Happy New Year 2018! Goodbye, 2017!

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A new year is always a great time to take stock of what happened last year and plan ahead for the year to come.

In fact, a few weeks ago I looked at the 17 Things I Learned In 2017 and in May, I summed up all the lessons I’ve learned during these last 31 turns around the sun. Birthdays and new years are always great times to look back at life and the lessons.

How To Grow From The Things You Learned In 2017

All that reflecting is great though, only if I’m going to do something about it.

If you’re going to take a look at the year that has passed, you need to make sure you not only learn the lessons but take them on board so you can have a better 2018.

Here are some questions to help you make the most of the lessons of 2017 to have your best year ever!

  1. Did I grow in 2017? In which areas? Professionally? With my partner? In singleness? Through a breakup? With my education? Better health? Greater fitness? Better friendships? More volunteering? Greater community involvement? Better education?
  2. What did I learn in all these areas? Was the growth painful? Did the growth come out of good or bad experiences?
  3. Where didn’t I grow in 2017? Why? Is it because I was already fine there? Because I was being pushed in other areas? Or because I deliberately chose not to grow there?
  4. What was I afraid of this year? What scared me? Did I do it anyway? If I did, was it worth it? If I didn’t, should I have?

I found those to be good questions to start the process of reflection. Write down your answers and think them through. See what they teach you.

And throughout the entire process, remember to be kind to yourself.

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