2019 In Review: 30 Questions To Help You Reflect Back And Look Forward

Happy new year!  January 1st is always welcomed in as a fresh start.  A day that brings with it 365 new days and, more importantly, 365 new opportunities.  Part of making the new year different than the past year is in reflection.  Looking back at what went well, what didn't, as well as ideas for tweaks or changes.

Reflection allows us the opportunity to slow down and live intentionally, if even for just those moments.  It allows us a framework with which we can search for moments to be grateful for in order to fully appreciate all things - big and little, that happened in our year.  Sometimes we get so focused on goals that we forget to stop and savor moments.  It's also the opportunity to think about things we wish had gone differently, learning any lessons from the event, and letting go of any regrets associated with it - you can't change what happened so letting it go is a critical step.

Go into the new year with a clean slate.

I hope you will use the following questions as prompts.  Take the time to write down your answers or really think them through in your head.  Gift yourself the time to ponder each one rather than rushing through them all in one setting.  You can use these as a jumping off point for structuring your goals or resolutions for 2020.

For Reflection:
1. How would you describe 2019 in 5 words?
2. What was the best thing that happened in 2019?
3. How did your priorities change this past year?
4. What or who are you most grateful for in 2019?
5. What or who had the most impact on your life this past year?
6. What was the most important lesson you learned in 2019?  What did it teach you about yourself?
7. Which new skills did you learn?
8. What one thing would you do differently and why?
9. What was your most selfless act this past year?
10. What was the kindest thing someone did for you?
11. What was successful in your life in 2019?
12. What things would you change about 2019? (think about ways you could forgive or apologize, as well as what you would have handled differently)
13. What was an unexpected obstacle in 2019?
14. What were the best books you read this past year?
15. What type of growth did you have (spiritually, physically, emotionally)?
16. What hurdle came up more than once (i.e. finance, time, attitude, etc.)?
17. What did you start and not finish?  If applicable, how would you like that to change going forward?
18. What did you try and fail at?  If applicable, how would you like that to change going forward?
19. How well did you communicate with those who meant the most to you this past year?
20. Who was one person you met that you would like to get to know better?

For Looking Forward:
21. What 3 words best capture your intentions for 2020?
22. What do you want to see, discover, and explorer in 2020?
23. Who do you want to spend more time with in 2020?
24. How do you want to remember 2020 when you reflect back on it on 12/31/20?
25. If you could form a new habit or master a new skill, what would it be?
26. What areas do you want to focus on in 2020?
27. In what area would you like to intentionally stretch yourself in the new year?
28. In what ways will you give back generously in 2020?
29. What do you want your everyday life to be like in 2020?
30. What is your number one goal for 2020?

Wishing you a healthy and prosperous new year!

1 comment

daisy g said...

What a great guide to self-reflection. I look forward to going back and examining each one of these points with focus and intention.
Thanks for sharing!