In the past two articles, we have looked at different ways you can reflect on this past year to assist you in creating more realistic new year resolutions and goals for 2023.   Why is this important?  Because your goals help to define what type of year 2023 will be.

To take a look at the previous methods of reflection click HERE.

When doing the below exercises, write down not only the answers but also what thoughts you have; this will assist you to refer to when we take a look at  New Years resolution and next years goals.

There are six facets we’ll be taking a look at in this article.

Looking at the six facets of your life, will give you a complete and balanced view of how your life as a whole progressed in the past year.

To help you reflect, I’ve given you some questions you can ask yourself for each facet. By giving honest answers to them, you will be able to see whether or not you have progressed the way you wanted to in each facet.

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For the questions to which your answer is no, you can ask WHY to find out the reason behind it. For example, the question: Did you achieve the desired net worth? If your answer is no, you can then ask: Why?  The answer may be that you didn’t save enough, or there were unexpected expenses you weren’t prepared for.

  1. Faith: your personal pursuit and ministry, charity and significance.
  1. Family: your immediate and relations.
  1. Fitness: your health, wellbeing, nutrition and exercise.
  1. Friends and Fun: social, hobbies, lifestyle, bucket list.
  1. Personal Development: your mental and emotional development.
  1. Finances: job, career, profession, savings, investments.

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Look at all your notes from the reflection you have done, no matter which of the 3 exercises you did; answer the below questions. Ensure that you write down all your thoughts on these questions.

  1. What went well?

If you had a great year, then this question will be fun to answer. If you had a tough year, this question will be essential! Noticing the good, especially in tough times, is a crucial skill for resilience, success and well-being. Since our brains are not wired to hold on to the good, we need to make the effort to bring the good back into our focus for a more balanced perspective.

  1. Where in your life did you experience change and disruption, and how did you deal with this?

For good, better or worse, change is a constant factor in our lives. How did you deal with your changes this year? What did you do well and where do you see the need and opportunity to deal better with change?

  1. What did this year teach you?

We are built with an innate capacity to learn and to grow, whether by explicit intention, or from the experiences that come our way. Often, the tough bits bring the greatest potential for learning and growth. Take stock of what the year taught you, and especially of how any of your challenges this past year stretched you for the better.

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  1. What needs to go?

There comes a time when we are just ready to let some things go. What do you need to say good riddance to? Tough situations? Bad habits? Out-dated approaches? Clutter? Maybe some of this served you well for a while but not anymore. Time to clean out and let go to start fresh in the new year.

  1. What made this year unique in some way?

Sometimes it feels like the years pass and they are all the same. But when we pay attention, something stands out that can define a time in our life. Think about your year: What events, situations and experiences truly defined what 2019 was all about for you?

Now that you have written all these answers down to your reflection exercise and summed up your previous year, we can now start to look at creating your new goals for the new year.

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