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An End of Year Ritual to make time for!

“We are, always, poets, exploring possibilities of meaning in a world which is also all the time exploring possibilities.”

– Margaret Wheatley, Author and Philosopher.

I love this quote from author and philosopher, Margaret Wheatley.

In calling us all as poets, she invites us to see ourselves as artists, endowed with the capacity for creativity and expression. It’s also a call to action, reminding us that we all craft meaning from our life experiences.

Our understanding of the world is fixed or static. Instead, she beautifully captures the dynamic nature of our existence—we are in a perpetual state of exploration, interpretation, and the discovery of new meanings. Life, in her vision, is an ongoing journey, a continuous quest filled with opportunities for growth and revelation.

As I reflect on Wheatley’s words, I think about the courage we need to navigate our own ever-changing landscape of possibilities. Are we willing to embrace the uncertainties, complexities, and potentials that life brings us?  Wheatley’s quote becomes not just a philosophical musing but a poignant question, asking us if we’re brave enough to keep exploring all the different things life brings.

As the year ends, thinking back on the past months can teach us a lot. It’s like a great chance to learn about ourselves and the world around us. Take a slow walk down memory lane, remembering the things that happened in 2023. From January until now, think about the proud moments and the tough times that made you stronger. Now, step back and think about what you’ve learned from these experiences. Taking some distance can help us see things clearly. Mutiple research studies attest to the transformative power of regular reflection – if we take up the opportunity to our own inner voice!

Think of it as a post-game debrief, consider each move made, think about how strategies panned out (or didn’t!), reflect on your winning moves and ones to improve on next time. It’s like looking back at the game of life, understanding it, and getting ready for whatever comes next.

 

10 key questions to fuel your reflection in 2023

 

A blank page can feel very daunting so here are 10 prompts to help you ease the process and stimulate your thoughts about your learning this year.

 

1. What is your proud for the year?

 

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over again.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Author


Tap into the experiences and achievements that made you feel happy, satisfied and alive!

Sometimes our reflections can be dogged by what went wrong and how do you improve? Instead, I want you to focus on the activities that made you the proudest this year!

What activities can you credit to your hard work, initiative or creativity? Sink into these feelings – perhaps it was something you achieved or something someone close to you achieved. Perhaps it was something you overcame this year or a lesson you learned. It could be anything – relationships, goals, hard work or your attitude.

 

2. What inspired you this year?

 

inspiration: the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

Re-energising is so important. Pinpoint what it was for you.

What were your sources of inspiration this year? People, environments, conferences or videos (like TED videos), movies, events, books – anything! See if you can pin point it – what or who inspired you to be your best?

What were the catalysts to enhance your knowledge, confidence, skills or work? Was it a new podcast, a key event or an important mentor? Share this list with others to combine your inspiration avenues!

3. What are your three key learnings from this year?

 

There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.”

— Jiddu Krishnamurti, Philosopher


What’s been your major learning curves this year?

Instead of sailing into the new year without fully gaining the benefit of all your experiences this year, consider the three main things that you’ve learnt. What did you set out to learn and improve on during the year? Where can you see you improved from last year?

Where have you grown the most as a person, leader, family member or friend? Were these intended learning curves or a by product of circumstance? Either way, we can take each experience to the next level by reflecting on what we learnt.

4. What habits have served you well?


Aristotle said we are what we repeatedly do. It’s quite enlightening to realise that what you do day in, day out makes you the person you are! Maybe it’s a little scary too!

It’s so simple, but it can also mean the discipline of constructing your day to be the person you want to be. What habits did you intentionally practice this year and which ones have slipped in – good or bad? Which habits have you added this year? Which ones did you drop? How did it make a difference to your year?

 

5. What were your key relationships this year and how have they affected you?

 

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
Paulo Coelho, Author 


Family and friends, business colleagues and community – relationships can play a key part of your happiness and also your success.

Which relationships made you feel strong and empowered? How did you intentionally foster the relationships in your life? Are you hanging around the right people? Are they lifting you up to be your best? How has your presence positively impacted on the people around you too?

 

6. How did you utilise your strengths this year?


“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

-Mother Teresa, Founder, Missionaries of Charity

 

Your strengths are your superpowers. How do you use them in service to the world? Do you know what your key strengths are? If not, perhaps it’s time to get clear about the strengths that you are or can contribute to the world.

How did you put your strengths to work this year? Are you using your strengths on a daily, weekly and monthly basis? How does it make you feel when you can work in your zone of genius, as Gay Hendricks would call it.

 

7. How did you focus on what’s most important to you this year?

 

“The world is your perception of it. Inside and outside always match – they’re reflections of each other. The world is a mirror image of your mind.”
Byron Katie, Author


It is so easy to get caught up in what everyone else wants you to do. Your email can end of being a huge list of other people’s to do actions! Your family, friends, work or even society in general can dictate what gets done.

Think about when you get into work everyday, do you reflect on your key priorities and set in for some deep, deliberative work or do you check your email and focus on what others want of you? Did you get to focus on what was important to you this year or did you get pulled in different directions?

What is important to you and how do you ensure it stays the priority for you?

 

8. What are you grateful for this year?

 

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”
Eckhart Tolle, Author


Time to sink into a little gratitude. Make a list and check it twice!

Gratitude has immeasurable benefits to your physical health, mental health, improves your relationships, increases your resilience, helps you sleep better, improves your self esteem, not to mention, it makes you happier!

From the huge big things to the tiniest little things. What are you grateful for? If it involved people around you, this might be a nice way to reconnect with people during December and tell them what made you grateful too!

 

9. What have been the obstacles, hard times or challenges you’ve experienced and how have you grown from the experiences?

 

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
Maya Angelou, Poet/Author


Our obstacles are our opportunities for growth!  So let’s explore what our biggest challenges were this year and how it provided an opportunity for your growth and awareness.

Bring some reframing to it – how has it made you a better person, how did you grow and what did you learn? If it’s still tough to revisit, perhaps it’s time for gather a new meaning about the experience.

 

10. How would you summarise the year you’ve had?

 

“You are in charge of how much space a thought takes up in your life. Take the time to carefully consider what you let be a part of your being and your spirit.”
Cleo Wade

 

Use your creative juices to summarise the year in a creative way.

It’s quite in popular these days to come up with a word at the start of the year, but I want you to do this retrospectively.  How would you summarise it?

What would be the theme, mantra or symbol that characterises the year that you had? How would you draw a picture to reflect on the past year? Time to get out of your head and instead into your heart and body. What colours would you use? What shapes or images represent this year?

Take some time this December…


Grab your favourite drink, put on some encouraging music and sit in your favourite chair or go outside into nature and answer these questions for yourself!? Then come together with friends and share your reflections from the year.

Look out for a blog post in the coming weeks for 10 Questions to Plan for the New Year…

 

 

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