12 Questions to Complete Your Year and Start Anew

It’s an annual tradition of mine – to celebrate, reflect and capture the meaningful bits of the past year and to reflect and focus on the year ahead. And while I know how crazy busy December (aka the ‘season of rush’) can be as the race to the year’s finish line always ramps up the pressure, I encourage you to make some time for a year-end/new year reflection. Questions are useful to guide this reflection and each year, I offer 12 questions to consider.

Scroll down for this year’s 12 Questions (some are brand new and some you may have seen from past year’s list).

Note: for boomers approaching or in the UNretiredLife stage (past main career) I have posted the same questions at my UNretiredLife blog but with some comments specific to this lifestage


1) What went well?

2) In what ways did you grow and evolve in the ‘evolution of you’?

3) What were some key lessons for you personally in 2011?

4) What do you need to clean-out or let go of right now to be ready to start fresh in 2012?

5) What personal accomplishments are you most proud of from the past year?

6) If there was a theme for 2011 for you personally, what would it be? i.e. “This was the year of ____.”


7) What do you want for yourself in the year ahead and in what ways can you take responsibility for making that happen?

8 ) What strengths (name at least 3) will you deliberately use more of in the year ahead to realize your goals?

9) In what ways will you take care of yourself to maintain your “Mojo” – resilience, energy, inspiration and sense of wellbeing?

10) What are your learning goals this year? If you had a ‘learning agenda’ what might be on that list?

11) In what ways will you contribute something to the ‘greater good’  of _____ (choose a community or communities of choice)?

12) If the year ahead is to have a personal theme for you, what would that be? i.e. “This will be the year of ____”

To a season of joy and celebration – may you complete the year in good health and spirits. And may you look forward to a shiny new year with fresh eyes, energy and empowerment to create the year you want!




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