach 5000 steps a day on a regular basis, or strengthening your skills in and making more time for baking so that you can bake cakes for 3 relatives or friends this year – and write their names down!
4. What will happen if you achieve your goals this year?
It might seem redundant, but write out the specifics – sometimes the goal isn’t where things end. You learn a lot more about who you are and what you really want when you get to the root of the change you’re seeking.
5. What will happen if you do not achieve your goals for this year?
Be honest – about yourself, your life, your commuity, your work. Sometimes true change comes not from how you’ll feel if a goal is not achieved, but from the actual consequences you’ll see in life.
Share Your Experience!
Self-reflection is a great thing, but sometimes sharing your thoughts and experiences can be just what others need to find the inspiration and help they’ve been searching for. Share your answers and realizations to these questions with the community!
Happy New Year and here’s to a wonderful 2017!
Until next time,