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End of the Year Reflection | Getting Ready for the New Year

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Another year is about to come to a close. But before we start celebrating, it’s a good idea to do a big end of the year reflection.

The end of the year can bring on different emotions and feelings. One part of our mind is taking over with memories, highlights, and experiences of the past year, while the other is gearing up for making this next year the best one yet.

Many people often focus on the second part and dive straight into making new year’s resolutions. Now I like planning new goals as much as anybody else, but we often forget about the most important step; self reflecting on the past year.

I believe that skipping this important step is the reason many forget about their new year’s resolutions by the end of January. Their new goals don’t end of being as exciting because they didn’t take the time to figure out what is the most important next step in their life.

You really can’t plan ahead without looking back. We may feel determined and optimistic when that calendar flips to January 1st, but our experiences, skills, and mindset don’t change overnight. That’s where reflection time comes in.

Before we can jump into planning mode, we must first take some time to reflect on the past year.

Grab a coffee (or tea), your journal, and a pen, and join me in reflecting on 2022!

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Why You Should Do an End of the Year Reflection

Doing an end of the year reflection is a great mindfulness practice that helps you track your personal growth over the past year and get into a place of gratitude.

If we let it, time can pass us by super fast. That’s why it’s important to take time to reflect on our past accomplishments and learn from the ups and downs in life.

Self reflection can also help get you into a space of gratitude which helps provide insight as you move into the next chapter of your life.

Related: The Importance of Self-Reflection for Personal Growth

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How to do a New Years Reflection

There are many ways to do a New Year’s reflection, from in-depth free journaling to answering a variety of journal prompts. You could even talk with your family or friends and reflect together on the past year. 

There is no right or wrong way, you just need to find the best method that works for you.

With that being said, my personal favorite way to reflect is to journal with no prompts. I just grab my pen and paper and let my mind wander over what I did the past 12 months. 

I usually end up with five pages of memories, accomplishments, and lessons learned by the end of it. It’s also fun going back and rereading these pages at the end of each year. 

You can also use self reflection journal prompts.

Use some journal prompts that help you specifically focus on accomplishments and disappointments, lessons learned, and things you would like to improve on for the next year. Below are 10 of my favorite end of the year reflection journal prompts.

End of the Year Reflection Journal Prompts

1. What challenges did I overcome this year? What did I learn from them?

2. What new skills did I learn? How do I want to continue to develop them into the new year?

3. What is your favorite memories from the past year? (if you want, take some time here to go through photos you took and print them out or scrapbook them)

4. What new habits did you start? Will you continue to work on them next year?

5. What are you most proud of about the past year?

6. What did you learn about yourself this year?

7. How did your relationships (friends, family, partners) grow this year?

8. What did you fail at this year? How did you pick yourself up after?

9. What would you have done differently? What can you learn from it?

10. What advice would you give to yourself one year ago?

Want to dig a bit deeper into different areas of your life? Try these reflection questions.

Deeper Reflection Questions

Big Accomplishments: Did you graduate college last year? Get a new job? Buy your first car or house? How did you feel when that happened and what obstacles did you have to overcome to get there? 

Big Disappointments: What didn’t go your way last year? What were you hoping for that didn’t happen? What happened that you weren’t prepared for? How can you be grateful for these situations? What lessons did you learn?

Major Life Changes: Did you move to a new state or a new country last year? Did you get married? Did you start a new routine? What major life or lifestyle changes are you most proud of that you made this year?

Personal Achievements: What are you most proud of that you did for yourself last year? Are you better at managing your anger? Do you find yourself complaining less? Did you make an effort to spend more time with family and friends? Did you spend more time on a hobby you love?

Best Memories and Moments: What are the moments that were special to you that want to remember forever?

Areas You Want to Improve: What are things you know you can do better at this year? Do you need to manage your money better? Exercise more? Are you too critical of yourself?

Gratitude: What happened last year that you were thankful for? Write down 20 things you were grateful for from the past year.

End of Year Reflection Activities

Here are few more fun ways to review the past year.

1. Review photos you took this past year.

As you look at pictures you took this year, think about the moments that you captured and be grateful for them.

Think about how you felt and who you were with at the time. Maybe write a few notes in your journal. Or if you’re really ambious, make a small scrapbook of memories.

2. Review this past year’s goals.

What goals did you set out to achieve last year? Did you achieve them or completely forget about them?

Don’t beat yourself up about the goals you didn’t reach. Reasses what happened. Maybe the goals don’t align with who you are anymore.

Use what you learned from last year to set goals that align with your future dream life.

Related: How to Set SMART Goals and Actually Achieve Them

3. Reread your journal entries from this year.

If you kept a journal this year, (and if you didn’t I highly recommend you make a goal to start one this year) reread some, or all, of your journal entries. You’ll be surprised how much happened this year that’s worth remembering.

Maybe you’ll even discover something you forgot about that you want to bring back into the new year.

Related: How to Start a Journal

4. Write a gratitude list.

A great way to end any year is to remind yourself of the things you are grateful for. Even if you thought this past year kind sucked, this practice will help you be thankful for even the more difficult years.

Maybe you got to spend more time with your family, or you picked up a fun new hobby. Maybe you had more time to read again.

Take the wins from any part of your life and reflect on how grateful you are for them.

Ending the year with gratitude will help you start the new year with a better mindset.

Related: What is Mindset and Why is it Important

5. Journal

Like I mentioned before, I love journaling about the past year. It’s a great way to reflect on the good and the bad times of the past year, review life lessons you learned, and what goals you achieved. Sit down for about 15-30 minutes and just write anything that comes to mind.

Wrapping Up Your End of the Year Reflection

As we come to a close on 2021, don’t forget to cherish the memories you made this year. Some years are harder than others, but it’s important to stay positive as we head into a new year.

A new year is a new start but only if you make it be. Learn from your past, remember what you accomplished, and look forward to the future!

Happy New Year Everyone! Make 2022 the best year yet!!

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30 Personal Growth New Year’s Resolutions for 2023

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It’s that time of the year again! Everyone is getting ready to throw out the past year and start planning for an even better new year. And one of the most popular ways to get ready for the new year is by creating New Year’s Resolutions.

When it comes to picking a new year’s resolution, many people go with the classic “I want to lose weight”, “I want to get in better shape”, “I want to eat healthier”, or “I want to quit a bad habit”.

While there is nothing wrong with those new year’s goals, I think we can come up with something more unique and exciting this year. And because we talk about personal growth a lot on this blog, let’s choose a personal growth new year’s resolution.

I’m ready to make 2023 a year for personal growth and self-improvement. How about you?

To help you come up with a proper new year’s resolution for personal growth, here are 30 unique ideas.

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30 New Year’s Resolutions for Self-Improvement and Personal Growth in 2023

To help you navigate this blog post, I’ve divided it into the 5 areas of personal growth. I suggest you decide on 2-3 areas of personal growth that you want to focus on in the new year and then pick your new year’s resolutions based on that. 

Remember to pick resolutions that you are actually excited about. That’ll help keep the motivation up all year long.

** Some of the resolutions link out to other blog posts to help you if you decide on that goal for the new year **

Mental Personal Growth

1. Read a self-help book for 30 minutes every day

2. Listen to podcasts or audiobooks on your way to work

3. Take an online course or class on something you’re interested in

Social Personal Growth

4. Learn a new language

5. Take a public speaking class

6. Schedule more dates with your significant other

7. Spend more quality time with your friends

8. Call or visit your parents once a week

Spiritual Personal Growth

9. Go for weekly nature walks by yourself 

10. Spend time in prayer every morning

11. Meditate for 5-10 minutes every day

12. Read your Bible more

13. Participate in a weekly bible study with your peers

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Emotional Personal Growth

14. Start a daily journaling practice

15. Practice daily gratitude

16. Track your mood in your daily journal or planner

Physical Personal Growth

17. Practice yoga

18. Workout 3-5 times a week

19. Focus on getting 6-8 hours of sleep every night

20. Try meal planning so you can eat healthier meals and snacks

21. Drink enough water every day 

22. Try out meal prepping every Sunday to save time during the week

Other Ideas

23. Try a new hobby you’re interested in

24. Work on becoming an earlier riser

25. Practice daily self-care

26. Take time every day, week, and/or month for self-reflection

27. Make daily to-do lists

28. Go on a solo trip

29. Watch less tv or spend less time on social media

30. Try doing something that’s out of your comfort zone once a week

Final Thoughts on New Year’s Resolutions

As we head into the New Year, it’s a great idea to make a plan on how you want to improve yourself so you can live a happier, healthier dream life. 

Make sure you choose goals you’re excited about, that will truly benefit ‘future you’.

Don’t fall into the trap of making goals you don’t care about that will fall off the wagon by February.

I hope my list of 30 personal growth goals for the new year helped you out.

Good luck this year! And remember, You can do anything you put your mind to!

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12 of the Best Personal Development Books to Read This New Year

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Let’s make this year all about personal growth and development. We can create New Year’s Resolutions for personal growth and we can set self-improvement goals, but there’s another way to work on your personal growth… Reading personal development books!

I absolutely love reading non-fiction and learning something new every day. And I especially love reading books on how I can improve myself.

Here is my list of 12 Personal Development Books I think you should read this year to help you focus on you.

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Here are 12 of the Best Personal Development Books to Read in 2021:

1. The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8 AM) by Hal Elrod

To kick off this list, let’s talk about the book that started it all.

Hal Elrod’s book The Miracle Morning was the first of many personal development books I ever read.

I listened to this book on Audible in 2019 and I was so inspired that I bought the paperback book so I can read it again. Because of this self-help book, my life has completely taken a turn for the better. I am also now a morning person. Yep, that’s right. A book encouraged me to get out of bed in the morning!

If you are ready to get motivated in every aspect of your life, this book is for you.

“It’s time to wake up to your full potential.” – Hal Elrod

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2. The Miracle Equation The Two Decisions that Move Your Biggest Goals from Possible, to Probable to Inevitable by Hal Elrod

Following “The Miracle Morning”, Hal wrote another book that dives deeper into the secrets of unlocking your full potential. And it’s just as inspiring.

From the publisher: “Even after the incredible success of his book The Miracle Morning, Hal Elrod realized that he still had more to share with the world. What he had discovered was a timeless but overlooked formula for success. The world’s top achievers have used it for centuries. He used it to thrive against seemingly insurmountable odds, from overcoming life-threatening health challenges to near financial collapse.

That formula is The Miracle Equation, and it couldn’t be any simpler: Unwavering Faith + Extraordinary Effort = Miracles.”

3. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

You are a Badass is my favorite self-help book so far. I finished it in just 2 weeks and highlighted about half the book. I’m even planning on going back and rereading it again before the end of the year. It was just that good.

Jen Sincero is blunt and tells it how it is and I think that’s what I loved so much about it.

Each chapter gives you incredible advice on so many personal development topics. Every topic will help you identify and change your self-limiting beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want and instead create a life you totally love.

By the end of the book, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, and how to use “The Force” to kick some ass.

4. Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill

Think and Grow Rich is a classic self-help book for many reasons. I finally got around to reading it this past summer and while it wasn’t one of my favorites, it still had tons of valuable information that will keep you thinking.

From the publisher: “In Think and Grow Rich, Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles. This book will teach you the secrets that could bring you a fortune. It will show you not only what to do but how to do it. Once you learn and apply the simple, basic techniques revealed here, you will have mastered the secret of true and lasting success.

BE PREPARED! When you expose yourself to the influence of this philosophy, you may experience a CHANGED LIFE which can help you negotiate your way through life with harmony and understanding and prepare you for the accumulation of abundant material riches.”

5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is another self-help classic. I am actually currently reading this book. It is a bit of a longer read but I am absolutely devouring this book. Covey really dives deep into the 7 different habits and gives you action steps at the end of each chapter to help you put the habits into action.

From the publisher: “One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators, and parents— in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations.”

6. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic was a book that was just… “WOW”.

Elizabeth Gilbert told this incredible story of how ideas float around in the world just waiting for the right person to come along. She also shares so many inspiring stories throughout this book. I can’t recommend it enough.

From the Publisher: “Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books. Now she digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration.

“She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.”

7. The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss

From the Publisher: “The Four Hour Workweek is for the aspiring entrepreneur who is ready to make some serious changes to their life. Are you ready to make money and change your lifestyle? Tim Ferriss will help you “escape the 9-5, live anywhere, and join the new rich”.

I have yet to read this book but it’s another classic self-help book, so it’s definitely on my list for the new year.

8. 10% Happier Revised Edition: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works by Dan Harris

This a different kind of self-help book, but I think it sounds really interesting. Definitely on my list of to-reads this year.

From the publisher: “In 2014, Dan Harris published his memoir 10% Happier. The book—which describes his reluctant embrace of meditation after a drug problem, an on-air freak-out, and an unplanned “spiritual” journey—became an instant bestseller and Dan, to his own surprise, became a public evangelist for mindfulness. Hoist on My Own Petard is the story of what happens to Dan Harris after the runaway success of his memoir and the lessons he had to (re)learn in the process.”

9. The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks Than Others Do in 12 Months by Brian P. Morgan

This book has completely changed the way I plan my goals each year, now I only look at one quarter at a time when planning.

The idea is to get more done in 12 weeks than others do in 12 months, because you’re focused on just 12 weeks rather than a whole 52 weeks.

The book dives into how to develop clarity and focus, how to take back control of your days, and of course, accomplishing your goals in record time.

10. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

If you have ever been interested in the Law of Attraction then you definitely need to read this book. Not only doesn’t it fully explain the law of attraction in simplest terms, it also gives you so many different ways you can start harnessing the power of The Secret in your own life.

Literally the most powerful book I’ve read this year.

11. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

If you want an easy-to-understand book on building habits, this is it.

This book is A-mazing!

James Clear breaks down habit formation into 4 simple steps. Using different scientific studies throughout the book, he explains exactly how and why habits form and how to make them easier to form.

He also goes into detail about how to break habits too, using the exact same 4 step process.

Atomic Habits will change the way you think about progress and success and give you tools and strategies to help transform your habits.


Related: 29 New Habits for the New Year

12. Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis

I listened to this book on a road trip once and it was super inspiring. In every chapter, Rachel Hollis talks about a different limiting belief that many women(including herself) have and gives us practical strategies to help us move past them.

This was an incredible book that I will surely read again.

From the publisher: “In this challenging but conversational book, Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore.

Rachel is real and talks about real issues. More than that, she reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them. In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be. Because you really can live with passion and hustle – and give yourself grace without giving up.”

Final Thoughts

You can learn a lot from books. That’s why I devote at least 20 minutes every morning to reading. I have learned so much from reading personal development books and I always continue to learn more and more from them every day.

What are your favorite personal development books? I always love adding more books to my ‘to-read’ list. Share with us in the comments below.

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