The year 2021 is coming to an end. And while we admit the past two years have been absolutely chaotic, the lessons that the last year have taught us have restored some faith and hope in us, invoking a sense of control and normalcy, whatever that means during a global pandemic. We all have our fears and challenges to face but for 2022, let’s strive to adapt to the times with our core values unshaken, starting with some serious self reflection.
As we settle into this new normal that we’ve created for ourselves, many of us are hyper-focused on productivity and achievement. The beginning of the new year serves as a wonderful way to start afresh but before you go about listing your resolutions and your goals, take some time to ask yourself these 5 self-reflection questions to realize your strengths and weaknesses. End of the year questions are essential to highlight areas of our lives where we found success and the areas where we need improvement. It forces us to be critical of the choices we’ve made and evaluate fairly how we can make better ones in the future. This exercise is extremely beneficial as it provides insights to pave the way towards positivity and success as the new year starts.
So, pull out your journal, grab a pen and get ready to do some serious soul searching with these 5 self reflection questions.
1. What accomplishments am I proud of this year?
We often overlook our achievements when we’re faced with a few negative consequences but before the year ends, remind yourself that you accomplished so many things to be proud of. If it’s hard for you to recall, try thinking back to each season of the year and what did you achieve during it. Go with your first instinct rather than attempting to find the right answer.
2. What was one of the biggest pleasant surprises I experienced?
Did you pick up a skill you were unsure you’d be able to master? Or did you overcome your fear of public speaking by speaking up at a conference? Whatever it was, it made you feel that you rose above one of your setbacks and that should definitely be celebrated.
3. What are the five things I’m most grateful for this year?
As ancient Roman philosopher aptly Cicero said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others,” A daily practice of gratitude serves as a way to acquire calm and contentment amidst the constant chaos of life. Truth is, we forget to count our blessings but that’s okay, it’s completely normal. If you’re reading this, it probably means you’re safe. You have a roof over your head. You’re warm. You are breathing. Can you think deeply of five more reasons to be grateful for?
4. What were the biggest struggles I faced this year? What did they teach me?
Our struggles shape us into the individuals we become. They may scare us, but they teach us the most powerful lessons life has to offer. We realize what matters to us, who we are, and how we respond to challenges and misfortunes. It’s our struggles that forge our character, don’t forget to remember them before you step into the new year.
5. What are three things I want to achieve this coming year? How can I build a system that allows me to achieve them?
Now is the time to connect with a few goals you want to achieve this coming year. These three goals will serve as your top three priorities so that your vision is set. Once you’ve outlined your goals, it’s time to set a system that works for you. Goals alone don’t mean anything unless you work to create a path towards them. Having a system of set tools, routines and rituals designed to help you accomplish your goals will bring the consistency and dedication you require. Celebrating the small wins is the secret to building a great system.
As you continue to show up and honour your commitment towards your progress, don’t forget to rewards yourself throughout the process. Yes, it means fantastic that you’re focused on having success this year but don’t forget to show gratitude and appreciation towards yourself and what you’ve already achieved too.
A positive way to start is to repeat these affirmations to yourself to build self-confidence.