How was your year? Did you accomplish any of your goals? Do you remember what goals you started the year with?
Did you grow any wiser this year? Did you strengthen key relationships? Did you grow professionally? Are you better and/or more established now than you were at the beginning of the year—spiritually, professionally, physically, relationally, financially, etc?
Can you look back and see particular “themes” and trends in your year? Did you deal with recurring issues, good or bad?
Did you overcome any obstacles? Could you explain to someone the process you went through to do so?
What was the low point of your year? The high point?
Were there any scriptures that became iconic for you during the year? Scriptures that got you over a hump or that empowered you for a difficult position you had to take?
Did any new relationships come into your life that could be key in the days ahead? Did you renew any old relationships? Are there any relationships that you have determined are detrimental to your health (emotionally, spiritually or physically)? Is there anything in you that would keep you from breaking off an unhealthy relationship?
Why all the questions? I often reference a particular phrase in regards to monthly and year-end reviews: “a backwards glance for forward advance.” If we don’t learn from our past, we are doomed to repeat it! What have you learned from your experiences this past year?
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” – Maria Robinson