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End of Year Reflection

During the transition from one year into the next, we tend to focus upon what's coming up in the new year. Planning ahead and creating goals is a great thing, and we can't forget to reflect on the previous year because we can learn from what's not working for us, what is working well, and what we can improve upon.

  1. Step 1:


    Taking time out to reflect is a simple, yet powerful practice that can support you to be at your personal best. You can reveal strengths and areas for improvement - learn from past experiences and course correct for the next time.

    A Process

    To take yourself (or a team) through a reflection, you can ask yourself a series of simple questions.

    Possible areas of focus: Relationships, Health, Personal meaning/Purpose, Work, Collaboration, Society/Community/Planet, Mindset, Creativity, Lifelong Learning, Leadership, Profitability, etc...

  2. Step 2:

    What didn't go well in 2019? What do I want to do differently and/or improve?

  3. Step 3:

    What went well in 2019? What shall I continue to do/be?

  4. Step 4:

    How will I apply my learnings/insights? When?

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    What do I need to stop doing/being in 2020?

  6. Step 6:

    What will I start doing/being in 2020?

  7. Step 7:

    Goodbye 2019, and Hello 2020!

    Let go of what no longer serves you to make space for the new experiences. Otto Scharmer refers to this in Theory U, referring to letting go to let come. Let's face it, it's very hard to create new experiences with baggage from the past dragging you down.

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    Daily gratitude feels good. Each morning when your feet hit the floor, express gratitude for 3 things you're grateful for and one positive experience you've had over the past 24 hours. It can help you to become more focused and present, and can support you to be more positive overall - and when we hit challenging times. It's a daily habit worth practicing.

    Complete your end of the year reflection with gratitude for what you've experienced over the past 12 months and for whats to come in the new year.

  9. Step 9:

    A Process

    Express three things that you're grateful for to close your Reflection process.

    Tip: Take time to pause and send positive thoughts out into the world.

    Studies show that people can deliberately cultivate gratitude by literally counting their blessings and writing letters of thanks. This proactive acknowledgement can increase well-being, health, and happiness. Being grateful—and especially the expression of it—is also associated with increased energy, optimism, and empathy.

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    Set an intention for what you want to be, live, and show up in the world. An intention shouldn’t be confused with a goal—it’s not something you attach an expectation or evaluation to. It’s something you want to align with in your life. It’s an aim, a purpose, or attitude you’d be proud to commit to.

    Life is beautiful. It's a complex journey and it gets better when you know yourself better and knowing you have the ability to direct your focus and intention.

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    • You can tailor this reflection as a team process.