Reflection Questions for the New Year

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” ~Soren Kierkegaard

  

This is the perfect time to reflect upon this past year.  Are you ready?

To prepare, take a deep breath, slow down, and grab a cup of coffee or tea along with a journal or notebook to write in.  As you go through the reflection questions below, write down what comes to you after reading each one.

There is no right or wrong answer.  Making judgments and having negative thoughts are not part of the plan. This is an exercise for you to use to make positive changes.

  • What did you learn this year about yourself and in general?
  • Pick 5 words to describe this year.
  • What or who brought a smile to your face or warmed your heart this year?
  • What was the single best thing that happened this past year?
  • What was the single most challenging thing that happened?
  • Who came into your life this year?
  • What or who did you let go of this  year?
  • With whom were your most valuable relationships?
  • What effect did this past year have on your emotionally, spiritually and physically?
  • In what way(s) did you grow in your relationships with others?
  • What was your single biggest time waster in this year?
  • What was the best way you used your time this past year?
  • What was your greatest accomplishment this past year?
  • What do you want to continue into the New Year?  

Did you find this exercise helpful?  I’m always looking for feedback. Please feel free to add a comment below. 

Wishing you an amazing 2017 full of endless possibilities! 
 

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Work in Progress

I am a work in progress.

At times my heart has been temporarily closed for repairs.

My mind has been extended with new bridges for thoughts to travel along.

The capicity for how many may be onsite changes with time.

There are constant changes happening.

Some days are more challenging then others.

Unpredictable storms may create danger zones.

I cannot do it alone and have a team to help me when I ask.

It will take a life time to finish.

Redesign and renovations of some areas are to be expected.

Things will not always go according to plan.

With each experience, I will keep on learning and building more.

 

~Written by Life Coach Jennifer Bridge, ACC

Self-Improvement Tips

Self improvement tips are a great way to kick start your personal growth and to push yourself to new levels of achievement and fulfillment. If you’re someone who’s interested in personal development and personal growth, you’re probably always in search of effective strategies for stimulating growth. You’re probably also looking for strategies which will ensure your personal growth and help you to achieve results.

So after spending over a decade studying personal achievement, I’ve decided to provide these seven easy self improvement tips as a way of giving back and helping people like you to achieve greater success in their life.

Daily Journaling

If you study the great achievers of history, you’ll find that almost all of them were avid writers. Keeping a daily journal helps you to clarify your thoughts and develop a sense of self-awareness which will give you the ability to reinvent yourself on a moment’s notice and help you to develop unshakable self-confidence.

Meditation

This is probably the most commonly neglected of these seven self improvement tips …it’s also one of the most important. Meditation is the most effective means of reducing stress and clearing out your mind from “junk thoughts” which lead to worry and anxiety. Daily meditation also helps to slow your heart rate and regulate your digestion among dozens of other health benefits. It also makes your sleep more restful and helps your body to recover faster. Basically, the practice of meditation is the one thing which can make the other six of these self improvement tips effective.

Expecting to Win

People who achieve great things in life aren’t normally anymore intelligent or capable than the average person. But they do one thing different which many intelligent people have a hard time doing: they expect to win, even before they know how they’re going to do it.

Having expectations doesn’t require knowledge of how those expectations are going to be, and if you start from a foundation of bold expectancy, the rest is just a matter of perseverance.

Writing Goals and Plans of Actions

The habit of writing down clear and specific goals and plans of action for achieving those goals is a must if you want to accomplish anything. This is because writing down your goals clarifies them and begins building an expectation in your mind. Also, having written plans gives you a specific set of actions to take each day towards the realization of your long-term goal.

Be Well Rounded

The process of personal development must be holistic in nature. Every single area of your life affects every other area either directly or indirectly. If your relationships are out of order, it’s going to affect your health and your financial life. If your health is out of order it’s going to start your personal growth and make it more difficult for you to find the energy to achieve any of your goals.

So no matter what you’re trying to achieve, being well-rounded is the key to living a balanced life and for building the physical stamina, the emotional fortitude, the financial security and the social support system required in order to achieve great things.

Positive Affirmations

Positive affirmations have the power to change your inner dialogue which can literally change your personality, your character, your actions and your life. For best results, write one positive affirmation for each of the key areas of your life (health, relationships, finances and career) and make a commitment to rehearsing them out loud twice daily.

Teach to Learn

This is the most important of any of the seven self improvement tips. The more you teach other people the principles of personal growth, the clearer your understanding will be of them and the more effective you’ll be able to make them in your own life. Even if you have no one to teach, you can write about the principles of personal development and how they are helping you. You can even begin by writing a short paragraph about each of these simple self improvement tips. Write each one as if you were teaching the principles to someone else and your understanding of them will deepen.

Article from the site http://www.positive-thinking-center.com/self-improvement-tips.html