Reflection is essential to growth and development. Whether you call it a post-mortem, a debrief, or review, you do it because you know that it provides an opportunity to learn from an experience, situation, or interaction with someone and apply what you learned to make 2021 a great year.
People who value growth and personal development understand the importance of taking time to reflect throughout the year. The end of a year, and beginning of a new year, are special times for reflection. There is excitement about the coming year and a feeling of going in with a “clean slate”. It’s the perfect time to reflect on the past to arm you with the lessons that will help you start strong and excel in the coming year.
Take time to celebrate your successes and find the lessons in your failures. Remember, failures aren’t bad things. Failure is always a possibility when you venture out of your comfort zone and take risks. Some people may even look back and conclude that limited failures indicate that they didn’t take enough risks.
Reflection isn’t about goal setting. It’s about increasing your awareness and understanding of what you’ve done and how you want to move forward. Don’t move so quickly into setting 2021 goals that you rush the reflection process. There are countless lessons from 2020 you have an opportunity to mine as well as experiences to revisit. If you need a little help remembering the year, scan pictures, your calendar, social media, or even your emails. Once you’ve processed 2020, you can move forward and plan for 2021 with new lessons and a clear purpose.
There is no right or wrong way to review the year, and there are countless questions you can use as prompts to begin the process. I’ve included some questions to get you thinking about 2020, as well as some additional questions to help you start 2021 strong.
15 Questions to consider as you review 2020
- Summarize 2020 in 3 words.
- What emotion sums up 2020 best?
- Evaluate the progress you made on the goals you set for 2020.
- Of which achievement are you most proud and why?
- What have you learned from both your successes and failures?
- What was your biggest challenge, and how did you approach it?
- What new relationships did you develop, and how have they impacted your life?
- What were your most significant stressors?
- What are you most grateful for from 2020?
- What are your happiest memories from the year?
- When did you step outside of your comfort zone?
- Was your life balanced the way you wanted?
- What is the best compliment you received in 2020?
- What do you wish you would have done differently, and how would you change it if you had it to do over?
- What “unfinished business” do you plan to finish in 2021?
Questions to consider as you begin 2021
- Is there something from 2020 that feels incomplete or unfinished that you will finish in 2021?
- Is there a mindset or belief that held you back in 2020 that you will change in 2021?
- What are three things that you will stop, start, and continue doing in 2021?
- What new habits would you like to develop in 2021?
- What relationships would you like to develop, nurture, or repair in 2021?
- Will you change the balance of your life in any way in 2021? If so, how?
- What skills or competencies will you develop in 2021?
- What word sums up your theme for 2021?
- How will you be different by the end of the year?
- What are your greatest opportunities for 2021?
- What brings you joy that you’ll prioritize in 2021?
- In which areas would you like to see improvement personally and professionally?
- At the end of 2021, what would you like to say you’ve accomplished?
- What SMART goals will you set for 2021, and which one is your top priority?
- Write the “speech” someone would give at the end of 2021 while they gave you an award for _________.
You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”
― Charlie Tremendous Jones
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