New Year’s resolutions are traditionally promises made to one’s self on New Year’s day … but what’s the rush. The results of various surveys revealed that approximately 66% – 70% of adults make New Year’s resolutions but only 17% – 22% keep them. Research also shows that taking time to think thorough the implementation of a resolution, increases the likelihood of reaching it. Take your time and by the middle of January you may have a New Year’s resolution that may change your life.
Reflecting back on the past year is a good way to clear the path for the New Year. Reflection allows us to let go of the restraints that can hold us back and build our strategies to move forward based on the strengths associated with our accomplishments. The benefits of the end of the year review offer us “lessons learned” from those situations that may have not turned out as we might have hoped, and those that did. Something is always working in our favor – we just need to discover what it is.
Here are 20 reflection questions to clear a path for New Year’s resolutions: make a difference in your life.
1. What were my resolutions or goals for 2014?
2. What were my greatest accomplishments for 2014 that I am most proud of?
3. Now, what was one more?
4. What are the actions I took to achieve these accomplishments?
5. What strengths did I tap into to be able to take these actions?
6. How can I apply these strengths to move forward in 2015?
7. What did I intend to do in 2014 that did not get done?
8. What were the biggest challenges or barriers I faced in 2014 that contributed to not accomplishing everything I wanted?
9. How did I deal with each of these?
10. Where do I get my strength from to overcome barriers?
11. How have I grown from these accomplishments and challenges?
12. What am I most grateful for as I reflect back?
13. What have I learned?
14. Who are my greatest supporters or support systems that I can rely on as I move forward?
15. How can I show my gratitude and appreciation to those who have supported me?
16. What would I like to be different in the upcoming year – what do I vision?
17. What would it feel like to experience this difference?
18. What am I willing to do to make this change a reality?
19. What barriers do I anticipate and what strategies can I put into place to overcome these barriers?
20. What is the first step I need to take to get closer to my goal?
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Sources: http://www.b3nutrition.com, Report on Richard Wiseman’s Quirkology website