The future is chock full of possibilities and opportunities, new chances and new journeys. With 2020 and the new decade fast approaching, many of us use this time at the end of the year to think about where we are now, and where we hope to go in the future.

Now is the time to reflect on where you're at right now, and if you achieved the goals you set for yourself this year.

Take a break from your modern, busy life to focus on your weaknesses and strengths, as well as the lessons learned from this last year. The insights you gain will help power your future success and happiness.

Here are 10 personal reflection questions to help you prepare for and achieve your goals in 2020. Remember: the self-reflection you do now will guide you toward success next year and beyond.

1. How has your life changed or stayed the same in the last year?

Was it an eventful year? Why or why not? How did your choices lead to or allow any life changes, and will you make these same decisions in the future?

2. What are you most proud of?

Don't forget to pat yourself on the back for any job well done. You deserve it for all your hard work and perseverance. Acknowledging our successes reminds us what we are capable of at any moment.

3. What stressed you out the most?

4. What are five words that describe this year, and which five words do you want to describe 2020?

Take a moment to envision how this year went, and how you want the next year to go.

5. What negative habits do you want to break next year?

We all have negative habits, and we have the power to stop doing them. Are you too negative? Do you indulge in junk food too often? How can you improve? How can you change bad habits to good ones?

6. Were there any opportunities you missed out on?

If so, what moves can you make now to prevent another missed opportunity from happening in 2020? 

7. What did you start and not finish?

And will you revisit this in the new year? (Hint: If it helps lead to your future success and happiness, then you should.)

8. What brought joy into your life this year?

Make a commitment to do more of the things that bring you joy, and less of the things that take joy out of your life.

9. What are you most grateful for?

Despite the challenges we go through, we can always find something to be thankful for. What blessings did this year give you, and how will you stay grateful in the new year?

10. What's the one thing you'd like others to remember about you when you're no longer here?

We can get so caught up in our daily lives that we forget to think about our legacy. With this question, think big picture, and think about how you can make steps next year to bring this vision to life.

Published on: Dec 20, 2019
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