January, the month of resolutions, may take its name from the Roman god Janus, the deity of transitions and doorways. Janus is often depicted as having two faces – one looking to the past, the other to the future.
Think about Janus as you consider how to be your best self in 2018. Before crafting a list of resolutions and goals for the future, take a cleared-eyed, unemotional look at the past 12 months. Your takeaways from this exercise can provide invaluable guidance as you move forward.
Be comprehensive in your review of 2017. Examine every aspect of your life – career, relationships, citizenship, spirituality, hobbies and self-growth. Be honest in your assessments. This process isn’t a competition. No one will score or judge your 2017 performance. The objective of the exercise is to determine what’s working for you, and what isn’t. Take that information and use it to shape your goals and resolutions for 2018.
Here are 20 questions to help you put your 2017 under the microscope.
1. What am I most proud of?
2. What do I wish I did differently?
3. What or who did I learn the most from?
4. What did I resist the most and why?
5. What new skills did I acquire?
6. What limiting belief about myself do I no longer have?
7. How have I been proved wrong and how was that liberating?
8. Who or what am I most inspired and energized by?
9. Who or what am I repelled by the most, and why?
10. What went better/harder than I expected?
11. What global issue did I take personally?
12. How did I surprise myself?
13. What did I do for others?
14. What am I most grateful for?
15. What negative patterns seem to be repeating?
16. What did I start and not complete?
17. What was something I failed at and what did I learn?
18. What was the kindest thing I did for my friends and family?
19. What no longer worries me, that used to?
20. Where, or doing what, do I feel the most peace?