Why You Must Look Back on Your Year

In a few more days, we’ll say goodbye to yet another year. The years seem to be passing by faster and faster. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way.

It should remind us to seize the day, every day. If we don’t, we’ll look back and wish we had done more, love more, serve more, experience more, etc. Each day is a precious gift and must seek to make the most of it.

Also, this should remind us that, while we indulge in procrastination, life is passing us by–fast. If you’re going to achieve your goals and pursue your dreams, you must act now. We can’t afford to procrastinate because, if we do, a decade will pass and we’ll still be saying to ourselves, “I really should do this.”

At the end of the year, it’s a good time reflect on the sunsetting year. We had started the year with goals, projects, and plans. Now, that we’re about to enter into a new year, we can stop for a moment and evaluate the journey we have traveled in the last 12 months.

We can learn a lot by looking back on the year: our wins, challenges, mistakes. And the wisdom we glean from our review of the year can serve us for the years to come.

When you look back on your year, what do you see? More specifically, what are your top-three highlights? These can be achievements you’ve made, experiences you’ve lived, or life events that have marked your year.

For instance, you may have completed your information technology certification program; this would be an achievement. You may have traveled to Paris for the first time, and that was a dream you cherished for a long time; this would be an experience. You may have seen the birth of a new child, or you may have gotten married; these would be life events.

Take a few minutes today to look back over your year and identify you three highlights. Of course, if you have more than three, it’s fine—it’s your review of the year after all.

The important thing is that you take the time to appreciate all the great things that happened this year. Also, if you have a partner (and even children), you can do this together; this gives way to fascinating and enriching discussions (plus it’s an excellent way to solidify bonds).


About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.