How to conduct a powerful personal review of the year that feels insanely honest

How to conduct a powerful personal review of the year that feels insanely honest
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Conducting a personal review of the year can be a helpful way to reflect on your accomplishments and challenges, set goals for the future, and make any necessary changes to your life.

Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.
Margaret J. Wheatley
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Here are some steps you can take to conduct a personal review of the year:

  1. Set aside dedicated time to reflect on the year. Choose a quiet and comfortable place to focus on your thoughts and feelings without distractions.
  2. Reflect on your accomplishments. Think about the things you achieved this year, both big and small. Consider your personal and professional goals and any new skills or experiences you gained.
  3. Reflect on your challenges. Consider the obstacles you faced this year and how you dealt with them. Think about what you learned from these challenges and how they have impacted your growth and development.
  4. Identify any patterns or themes. Look for any patterns or themes that emerged throughout the year. For example, perhaps you noticed that you tend to procrastinate on specific tasks or struggle with time management.
  5. Set goals for the future. Your reflections determine what you want to achieve in the coming year. Consider long-term and short-term goals, and be specific and realistic in your planning.
  6. Make a plan to achieve your goals. Break down your goals into smaller, more manageable tasks and create a plan to accomplish them. Consider what resources or support you might need to achieve your goals.
  7. Reflect on your progress regularly. Regularly check in with yourself and assess your progress towards your goals. Make any necessary adjustments to your plan as needed.

Conducting a personal review of the year can be valuable for self-reflection and personal growth. By taking the time to reflect on your experiences and set goals for the future, you can make positive changes and achieve your aspirations.

The key to unlocking the power inside self-accountability and a personal review is to ask open and direct questions across all areas of your life.

16 Self-Refection Questions for a personal year in review

So here are my review questions. You should take, edit and remix these to make them unique.

  1. Did you exercise daily?
  2. Did you eat a balanced diet?
  3. Did you build a pattern of getting to bed early enough?
  4. Did you make a daily habit of being still and resting?
  5. Did you care for and cherish your partner/spouse and children?
  6. Did you reach out to your wider family?
  7. Did you invest quality time with your friends?
  8. Did you meet with new and different types of people?
  9. Did you write and reflect on your life's purpose and mission?
  10. Did you regularly find satisfaction and fulfilment in your life?
  11. Did you have a positive impact on others?
  12. Did you build a daily mindful practice?
  13. Did you live within your financial means?
  14. Did you grow your net worth sufficiently?
  15. Did your career growth meet your expectations?
  16. Are you on track for financial independence?