Several years ago I attended an event focused on goal setting. 

One of the most meaningful exercises I participated in was the “Year in Review.”  

I hadn't went through this exercise before as I'm usually forward thinking and don't often like to look back. But looking back, just for a moment, can help you get more focused on your goals moving forward. Now this is important, don't stay too long in the past. It is easy to go down rabbit holes and get caught up in disappointments and what might have been. So dig into these questions, and then move forward!

Okay, let's begin!

Grab a mug filled with your favorite warm drink, snag a pen and paper (this might be the same paper/journal you used for noodling) and find a quiet place to work.

Look back over the year 2021 and answer these questions. 

  1. What are the three best things that happened in 2021?
  2. What is your fondest memory of 2021?
  3. What are two "not so hot" moments in 2021? (I want you to write them down, and if you are struggling with something that happened in 2021, make a goal to move forward in 2022. 2021 is in the past. Focus on the present and your future!)
  4. What are three goals you accomplished in 2021?
  5. What is a goal I missed in 2021. (Maybe jot down why you missed these goals.)
  6. What is the greatest lesson I learned from my “not so hot” moment and/or missed goals?
  7. Who were the three most influential people in my life in 2021 (note if they are good influences or bad)?
  8. What is one thing would you do differently in 2021?
  9. What one word best describes your year in review?

I hope you found this exercise helpful. I look forward to serving you in 2022.


Stephanie L. Jones

Inspirational Speaker and Award-Winning Author of "The Giving Challenge: 40 Days to a More Generous Life" and “The Gratitude Challenge: 41 Days to a Happier, Healthier, & More Content Life”

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