17 Questions to Ask Yourself At The End Of 2017
It’s already the middle of November and with less than 50 days until the end of the year, now would be an amazing time to reflect on the past year. If you find that after reflecting on the past 11 months that you haven’t reached your goals or end up where you expected, you can choose to make the next 50 days count! Often we wait until the year has come to close before we take the time to look back. This year, let’s take some time to reflect, learn and grow before we ring in the New Year.
17 Questions to Ask Yourself At The End Of 2017:
How did I serve?
Where in your life did you focus on being of service to others? To me, being of service to others is not about letting others take advantage of you or walk all over you. It’s about listening and understanding how I can best serve them, while upholding my own values and ethics.
Where and how did I make a difference?
It’s easy to miss how we made a difference in someone else’s life. When we are focused on the bigger picture, we can be blind to the positive effects we are having right in our own backyard. This is something I struggle with. I have a HUGE vision for my message of gratitude and want to share it with millions of people, and sometimes I don’t think I’m making any difference at all. Yet it’s usually at that moment when someone will send me an email or text message to let me know that I have. Those are the moments when I know I’m making a difference.
My friend Kim is making a difference every day in the lives of stray dogs. Her mission is to save them all. However, we all know that saving one dog makes a difference to that one and it’s new owner.
Did I have fun?
In our fast paced, Instagram worthy lives, we can sometimes forgot to have FUN! How many times a day do you find yourself laughing? It’s true we can get lost in a sea of funny cat videos and become very unproductive. At the same time, a life without fun is definitely missing something. Have you seen the new Thor: Ragnarok movie? It’s got some really hilarious moments. We went as a family and loved it!
Who am I most proud of?
There is no right or wrong answer here. It could be a parent, a child, a spouse or business partner. Or it could simply be you. Being proud of yourself is not a negative thing. Most of us tend to downplay our achievements and growth. We find it easier to put the spotlight on others. Ask yourself this, would others write down your name as someone they are most proud of? Then write down all of the reasons why they would be proud of you.
How much did I grow?
It can be difficult to really measure how much growth we’ve experienced over the past year. Take a look back at the challenges that showed up. How did you choose to handle them? Do you think you’d handle them the same way next time? If the answer is no, that’s somewhere that you’ve experienced growth.
What mistakes did I make?
This question and the next one are connected. Acknowledging our mistakes and our failures is one of the keys to success. Ask any successful entrepreneur and they will tell you that they learn the most when they fail at something. I believe that if we’re not making mistakes then we are spending too much time in our comfort zone.
What would I do differently?
Once we’ve figured out what mistakes we’ve made, we can figure out what we would do differently the next time to either avoid the situation, or deal with it, should it happen again. This is where all of our growth happens. And if it’s a personal mistake that’s damaged a relationship, there’s no better time to mend the relationship and start with an apology or forgiveness.
How many lives did I impact?
When we think about the question around making a difference, it can be a challenge to realize how many lives we’ve impacted. There will always be those that we impact, whether it be through social media or a personal interaction, that we will never know about. I answer this question by looking at my clients and my team; my family and my friends; and thinking about my gratitude tribe. Who would be in your circle of influence?
When did I leave my comfort zone?
We’ve talked about leaving our comfort zone for growth. We can also look at leaving our comfort zone in other ways, such as facing a fear or taking risks. Every time we choose to take a risk, either personally or in business, we are leaving our comfort zone. The bigger the risk, the further out we go. And once we’ve left our comfort zone, it’s never the same size as what it was before when we do go back to it.
How much time did I spend with loved ones?
To me, there is nothing more important than being with the people I love. Whether it’s my immediate family, my extended family or my friends, time spent with others it very valuable to me. This is going to be different for all of us. You may choose to spend more or less time with loved ones, depending on your life situation. What makes this question important is did I spend all of the time I wanted to with my loved ones.
Did I achieve my goals?
The first question is actually, did I set goals for 2017? The second question is, did I achieve them or can I achieve them in the next 50 days? I am a goal-setter and goal-getter. However, every year, there are unmet goals and things on the list that didn’t get completed. How do you feel when you haven’t met your goals? It’s great to review them now, as it will give you a chance to give it all you’ve got (if you choose to) from now until the end of the year.
Where am I holding on to grief, anger or resentment?
This one will likely take a little bit longer to answer. Perhaps the answer is that you’re not holding on to any of these emotions. However, if you are, I encourage you to take some time before the year ends to release these emotions. One of my favorite books on raising our vibration and releasing negative emotions is Ask and It Is Given by Esther Hicks and Jerry Hicks.
What books did I read or listen to that made a difference for me?
Reading is one of the keys to growth. In our hectic lives it can be a challenge to sit down a read, so having audiobooks available can make a big difference. I often get audiobooks on CD from the library (old school!) for in the car. Audible is also a great app that gives you a free book and 30 day trial. Think back to some of the books you have read this year and see if you can remember what lessons you have learned. I absolutely loved listening to Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future in the car. It made me excited for the future and also challenged me to think in different ways.
What new habits did I adopt?
Take a close look at your daily routine. Were you doing these same things at the beginning of the year? What has changed? One of my favorite places to start with new habits is with our morning routine. There’s still time to add one new habit before the end of 2017!
Where did I travel to?
When we think about spending our very limited time here on earth, we often think about all that there is to see and do. And there will never be enough time to see it all. If travelling is on your bucket list, where did you travel to in the last 12 months? Have you chosen to make it a priority to travel? For my family and I, travel is a big priority. And we make choices to have the income to allow us to do this. It’s probably our 4th largest expense after housing, food and supplements. Is there time to sneak in one last trip before the end of the year?
How often did I give thanks?
This is more of a reflective question. Think about all of the times throughout your day that you are choosing to give thanks and be thankful. Maybe this is one of the new habits that you have created this year. It would be amazing if you have been inspired to wake up with gratitude every morning.
What am I most grateful for?
To me, this is the most important question and one that I ask myself every day. What I am most grateful for right now? This question grounds us in the present; it’s not about looking back or dreaming ahead, it’s about right now. When we focus on our gratitude, it becomes so much easier to grow, take risks, step out of our comforts and deal with negativity. As we wrap up 2017, I invite you to join me in writing down three things that you are most grateful for, every night before you go to sleep. You’ll quickly find that your last few weeks of this year will be your best weeks ever.
In these last few weeks of 2017, what will you choose to create? Let’s finish strong in 2017 and together, we can make 2018 our best year ever.
Healthy and Happy for the Holidays – Live EVENT!! Please join me on Monday November 20th from 7 – 9 pm at the Burlington Golf and Country Club for our last event of the year. www.holidayshealthy.eventbrite.ca