Now that this is the last quarter of the year, it's important to take stock of what has been and what's to come. A few minutes of reflection won't be enough, though. We suggest that you find a quiet corner at home where you can spend some alone time uninterrupted. Bring a pen and paper or just your trusty tablet to help you make your personal notes, then go through these seven questions you need to ask yourself before the year ends.
1 What did you do to make 2015 more spectacular?
Think back to the start of the year. Did you join a particular class to hone your skills or book trips anywhere in the world? Did you try to make new friends by always being the first to make conversation? List down all of your efforts to make this year better to remind yourself that you have the power to make a positive difference in your life. Consider it a validation of sorts that you;re on the right path.
2 Who were the people who helped make it possible?
Whether it was your classmate who convinced you to take those language classes or a family member who helped you get discounted flight tickets, remember to say thank you. Tell them exactly how they helped you make 2015 amazing because people want to be appreciated.
3 What made you feel your worst?
Sure, your boyfriend dumped you for another woman, but didn't that breakup help you become closer to friends and family? Didn't it also teach you to stand up for yourself and see through layers and layers of lies? While you can't go back and change what happened, you can at least learn something from your experiences. Don't dwell on the negative; focus on the positive opportunities that came out of them. And remember, what doesn't kill you will only make you stronger.
4 What are you most thankful for this year?
Despite any setbacks in your life, you still have to keep your head up. Start a gratitude list and enumerate as many beautiful and wonderful blessings you've had this year. Did you get to meet a new friend who became one of your best friends? Did you meet a new crush? The more energy you spend thinking about the good in your life, the more you'll attract it.
5 What are your goals for 2016?
Having reviewed the ups and downs of the past months, you're now in a better position to set new goals or build up on what you've been able to start. If your last goal were to get As on your report cards, for example, next year you can strive to start eating healthier. Or if you had made it your resolution to travel more locally, next year, it could be to get to Australia or New Zealand. Level up your goals, so you can continue to grow.
6 Who are the people who can help make those goals happen?
Don't think that asking someone to help you with your goals would make them any less of an achievement. Whether it's by giving advice, emotional support, or even financial help, having a little help won't displace your own efforts. Just as there were people who helped you make 2015 spectacular so are there those who can help you meet your 2016 goals. Match the person with the objective, so you can be proactive about following your dreams.
7 What is the one thing you can do right now to improve yourself?
While the end of the year is often the best time to think about how you can change yourself for the better, that doesn't mean you have to wait until next year to implement any of them. Right here, right now, is there anything you can do to give yourself a boost? Will sitting up straighter improve your posture? Do it. Will saying hello to an old friend help mend the rift between the two of you? Do it. Don't wait until something life-changing happens to you before you act. Do what you can now to live your best life.
This article originally appeared on FemaleNetwork.com. Minor edits have been done by the Candymag.com editors.
How has your 2015 been, Candy Girls? Let's talk in the comments! :)