45 Ways to Reflect & Look Ahead to the Future

This time of the year is all about self reflection - looking back on the past 365 days, and getting excited for what's to come in the year ahead. A yearly review is a great exercise to help you do just that. It's a great way to slow down and reminisce about the good, and the bad, to appreciate the little things and to plan and get excited for what lies ahead.

How do you reflect? Plan to make your 2017 a successful one by using these 45 questions to help you reflect on the past and focus on the year ahead.

45 ways to reflect and look ahead

45 Ways to Reflect & Look Ahead


Looking back...
  1. Describe your 2016 in 5 words.
  2. What were your 3 happiest moments?
  3. What one event, big or small, are you going to tell your future grandchildren about?
  4. List 3 new things that you discovered about yourself.
  5. What new things did you try?
  6. What new opportunities were you given?
  7. What was the most important lesson your learned?
  8. What advice would you share about what you learned this year?
  9. What achievements are your most proud of?
  10. What was the best news you received?
  11. What are you most thankful for?
  12. Who are you most thankful for?
  13. What challenges did you overcome, and how?
  14. What healthy habits did you put in place?
  15. How did you take risks and push yourself out of your comfort zone?
  16. How did your relationships with your friends and family evolve?
  17. Who, or what, had the most positive impact on your life?
  18. How did you handle negative energy and tough times?
  19. What was your most comment mental state this year?
  20. What personal qualities, or habits, did you develop?
  21. How did you enjoy the little things?
  22. If asked, how would others describe you?
  23. If given the chance, what experience would you do all over again?
  24. What advice would you give your early-2016 self if you could?
  25. If you could go back in time, what would you have done differently?

Looking forward...
  1. What are you most excited for this year?
  2. How will this year be different than the last?
  3. What is your theme song for 2017, and why?
  4. What/where do you want to see, discover and/or explore?
  5. How will you continue to push yourself?
  6. What new things will you try?
  7. What item is on the top of your bucket list for 2017?
  8. Who do you want to spend more time with?
  9. What do you want to achieve career-wise?
  10. List 3 new skills you would like to learn or improve on. 
  11. What type of energy do you want to give off this year?
  12. List 3 things you would like to learn.
  13. How do you want people to describe you?
  14. What habits do you want to change or get rid of?
  15. List 3 personal qualities you would like to develop or strengthen.
  16. What is one thing you want to completely rid your life of this year?
  17. How do you want to remember the year when you look back on it 10/20/50 years from now?
  18. What is your #1 goal for 2017? 
  19. How do you plan on achieving your #1 goal?
  20. If you could chose one word to live by in 2017, what would it be?


How do you reflect on the year past, and get excited for the year ahead?


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