Reflect on your year

Reflect on your year

There’s no doubt that this has been a big year. You’ve probably overcome lots of obstacles and kicked some goals, even if it doesn’t feel like it.

Looking back and reflecting on our achievements helps us feel fulfilled. We get to see what we found meaningful throughout the year, and start looking ahead at ways we can improve ourselves in the future.


Every little goal counts

You might be thinking, but what if I didn’t achieve much this year? Well, you probably did more than you think. Remember, every little thing counts, not just the really big stuff.

Maybe you finally joined a sport team. Maybe you finished reading a novel you’ve been putting off for ages. Maybe you improved on your school grades from last year. Maybe you’re just happy you made it through the year. Even though these things might seem small, they’re definitely worth celebrating.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

How to reflect

Want to look back on your year? We’ve written some steps to help you reflect.

Set the scene

Find a space that’s nice and quiet, or somewhere you can concentrate. Bring a book or journal with you to write in, or your laptop or tablet.

Go through each month at a time

When you’re looking back at the past year, it’s easier to break it into small chunks. Think through each month and what you’ve achieved. You can look back through your schoolwork, your journal or diary, or even social media accounts to see what you’ve done.

Write down EVERY achievement

Yep, even the little ones. Try and look at achievements from lots of different aspects of your life. These could be things like:

  • Academic
  • Sporting
  • Hobbies
  • Arts
  • Family
  • Community
  • Great feedback
  • Overcoming loss or disappointment

Find the achievements you’re most proud of

Now that you have a comprehensive list, look back and think about which achievements you’re most proud of. Which ones do you think you might still be proud of in the future, maybe even when you’re 50?


Looking forward

You should be proud of making it through the year, especially considering we’ve all been through some tough times.

And now that you’ve done some reflection, it’s time to celebrate! Take some time to feel good about what you’ve achieved – you deserve it. Then you can start looking forward to kicking goals in the new year.

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