This reflection exercise is something I do every year with the folks I coach and I just did mine this morning. Have a look and give it a whirl.
The end of another year can bring up both challenging and wonderful times for many of us. It can be easy to fall into the trap of self-blame and self-criticism when reviewing what we think we were supposed to accomplish. Whatever our saboteurs/gremlins are, we tend to easily forget a lot of what happened that led us to make our decisions. So let’s take a look back at 2018.
Here are some questions to ask yourself that will give you a fresh perspective on this past year. Feel free to add any of your own.
1.) What experience/situation caused me to grow?
2.) What accomplishments am I most proud of?
3.) In what area of my life did I make some progress?
4.) What was missing from my life last year?
5.) Whom did I help?
6.) What am I most grateful for and why?
7.) What were the most fun times I had?
8.) What advice would I give myself for 2019?
Despite the impossibly super-human standards we set for ourselves, it’s important to take a moment to realize what went well, what worked out, what we gave to others, what life lessons we learned, and what hidden gems appeared that we could not possibly have predicted 12 months ago. There are times for action and times for reflection. Have fun looking back in preparation for creating your year ahead!