With Christmas around the corner and New Year's Eve on the horizon it felt like a good time to push pause, reflect on the year gone and take a moment to consider some of this year's highlights and of course some goals for the year ahead too.
One of the keys on looking back is to learn your lessons. By reflecting perhaps you will note some patterns of behavour as well as an overview of the main events, action steps, and reactions you encountered throughout the year so that you could use them to your advantage.
A really good reason to reflect on the year just gone is that it will radically improve your performance in 2022. If that wasn't enough reflection also teaches you how to deal with similar situations better. Taking the time to understand Why you did something will help you decide If you need to do it again or modify it to serve you better. Reflection is like giving feedback to oneself regarding how one performed throughout the past 12 months.
“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” – James Levin
2021 has whizzed by and yet, I remember in January thinking it was going to be one long year - now as the year is coming to an end I can’t quite believe how quickly it’s flown by. As this is the last email article of 2021 let's reflect on our experiences, what we have lost, how we have grown, what we have gained, learned, and accomplished. We’re in search of new insights, revised views, and the hazy outlines of new concepts, which might help not just what happened in 2021 – but also 2022 and beyond.
Here are some questions and sources of inspiration to get you started on your own reflection.
Was there a particular situation you handled particularly well this year?
What is the most important lesson you learned this year?
What situations or projects challenged you the most this year?
Did you achieve your plan? Or did your goals change?
Did you have fun?
How do you describe this year in 3 to 5 words?
Looking forward to 2022 :
Who do you want to become next year?
How will next year matter?
What will be your purpose next year?
What places do you want to visit next year?
What skills do you want to learn?
What do you want to accomplish next year?