22 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. How would you describe last year’s experience in three words?
  2. As you look back over the last year, what are you most grateful for?
  3. What moments were most significant and how did they impact you?
  4. Which project did you most enjoy working on last year? And why?
  5. What were your biggest accomplishments last year? What are you most proud of?
  6. What goals did you achieve last year?  Which ones did you achieve? How does it feel to have achieved them?
  7. For the goals not achieved, what stopped you?  
  8. What is one business or career lesson you learned this year?
  9. What is one lesson you learned about your passion this year?
  10. What is one personal development lesson you learned this year?
  11. How did you push the boundaries of your comfort zone? What can you do in the coming year to continue pushing those boundaries? 
  12. What are you most looking forward to in the coming year And how will your past lessons influence your approach to achieving this?
  13. What will you do differently moving forward because of what you learned and experienced last year?
  14. What challenges do you anticipate in the coming year for accomplishing your goals? What can you do to proactively manage these challenges ahead of time?
  15. What would you want your life to look like at this time next year, if you knew you wouldn’t fail?
  16. How do you want to show up next year? Who do you want to be? What frame of mind do you want to be in? What are your goals?
  17. What is your focus word for the coming year and how does it embody your intention for the coming year?
  18. If you could accomplish only one goal in the coming year, what would it be? Why does it matter to you?
  19. What are you curious about that you want to learn more about or pursue in the coming year? How will you follow your curiosity? 
  20. What would make you happier next year?
  21. What is a concrete action that would bring you closer to achieving your goals next year?
  22. How will you hold yourself accountable to your goals in the new 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. 

The BPD team and I wish you a very happy, healthy, peaceful and meaningful Christmas season. We look forward to contributing to your success in the New Year!

Download our digital BPD Associates Ltd Calendar so you can start mapping out your New Year Goals.

As you reflect on what you desire for the coming year, visit https://bpdassociates.com/ to see the various ways in which we can support you.

Live YOUR Passion!

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