It’s the last week of December, and this year went by fast! If you find yourself getting a bit lost in the whirlwind of everyday life, you may be realizing you’re not clear on what actually happened this year. This is why it’s so important to take time to reflect. Take a mental ‘look’ at the highs and lows, the wins and losses, and evaluate them in a way that will help you to improve your overall performance and confidence in the next year. Give yourself an overview of the main events, and decide the actions steps you can take for continuous improvement.
One of the best (and simplest) ways to reflect on the year is by looking at your past planner pages. Start with January and make your way through the year with an honest and forgiving eye. What was accomplished? What worked and what didn’t? What would you like to repeat, and what do you wish never happened? Reassess your goals and values. Has something changed? Do you still desire the same things and experiences? Most importantly, did you spend your days in a way that lines up with your priorities and values?
As you answer these questions, be completely honest with yourself. You’ll likely be reminded of a lot of great experiences you had, but also many that you’ll want to avoid, fix, or upgrade. Now as you begin to make resolutions, you can more accurately see what you’d like to change, what you’d like to repeat, and what steps can be taken to get there.
These conscious reflections help us acknowledge our truths, recognize the lessons learned, and gather our thoughts to focus for the year ahead. It can enable us to be more self-aware and better prepare for the challenges ahead. Redefine your comfort zone and blast through those imaginary walls of fear. This is your year!