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Year-end self-reflection

Year-end in review, time for introspection, reflection and planning

As 2021 comes to a close, it is that time to self reflect and introspect. I am positively sure that most of us, at least I am, are think “another year of pandemic, another with masks, social distancing and hassle of tests, queues for every place …”. Still, it is the time to reflect on the year that passed and the new year.

Every year is the same. As New Year day approaches, my mind wanders back in time, wonders what will happen next, and practices gratefulness for the present.

Why do we need self-reflection?

You may be wondering why we need to self-reflect in pandemic times, where the future seems to be uncertain. Self-reflection is a powerful and sobering process. It’s one of the most effective strategies to accelerate our learning, determine how we operate best and be the best version of ourselves. It is a painful exercise for some of us, as it obliges us to make a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves and be honest and authentic to ourselves.

At this time, my thoughts wander, asking meaningful questions to myself (I was inspired by Zach Mercurio):

  1. How was what did I do impact others?
  2. What did my life do for others?
  3. How else can I contribute to the people who matter most in my life?
  4. What kind of impact do I want to have made next year?
  5. How do I want to grow in the coming year?
  6. What should my life do for others in the next year?
Bring it all together

Year-end is the perfect time to introspect and self-reflect on the year that went by and the year to come. For some is a painful and tortuous process as you have to be honest with yourself. It is also a time for personal growth and development. Do you do year-end reviews? Which type of questions do you ask yourself? And I am curious to know which process you use?

Let me know in the comments below.

DISCLAIMERThe views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author, and they are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organisation, company, individual or anyone or anything.

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