Triumphs, Risks, and Surprises: A Year at a Glance

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Part 1 A reflection exercise for you

Every year, I encourage my clients to answer a series of questions that help them pause and reflect. Regularly pausing, reflecting, and planning is essential for our mental well-being, personal fulfillment, and goal setting—especially this time of year when we have the benefit of reviewing a year at a glance.

I have author David Allen to thank for these; he’s the Getting Things Done guy. He posted them a long time ago in his blog, and I’ve been using them ever since.

  • What was your biggest triumph in 2023?
  • What was the smartest decision you made this year?
  • What one word best sums up and describes your 2023 experience?
  • What was the greatest lesson you learned this year?
  • What was the most loving service you performed this year?
  • What is your biggest piece of unfinished business for the year?
  • What are you most happy about completing this year?
  • Who were the three people that had the greatest impact on your life in 2023?
  • What was the biggest risk you took this year?
  • What was the biggest surprise?
  • What important relationship improved the most this year?
  • What compliment would you like to have received this year?
  • What compliment would you like to have given and to whom?
  • What else do you need to do or say to be complete with the year?

Now thinking ahead, consider the following:

  • What would you like to be your biggest triumph in 2024? What advice would you like to give yourself in 2024?
  • What is the major effort you are planning to improve your financial results in 2024?
  • What would you be most happy about completing next year?
  • What major indulgence are you willing to experience in 2024?
  • What would you most like to change about yourself in 2024?
  • What are you looking forward to learning next year?
  • What do you think your biggest risk will be in 2024?
  • What about your work are you most committed to changing and improving in 2024?
  • What is one as yet undeveloped talent you are willing to explore in 2024?
  • What brings you the most joy, and how are you going to do or have more of that next year?
  • Who or what, other than yourself, are you most committed to loving and serving in 2024?
  • What one word would you like to have as your theme in 2024?

If you found these questions helpful, then check out part two of this series, where I share questions to discuss with your team, and part three, an exercise that helps you bring these reflections to life.

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