9 Questions You Should Be Asking Yourself About 2020

11 December 2020

2020 has been one strange year. Whilst many may be looking forward to seeing the back of it, for obvious reasons, there have been ups and downs just like any other year too.

It is true, sadly, that the downsides to this year may outweigh the ups for many people. However, at the same time, a lot of people have seen opportunities presented, which may not have arisen if the pandemic hadn’t decided to interject.

For example, many of us were able to reassess our work-life balance. It could have brought you closer to family members or allowed the use of time, usually spent commuting, to learn how to play that guitar you’ve had under the bed for years.

We have put together some pertinent questions, which we think could really help you to reflect well on the year 2020 and bring the positives out, no matter how deep you think they may be hidden.

Remember, it’s not the passage of years but the moments of reflection that help you build your perspective in life.

As John Dewey said, ‘’We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience’’.

Unfortunately, most people do not really think about these questions and merely roll over into the next year. Hopefully it allows you to move into 2021 with positivity and perspective!

Top 9 questions for you to reflect on with a mindset to learn and grow:

Personal and/or Work Reflections:

1. What went well this year?

Whether in your personal life or your professional life, there will have been something that went well this year, no matter how big or small. Maybe you reconnected with someone from your past or learnt a new skill at work. It doesn’t have to have been a life changing event to find a positive from it.

2. Did I achieve my main goals for the year?

Setting goals helps us create a sense of direction and purpose in life. They don’t have to be huge targets, even something as small as cooking a home cooked meal once a week. But did you achieve them in amongst the chaos of this year? It’s no big issue if you didn’t quite meet your goals, it just gives you something further to aim for in 2021.

3. If I didn’t achieve something I wanted, why not?

Other than the obvious changes to the world this year, there may be other personal reasons you were unable to achieve your goals. Perhaps your time was taken up homeschooling, or your mental health took a knock. Consider how these issues may stay in place moving into 2021 and come up with a plan to take action so that goals can become more achievable.

4. What was the most important decision I took this year?

Sometimes we make decisions without fully considering just how important their outcomes have been. Perhaps you decided to reduce your working hours to spend more time with family, or perhaps you decided on a change in job role. Whatever it was, now is the time to reflect on just how important that decision was.

5. What was the biggest motivation in my life this year?

The challenges of the pandemic brought to light the true meaning of mortality this year and left many people being motivated by health. But was this the same for you? It has been the toughest year to get through so what kept you positive and strong?

6. What was my best quality this year?

We find ourselves in the toughest time, so what has it been you have noticed most about yourself. Perhaps you have realised you’re stronger than you thought, less selfless or even just more emotional.

7. What was the best piece of advice I got or book I read this year?

Has there been a particular quote or saying that has stuck in your mind, something that got you through your darkest days or even a good book that helped you pass the time. Whatever it is, remember the positivity you felt in that moment.

8. What gave me the greatest sense of achievement this year?

Whether big or small, what made a difference to you this year and made you feel a sense of achievement. For some it may be hitting that 10k run, for others, it may simply have been getting up and showering. Whatever it is – Feel proud, it’s personal to you.

9. What am I most focused on right now?

Here’s the big one. As we enter into the new year, it’s important to not only reflect on where you have been but where you want to go. Set new goals and do what you can to achieve them.

Of course, you could easily relate any of these questions to other areas of your life, it just helps to have a frame of mind to begin with.

For example, what was the most important decision you took this year in relation to work? And did you achieve your main personal goals this year?

Please do get in touch if you would like to share your reflections, it would be great to hear about your year.

After thinking through some of these questions, I hope you can look back at 2020 and smile.


Too many professionals wait for it to ‘feel right’ before they start chasing their goals in earnest. Here’s the reality; there will always be an excuse to start another day. One day you just have to make the decision to get started.

There’s no better time to begin building your dreams than now. If you’d like to have a free, no obligation call to discuss how we can help you get started in 2021, feel free to get in touch.

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