2016: End of Year Review

Yes, it’s that time of year again. I’m a great believer in easing ourselves gently into the New Year. We often we set ourselves up to fail by giving ourselves unrealistic goals. So let’s look back on last year and look at what lessons you’ve learnt and how can tweak your habits or do things differently to get the results that you want for 2017.

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At Psychologies, we believe that you can live your life, your way but to do that you need to take a good look at how you are currently living your life and what you may need to tweak to get a different result.

It’s about defining what success means to you, being able to articulate what you REALLY want, and being able to create achievable goals to enable you to get there.

Here are some of my favourite coaching questions. Every year, I get my friends around for a big dinner and we go through the questions and hold ourselves accountable throughout the year.

  • Name 3 moments in 2016 where you felt happy, at one with life, interested and engaged. What do these moments have in common? Who were you with, what were you doing?
  • Name 3 moments in 2016 when you felt miserable, trapped and defeated? What do these moments have in common? Who were you with, what were you doing?
  • How can you spend more time doing the things in 2016 with the people that you love and less time doing the things that drain your energy with people who make you feel miserable, trapped and defeated?
  • What has been your biggest challenge in 2016 and how have you handled it?
  • When facing this challenge, what is the thinking that spirals you into despair or sense of hopelessness?
  • When facing this challenge, what is the thinking or thought that helps you stay focused and hopeful?
  • What worked well and why in 2016?
  • How have you sabotaged yourself in 2016 and how can you do things differently in 2017?
  • What are you most proud of achieving this year?
  • How do you define achievement?
  • What does success look like to you in 2017?
  • How do you measure if you are doing well on a daily basis?
  • How do you measure if you’re doing well on a yearly basis?
  • If you were to create a plan to achieve your goals in 2017, what three specific actions do you need to take differently on a daily basis?

Do buy Psychologies magazine February issue, out 30 December for a ‘Re-invent Your Life in 2017’ special.

Suzy Walker

Editor of Psychologies, Psychologies

I am proud to be editor of Psychologies, a magazine that champions, challenges and coaches us to think differently so we can solve our own problems and create a life that nourishes us. Author of Making The Big Leap and The Big Peace, Suzy believes that the secret to happiness is living life to the full right here, right now, committing to a few goals now and again and taking Oscar, the Psychologies dog for a walk round the field when it all gets a bit too much.