Reflecting on your year
As the year comes to an end a thing we all seem to do is Reflecting; we often spend this time of the year reflecting on the 12 months events and we begin to set a tone for the next year.
Have you ever been in a room where someone has asked: “what’s your new year resolution going to be?”
So 2017 is over, what now?
Are you a person who declares to the world “New Year, New Me”, what about sending a message to all your contact via WhatsApp about the changes 2018 will bring.
Now it is important to understand that not all changes will occur straight away, and changes that time to kick in.
Theme of the year
Do you recap on the year and give it a theme? It’s great to look at each year and add a theme. For example, if the biggest highlight of the year was strengthening relationships then you should call this year the year of relationship building.
Questions are always the best way to reflect.
Exploring starts by asking question, so take the time to sit down and ask yourself some questions like:-
- What did I like about this year?
- What did I not Like? What do I need to do to change it
- How am I doing?
- What has been your biggest win?
- What has been your biggest low?
- What one event, big or small, are you going to tell your grandchildren about?
- If you had to describe your 2017 in 3 words, what would they be?
- What new things did you discover about yourself?
- What was your favourite place that you visited?
Other Methods of reflecting
Using a vision board helps with reflecting, the visual representation of your goals can help you understand where you are on your journey.
The most effective form is using a journal which has documented your every move over a period of time, you can easily pinpoint your wins and losses, your mistakes and your lessons.
Rather than waiting for 12 months to reflect, perhaps try to break them down into quarters. Quarters are more manageable and make it easier to reflect and set the theme for the quarter.
Just don’t go overboard and state the predicted growth in Q1 will be 190%.
Don’t forget gratitude
We often reflect on the things that went good and bad but sometimes the simplest things get ignored, just taking time out to realise what you have is important.
Has your character changed?
Shockingly over a 12 month period you characteristic can change, start your year off with a VIA Survey and reflect on it year on year.
Tips for making 2018 great
- Sharing your goals with others helps a long way, perhaps use the start of the year wave to form some accountability partners where you check up on each other every 4 weeks to see how you are progressing.
- Perhaps keep a journal and try and document the next 365 days/52 weeks.
Remember you can’t achieve the world in 12 months
It’s good to reflect on the year but don’t be so hard on yourself if you don’t meet all your goals, try and reflect on what you have learnt, and how much you have changed as an individual.
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