20 Questions to Help You Reflect the Past Year

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The new year will be here only in a few days, so it’s the perfect time to reflect on 2016. I’ve always used the winter break to recalibrate my life. I invite you to join in me a deep and thorough reflection process to finish strong.

A year end review is a great exercise to live intentionally. It’s a way to slow down, do a postmortem on the highs and lows of our life. Most importantly, you get to see yourself from a 30,000 ft level. You get to see the intricate design God has placed in your life.

The following are twenty questions every leader should journal as you conduct your annual review.

1. What activities made you lose track of time?

2. What do you deserve a pat on the back for?

3. Which area(s) did you thrive in the wheel of life?

4. Which areas did you struggle in the wheel of life?

5. If someone wrote a book about your life this past year, what kind of genre would it be? A comedy, love story, drama, film or something else?

6. Where and how did God work in your life this past year?

7. If you had to describe your 2016 in 3 words, what would they be?

8. What was your most common mental state this year (e.g. excited, curious, stressed)?

9. What was the three books that has the greatest influence this past year?

10. What was your favorite place that you visited in 2016?

11. What was your single biggest time waster this past year?

12. What was the best way you used your time this past year?

13. What, or who, are you most thankful for?

14. What advice would you give your early-2016 self if you could?

15. What one thing would you do differently and why?

16. What did you think about more than anything else?

17. What topics did you most enjoy learning about?

18. How did your overall outlook on life evolve?

19. What was your favorite compliment that you received this year?

20. What was the most important lesson you learned in 2016?What do you deserve a pat on the back for?

Take time to mull over these questions. Write your answers down. Find opportunities where you can share your learnings.

Questions: What has been your greatest “a-ha” moment for 2016?


  • Naropa

    Favorite question: Where did God work in your life this year? I have no idea to begin how to answer that.

  • Now you’ve given me something to be busy about before the year ends. 🙂 I love these questions. They’re good brain exercise and way to reflect.

  • Karin Knutson

    Timely, Poignant, Encouraging – Paul, your posts throughout the year have exemplified these words and today’s list is no exception! Thank you for your diligence of stimulating the world to love and good deeds – an extraordinary life!!!

  • DS

    That my wife and I don’t have to feel alone – we have many supporters and friends, even if it doesn’t always feel that way.

  • David Mike

    That people who know what you need to know are willing to help you, so ask!

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  • Karen Duggan

    Such great questions, Paul. Thank you! Now I know what to focus on in my journal tonight and tomorrow.

  • Lynn Hare

    #7) Describe 2016 in 3 words: “Build an ark.” (Insert sound of Black and Decker table saw & drill here.)
    I love this post. Outstanding questions.

  • Charles S Areson

    Very Good.
    Do you mind if I list these in my church bulletin (with your name) for my first 2017 service?