What Lessons Did You Learn The “Hard Way” in 2015?

“It is necessary … for a man to go away by himself … and ask, ‘Who am I, where have I been, and where am I going?” 
-Carl Sandburg

While this week marked the start of a new month, it also marked the beginning of the end of the year for 2015. At the end of each year it’s always helpful to conduct a self-evaluation to assess what worked in your life this year and what didn’t. You can use the end of the year to ask yourself what personal milestones you achieved, what you learned, and where you need to improve. You can also use this time as an opportunity to reflect upon what experiences you didn’t enjoy or that perhaps caused you stress, and explore what insight you learned from those particular incidents, and how you can apply that new knowledge to better equip you for the year ahead.

So below are some self-reflective questions for you to utilise to ensure you both acknowledge the experiences you’ve had over the course of this year, and how you can apply your acquired practical wisdom to carry you into 2016. Once you’ve filled out your responses, feel free to share them with me in an email, because I know some of you like doing that.

1. What are the top ten things you achieved this year that you are most proud of? 

2. What experiences had the most significant impact (in a “good” or “bad” way) on your life this year and why?

3. What lessons did you learn the “hard way” this year and how will you use these lessons learned to your advantage in the year ahead?

4. In what ways have you grown most as a person this year?

5. What areas of your life do you feel you need to work on next year, to better ensure your happiness, health and well-being?