Reflecting this time of year is one of my favorite things. It helps me close out the year feeling confident, hopeful, and excited for the New Year.
For my family, this looks like a weekend away with my husband. We separately spend time journaling and reflecting on the current year. We write down things we thought went well & things we want to do differently. Then we come together and we share those things with one another. We also spend time celebrating all the good and exciting and making plans for our future and how we want that to look.
Why is reflecting important?
Reflecting plays a crucial role in personal growth, business growth, and your overall well-being.
- Self awareness – with reflecting you are able to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and all that entails. This is also a key part of your personal development and allows growth within yourself
- Mindfulness & presence – taking time to reflect helps you to be present in the moment and feel gratitude
- Goal planning – through reflecting you can look at your progress toward goals you’re currently working on but also create goals for your future and make a plan to achieve them
Whether you want to do this alone or with someone, you should definitely make it a priority!
First, think about the highs and lows of this year. What things went really well? What things were hard? This may take some time and I suggest you write them down in a journal or somewhere you can look back at them.
Here are some practical questions you can ask yourself so you can reflect on the year before going into 2024.
- What do you want more of next year?
- What do you want less of next year?
- In what moments this year did you feel themost fulfilled?
- What challenges did you face? What did you learn from them?
- Is there a specific skill or habit that you developed that you are proud of?
- How did you prioritize self-care? What impact did that have?
- What is your favorite family memory from this year?
Reflection takes courage sometimes. We don’t always love how our year went and looking back on it seems painful. I’ve been there myself. Without reflecting we won’t be able to see how far we’ve ocme and understand the areas we want to grow in.
You’re going to be faced with making decisions this year, big and small, and reflection is the first step!
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