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Self-Reflection Questions for Aligned Goal Setting in the New Year

Dear Freedom Achiever,

How often do you block time off on your calendar so you can review the past few days, weeks, or months? 

Most people don’t take this important step towards living well-designed lives because they get too caught up in the busyness of their careers/running their businesses, and other obligations but the benefits of consistently scheduling quiet moments to self-reflect are transformative in many different areas of our lives – including goal setting!

A study by researchers Giada Di Stefano, Francesca Gino, Gary Pisano, and Bradley Staats found that call centre employees who spent 15 minutes reflecting on what they learned during the workday performed 23% better after 10 days than those who skipped out on reflection. In a similar study of commuters in the UK, results showed that those who used their commute to think about and plan their day were happier, more productive, and more satisfied overall than those who did not.

"To achieve happiness, I advocate four major principles. The principles of love, wisdom, self-reflection, and progress."
- Ryuho Okawa.

How can Self-Reflection help you set your New Year Goals?

Self-reflection can help you identify what went well and what didn’t go well, which will give you a better understanding of your successes and areas of improvement. This process will give you useful information to help you plan for the future by setting new goals.

"Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful." - Margaret J. Wheatley

When you start the new year with a clear mind, passion and desire for your goals, you have energy, enthusiasm and direction. With so much pressure on you towards the end of the year  it can be overwhelming to focus, but re-centering yourself around your vision for your life will empower you in ways words alone cannot describe!

To assist you with your self reflection exercise and to get ready for your goal setting you can , start with these questions. Your honest answers will give you clarity on what you  accomplished and what you desire for the coming year and can  empower and motivate you in the coming year.

Your Self-Reflection Questions

  1. What skills did you develop last year that helped you remain relevant in the 21st Century? 
  2. What technology tools did you use last year and how did this improve your performance?
  3. How did you stay updated with what was trending in your area of expertise?
  4. To meet your goals, what new technology tools do you need to learn about and use in the coming year?
  5. Which 3 top skills will you develop to assist you in remaining relevant in the 21st Century in the coming year?
  6. Which 3 resources will you refer to, to stay updated on the latest happenings in your field of expertise in the coming year?

"Reflection... Looking back so the view looking forward is clearer."
- Unknown

Once you’ve taken time to self-reflect and answer these questions you now have a starting point to get started to create goals for the coming year and live with intention, rather than by reaction. 




To support you to set your goals for 2023, create your outcome plans and take action so that you can achieve all you desire professionally and personally, we created an Outcomes Planner.

 CLICK HERE to download your planner! 

Live YOUR Passion!

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