Shaping Your Finest YearSep 15, 2023
Ever noticed how people tend to get reflective around their birthdays and year's end? Maybe you're one of them, or the idea of introspection is new to you. Either way, I've got some intriguing queries for you.
These questions aren't simply for your birthday or the new year. They're for any time you feel the need to find your path. I'd encourage you to cast a critical eye over your life more often than once a year. You can extract so much more from life when you're actively involved in its creation.
These questions aim to help you reflect on the year that's been and start the next year fresh. By contemplating these questions, you can effectively wrap up the current year and lay a solid foundation for the new "you" in the coming year.
Looking back on the past year:
- What do you want recognition for?
- What have you achieved?
- What did you aim to achieve but didn't? (Is it still on your list?)
- What did you commit to doing but didn't? (Is it still on your list?)
- Who do you need to communicate with?
- What were your most significant disappointments?
- What have you learned? - What are the 3 lessons that will make the most difference if you remember them throughout the year?
Breaking old habits:
- How do you restrict yourself, and how can you turn these behaviors into empowering ones?
- What do you tell yourself when explaining your failures? (These misconceptions are your limiting beliefs.)
- List your limiting beliefs about yourself.
- Write down your new beliefs, which should be personal, positive, present tense, powerfully stated, and point to a thrilling future.
- Recite your new beliefs aloud each morning and evening. Train your subconscious to accept this as your reality.
Looking to the future:
- What are your personal values? What's most important to you in your life? What motivates you?
- What roles do you play in your life? Rate each role on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest.
- Where is your life out of balance? If you could leave one problem behind forever, what would it be?
- What role will be your primary focus for the next year? (In which role do you want a breakthrough performance? If you could be confident in one of these roles by the end of next year, which would it be?)
- What are your goals for each role?
You use these questions by contemplating them for at least a week or two. Write them down and revisit them several times. After you've done this for all the questions, answer one final question:
What do I want to achieve, and who do I want to be in the coming year?
Now, how do you use these questions? Start by setting aside quiet time for reflection. You might find creating a serene environment with soothing music or aromatherapy helpful. However you choose to create this space, ensure it allows you to concentrate without interruptions.
Begin by quietly reading through each question. Don't rush into answering them. Let each question sink in and ponder on them. You might discover that the initial response that comes to mind evolves or deepens when you give it some space.
Once you feel ready, write down your answers. You might find that writing in a journal helps create a tangible record of your thoughts and goals. Remember, these are your reflections. Be honest and don't hold back – this is about discovering your deepest ambitions and fears, triumphs and disappointments.
After you've written down your answers, put them away for a day or two. Then, revisit them with fresh eyes. You might find your perspective has changed or find new insights.
Finally, remember this is your journey. There are no right or wrong answers, only your truth. Use these simple and deep tips to reflect, grow, and set meaningful goals that resonate with you. Creating the best year of your life isn't a one-time event – it's a continuous process of reflection and growth.
Here are three powerful quotes from women that underline the importance of setting goals and being honest with yourself:
- "It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to yourself." - J.K. Rowling
- "You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you." - Maya Angelou
- "Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others." - Brené Brown
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