As the year comes to an end, it is a good practice to reflect on our experiences through the year. We can do this by asking three simple questions. It is more effective if you can find a quiet place and write down the answers in a journal.
The first question to ask is what made us happy in 2019? List all the things which made you smile. These are the things you want to hold on and keep doing in 2020.
The second question is what caused us pain in 2019? The things which caused you pain represent opportunities for improvement and growth. Try to understand why you felt pain. Were things under your control? Is there something you didn’t anticipate? Did you properly consult?
The last question is what can we do differently in 2020? Decide today what you want change in 2020 and commit to doing it. That is how people progress. They reflect on their circumstances and things that are preventing them from achieving their goals. They make changes and implement them and they keep moving forward.
For further reading check out the book called Principles by Ray Dalio. This is one of the best books I read this year.