I think one of the hardest things for leaders to do today is to regularly pause and reflect. We are conditioned to go, go, go. To do, do, do. We view successful leadership as always making plans, meeting with people, and creating content. In our down time, we are trained to be on our phones or devices consuming more information or checking on emails or leaving comments or watching videos.
We are losing the art of being still, pondering and giving proper time to draw the right lessons from the well of our own lived experiences.
This December, as the year comes to a close, don’t miss the opportunity you have to simply reflect— to really look back on the year and honestly and hopefully assess and process the highs and the lows and everything in between. Slow down to examine and let the Holy Spirit help you learn the right lessons from life. This is how we grow, not just from reading more books and listening to more podcasts (and I’m all about those things), but also, your life is a book and now is a good time to skim back over this last chapter and ask God to highlight some things for you.
Here’s some questions to prompt a time of reflection for you as this year draws to a close:
- What did God reveal to me about Himself this past year?
- In what ways did I grow closer to Jesus? Or what obstacles kept me from abiding in Jesus at different points this year?
- In what ways did my character grow or mature this year?
- How did my marriage grow and evolve this year?
- What did I learn about my kids and parenting this year?
- Who are my closest friends right now and how did my friendships change this year?
- What brought me great joy this year?
- What did I excel at this year?
- What was the most challenging thing this year?
- What did I lose this year?
- What did I gain this year?
- What am I most proud of?
- What am I most disappointed by?
- How did I tend to my health this year?