What I thought was going to be a relaxing day on the couch with my new book turned out to be heavy. That day, I reflected on the trajectory of my life.
When high-achievers like you and me drive through life quickly, we lose our peripheral vision. Sometimes, years can go by until we slow down enough to realize we followed a path we didn’t intend to.
So before pressing the gas pedal into the next year, join me in answering 11 questions that probe into our past. The insight and closure they provide will allow us to move forward with more intentionality
- Out of 10, how would you rate last year and why?
- What accomplishments are you most proud of? How can you celebrate?
- What regrets or negative events happened? How can you let go?
- What were themes that kept happening?
- What did you intend to finish but didn’t? Why?
- What did you spend a lot of time on that you found boring?
- What do you wish happened (or happened more often)?
- What were notable life lessons and how will they be helpful in the future?
- What is one piece of advice you’d give yourself for next year?
- What or who are you most thankful for?
- In what ways have you changed as a person?
At first, it took me an entire weekend to go through this process. That’s partially because I didn’t know what questions to ask — but mostly it’s because it had been years since I took the time to reflect. Now that I do this every year, it takes me about an hour to complete. Life happens so quickly and I’m glad you’re slowing down this season to process the highlights of what has happened.
You and I both know that we can’t do anything to change the past. There’s nothing we can do about it except to process it, learn from it, and call it done.
Cheers to having a clearer sense of direction because of the lessons last year has taught us. In the following week, I’ll write about how to begin planning for next year.
Until then have a Merry Christmas,