Don't you just love New Years? All that promise of a bright, shiny new year to play with along with the chance to reflect fondly on the preceding year, and (bonus) we get to chuck out what didn't work and start over.
Of course, the chucking-out bit requires some careful weeding through the previous 12 months, to make sure we capture and keep the good stuff. Wouldn't want to throw the New Years baby out with the bathwater, now would we?
Here's what I recommend as a series of questions to ask yourself as you bid a fond and final farewell to the year.
Note: there are no right answers. What we are after here is process. The main objective is to deepen insight and awareness so you can design the year you truly want.
So, get out a pencil and a little notebook, and proceed:
1. What did I do well last year? What am I proud of?
2. What did I not do so well? Where do I feel disappointed?
3. What goals and intentions did I achieve?
4. What goals and intentions did I not achieve, and why?
5. What strengths did I discover or develop during the previous year?
6. What skills did I learn, acquire or develop during the previous year?
7. What habits do I need/want to: change, eliminate, nurture, and/or create?
8. What am I most grateful for?
9. What do I regret most?
10. What passions, priorities or meaningful activities did I WANT to focus on or include in my life, but didn’t? How do I feel about that?
11. What passions, priorities or meaningful activities DID I focus on or include in my life, and how do I feel about that?
12. What do I want or need to give up in the upcoming year?
13. What do I want or need to add in the upcoming year?