How To Reflect On Your Year With Purpose
As each year comes to an end, we tend to reflect on it. Sometimes we get too caught up in thinking about things that happened. Don’t let reflecting on your year get you down. Here are 3 questions to ask yourself to help reflect on your year with purpose.
1. What good things happened this year?
What accomplishments are you proud of from this year? What new things did you do? Did you go new places? Did you get a raise at work? Did you make new friends?
Make a list of good things that happened no matter how small they may seem.
I’m not sure who came up with this idea originally, but my husband and I have a “Good Things” jar. We write down good things that happen throughout the year on sticky notes, fold them, and put them in the jar. Then we go through them at the end of the year. It’s always interesting to see things that we have already forgotten about. I recommend starting one next year.
2. What challenges did you face this year?
What did you struggle with this year? Did you have trouble meeting certain goals? Did you struggle with friendships or a relationship? Did you keep putting something off?
Be careful reflecting on challenges. The goal here is to learn from them, not beat yourself up because of them. So, as you think about your struggles, I want you to think about what you learned from each of them. Maybe you learned that you need to set more measurable goals. Maybe you learned you need to make more time for friends, your spouse, or your children. Maybe you learned you need to get closer to God. Maybe you learned you procrastinate too much. Write down some things you have learned from this year.
3. What changes can you make?
If you learned you need to make more time for others, then set a specific goal for that. For example, plan a date night once a month with your husband or a monthly brunch with your girlfriends. Read one chapter of your Bible each day. Shut off the snooze option on your alarm so that you’ll stop allowing yourself to procrastinate each morning.
We may not be able to change our past actions, but we can change how we act going forward.
Take what you learned from your challenges and think about how you can change things next year. Make a list of things you can work on changing.
May you reflect on your year with purpose!
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