Don’t walk through the end of the year without asking yourself some reflective questions. With these questions, you can live a better life. If you can provide the right answer to the questions, it will prevent you from repeating some mistakes. The questions are created to trigger your emotions and help you take the proper steps in life. The output you see in your life is usually the result of your thoughts and actions.
In today’s post, the list of questions discussed is modified to guide you through the type of questions you can ask yourself. You need to reflect on how you spent the year and plan how you want to spend the coming year. The year ahead can only be better than the one spent when you have an excellent plan to make it different.
Below are the questions.
Were you able to keep to your new year resolutions?
In some homes, setting a new year resolution is a tradition. A new year resolution is established when a person decides to start new behaviour or continue a good act. It may be a resolution to accomplish all your goals in less than 6 months. These resolutions are clearly defined, and they are usually significant. For instance, if you are struggling to lose weight, it can become easy if you set a resolution for it. You can decide to set a resolution to lose a specific kg per week. During the end of the year review, you need to ask yourself to know if you were able to accomplish your resolution.
What country did you visit?
There are many times that people travel to learn something new. It could be for research purposes, relaxation, or to meet new people. Most people travel to other countries because they want to interact with people from different parts of the world. There is usually a lot to learn from people who are not from the same country as you. Your visit to other countries allows you to familiarise yourself with their culture and you are suitable to learn a different language. Don’t forget to ask yourself this question at the end of each year. What country did you visit? If they are more than one, list them and write all you have learnt during your visit below the country name. There are times that this piece of information will become helpful. You will need it for reference purposes.
What is the most significant step to take to live a better life?
Every moment in life is essential, and you must use it well. By asking yourself this question, it will help you recognise what you need to do to go far in life. Life is continuously changing, and you must ensure that each change benefits you.
What are the biggest lessons you have learned at the beginning of the year?
Life never stops teaching, and it always leaves us with a lesson to hold onto. Sometimes, there are moments when you find yourself lost before the year ends. The truth is, it’s okay to feel that way sometimes. At a particular phase, there are moments when we lose our way. More important was learning the essential lessons and getting back on track. If you are presently feeling lost, there is nothing to be ashamed of. Taking note of the lessons learned so far will assist you in making better and healthier decisions in the future.
Is there something that you would love to let go of?
You will feel better once you begin to let go of things that no longer serve you. Many people are tied to their past. They find it challenging to make room for new experiences, feelings and relationships. The life you have lived in the past can only be corrected if you are ready to forgive yourself for past mistakes. Make a list of those things that you want to let go of in the coming year. This will help to keep you in check. If you can do this, it will be easier to let go. Don’t forget, the past is done, and you cannot go back to it.
What are you busy with today? Does it matter in a year?
This point is for those who feel like they are chasing groundless things. This type of person always ends up feeling exhausted, and they often wonder, “where does all the time go?”. There is no harm in having a busy life, but you need to know what keeps you busy. How productive are those activities? Where is your present lifestyle leading you to? Truthfully, being busy is not a shred of evidence that you are living a great life. A great life depends on what you are busy doing. So, when next you are busy, ask yourself, “how does your busyness today help the growth of your business?”. Don’t get caught up wasting time on useless things that won’t matter in one year.
What are your values?
This point concerns the things you believe strongly in that guide your decisions. Values include; honesty, courage, loyalty, kindness and more. What are your core values?
How would you describe yourself this year?
Throughout the year, which words best describe you? This question will give you insight to know the kind of person that you are. It helps you to discover what you are passionate about. For instance, you can say, “I am a goal-oriented individual who is never afraid to face life as it comes”. You need to be careful when answering this question because it calls for honesty.
Furthermore, some people are hardworking, and they can do things they put their minds to. If you are this kind of person, don’t fail to acknowledge your good traits and write them down. They might be helpful someday when you are faced with a choice of career.
What achievements are you proud of?
If there is an achievement that made you happy during the year, it is essential to celebrate it. No matter how small they are, they are important. Our lives are usually a sum of these little things that make us happy.
What are you most grateful for?
Gratitude makes room for abundance, and it makes us happier. People are so busy with life that they often forget to express gratitude for these things. When last were you thankful for the gift of life and good health? The end of the year review is an opportunity to pause and appreciate people and things you have in your life. Once you are on this, it gives you room to think about only the positive sides of life. This may seem challenging to do, but it helps us to regulate our emotions while appreciating the little things we have in life. We go to work daily, and at the end of each day, we are stressed. However, gratitude helps to reduce that feeling of being overwhelmed, and it improves self-esteem.
Were you able to acquire any new skills?
The year should not end without noting any new experience or knowledge acquired. With a list of what you can do, it will serve as a blueprint for having an established life. You need to know what you can do for you to know where to go in life.
What are the essential things in your life presently?
This world is chaotic, and precious things are often neglected. For instance, good health is the top priority for every human, but it is easy for you to find people who neglect their health. Many people will say that as far as they are making money, their health can be overlooked for later. They often forget that you need to be healthy to make money. Please don’t take your health for granted by putting it at risk. As much as possible, practice self-care. Next, your family is an important part of your life. You need to love and cherish them.
Were you able to establish a business?
Starting your own business is more important than working for people. It permits you to be a boss and set standards for how things are done. If you were to begin a business, don’t forget to review it and plan for expansion.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Despite our busy schedules, there are times that we must have paused and wish we could go back to when we were younger. However, it is impossible to go back to the past when we were younger. The best thing to do is to come up with a list of things that you wish you had been told earlier in your life. This will help you to live and focus on the present. Don’t be influenced by everything you see on social media. Don’t allow the life of others to make you insecure because there is another story to things you see out there.
Furthermore, people only show the world what they want others to know about. You have your own life, and it is okay to understand that life happens in a process. What is presently working for someone might not work for you.
Which part of your life are you presently putting on hold?
Life is short, and you are not living if there is any area of your life that is presently on hold. You have to experience all aspects of understanding life better. Some people are fond of putting their life on hold until they get a job or a promotion; this is not right.
Did you establish any profitable relationships?
Without the help of others, it isn’t easy to go far in life. The earlier you realise this, the better. Some people find it difficult to relate and connect with people from other spheres of life. Qualifications are essential, but we have to admit the role of connections in our lives. It helps us to get farther than we think. Write down the name of those seminars that you attended that have helped you to form a better network.
If there is one day left for the year to end, what would you do?
In answering this question, you need to be sincere to yourself. This will help you to have a fulfilling year. It could be a visit to a museum or an old friend. In addition, it could be spending the whole day indoor cleaning. If the year were to end tomorrow, what would you spend your entire day doing?
What best quote sums up your year?
Quotes are words that can give you more insight into how you can live your life. Throughout the year, what was the best quote that helped you to go through a tough time? If such quotes exist, don’t forget to note them. These quotes include; “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” by Lao Tzu and “That which does not kill us makes us stronger” by Friedrich Nietzsche. These quotes are numerous, and you can come up with yours. They can be personalised to suit your situation or a particular phase of one’s life. With quotations, your life view will improve, and you will better understand why things happen the way they do.
The end of the year is usually one of the busiest times. However, to enjoy a better new year, don’t fail to ask yourself the questions discussed in this post. You can redesign these questions to fit your needs. Don’t start another year without reflecting on yourself. If you are presently finding it challenging to get clear on specific areas of your life, the answers to these questions will help you. They will serve as guidelines to help you accomplish great things and improve your personal growth. Finally, each year will pass by in the blink of an eye. This review will help you to have a detailed record of how well you have been spending the year.
Cheers to a fantastic new beginning. Please, like and share this post with everyone that can benefit from it. Don’t fail to leave a comment in the section below on how well the questions can be of help to your personal goals. You can check out also these related posts on Don’t fail to ask yourself these 17 questions yearly.
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