We all lead busy lives, and it’s so easy to transition into a new year without ever really looking back on the trials and tribulations, the celebrations, and the lessons of the previous year. But looking back affords us the opportunity to examine the previous year at a bit of a distance and perhaps gain some clarity on the events in our lives.

But just reflecting on what happened in the previous year doesn’t set us up

for a thoughtful conscious new year. We also need to look forward and create an image of what we wish our new year to look like. Doing so can help launch us into the new year with more awareness and purpose.

Completing 2021

Now as we look in the rearview mirror at 2021, especially a year that has had so many challenges like 2021, we often just want to forget about the whole year and move into the new one. But even in the most challenging of times, we have many things we can celebrate as well as lessons we can take forward with us into 2022.

Take some time to consider and then write down your answers to the following questions. Just thinking about them allows you to skim the surface, while recording your answers on paper or on the computer invites a deep dive.

  1. What’s the best thing that happened to you in 2021?
  2. Which one of your successes or accomplishments in 2021 was most meaningful to you? Why?
  3. What did you do to nurture your spirit in 2021?
  4. What was the biggest risk you took in 2021? How did it turn out?
  5. What was your greatest learning in 2021? How have you applied it?
  6. What was your most significant contribution in 2021?
  7. If you could do one thing over from 2021, what would it be? What would you have done differently?
  8. What is your biggest piece of unfinished business in 2021? What do you need to do to finish it?

Creating 2022

Time and again the advent of a new year means making resolutions for the year, and for so many of us, those resolutions are broken in the first couple of weeks, or even in the first couple of days. Often picturing what you want and considering the changes you need to make to get there can be much more effective than creating soon-to-be-broken resolutions.

As with the questions for completing 2021, recording your thoughts and answe


rs to the following questions will assist you in creating a vision, an intention, for 2022.

  1. What is one thing that you absolutely want to be different in 2022?
  2. What excuse or story would you like to let go of in 2022?
  3. What are you currently tolerating that if you addressed it would free up time and energy? What will happen if you let it go in 2022?
  4. What is one thing you can do to get out of your own way in 2022?
  5. What do you wish you hadn’t given up on that you would like to pursue again in 2022?
  6. If the life you are living were really a friend’s life, what advice would you give to your friend?
  7. What would you like to give yourself permission to do in 2022?
  8. How can you adjust your physical environment to support yourself more fully in 2022?
  9. What is one thing that you could implement in 2022 that would support you the most?
  10. What words or phrase would you like to have as your theme in 2022?

Now write or print your word or phrase for the year and post it in an prominent location to remind yourself of what you want to create!