Today is the last day of the year! The end of the year is a time of excitement and reflection. We’re eager to start a new chapter and make a fresh start. Some of us are also reflecting on the past 12 months and reflecting on what went well and what didn’t. We’re contemplating what we can do better.
A basic question that we can all ask is, “Was this year mostly a good year or a bad year?” People will usually think of one or two major life events that determined how the year went. If you had a good year, it’s likely one of these things probably happened for you:
- Started a new job or career
- Got married
- Bought a new house
- Started a family
- Gained financial freedom, Freedom from all your loans
There are probably other things that may have made someone’s year good, but this probably covers most of you reading this. If your year wasn’t as good, it’s likely one of these things happened:
- Lost your job
- Got a divorce
- Lost a loved one
- Dealt with a serious illness
- Financial loss
These and other factors are probably the reason some of you may feel your year was difficult. Whether your time was good or bad, there are lessons that can be learned from your mistakes.
Unexpected moments in life happen, but our mind has the power to interpret those moments in a way that either helps or hurts us. You can choose to view what happened in the past year as an opportunity to learn and develop, or something that prevents you from moving forward. Through learning the lessons and changing accordingly, we have a chance of making the next year a successful one.
Reflection is a key tool of personal development that can help you achieve more of what you want. Here are some of the questions that help me as I reflect on the year that’s ending.
What moments were good this past year?
What moments were bad this past year?
What things did you do right?
What mistakes did you make?
How did you grow as a person?
How would you have done things differently?
What are you grateful for?
What can you learn more about to make yourself better?
What are your goals and resolutions you plan to achieve next year?
What are some actions you can do to improve next year?
In this year, we saw people doing their best to return to life as they remember it. You may have managed to accomplish that in some ways, but failed in others. But you’ve made it through and you can keep pushing towards living the life that you desire in January. It’s ok if you feel lost and unmotivated today or if you have made mistakes this year. Tomorrow is a brand new start! You are still worthy, loveable and awesome! 🙂