End of the Year Reflections

21.12.21 15:48:00 Comment(s) By ingamichaelsen

Harvest what you learned so you can intentionally move into the New Year

Working with my clients over this last year and teaching and practicing Mental Fitness has sharpened my awareness, how important Mental Fitness is in responding to challenges with more resiliency, creativity, curiosity, and clear-headed action. Without having those mental muscles, it is pretty easy these days to be caught in emotions that are pulling you down.

Take some time to reflect

Part of developing your Mental Fitness is pausing to reflect on our thought patterns, beliefs and actions to notice what is dragging us down and lifting us mentally.
When we reflect, we have an opportunity to activate our Sage brain by appreciating our experiences throughout the year. By taking the time to celebrate wins, accept losses, and consider if anything needs to be completed before turning the page to begin the New Year, we can harvest all we learned and consciously decide how to move forward.

So over the holidays, I encourage you to set aside some time to journal. Before doing so, set the stage. Maybe light a candle, turn on some music, do some PQ reps by focusing for a few minutes on the light, the sound, or your breath, to drop into the Sage state.

Celebrate your wins, breakthroughs and successes

  • What are you the proudest of this year, and why?

  • What were some of your favourite moments?

  • What are you most grateful for reflecting back on the year?

  • What were the most valuable resources you had?

Breakdowns, disappointments and losses

Reflect on your breakdowns, disappointments and losses. Be gentle with yourself while you do so. This is the time to bring out the Sage Empathy Power, not any of your Saboteurs.

  • What have you not done this year that you wish you had?
  • What got in the way of your success?
  • What disappointed or challenged you this past year?
  • What were some of the hardest moments last year?
  • What did you leave unfinished?
  • What mistakes are you still holding onto from the past year?
  • What would you do differently if you could?

Harvest what you learned

When you reflect on what was hard last year, it is easy to slip into feelings of self-doubt, shame, or regret. So take a few moments to do some PQ reps before moving into reflecting on all the lessons you have learned. 


Even if your year was filled with tough circumstances, chances are that you have learned and grown in a positive way and that there is much to be grateful for.

  • What was the single greatest lesson of this past year and what did it teach you about yourself?

  • What new qualities, skills, superpowers did you discover about yourself this past year?

  • What did you get absolutely clear on this year?

  • What relationship most supported your growth this past year?

  • What 3 words best describe this past year?

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