Now we are approaching the end of the year, and it’s the perfect time to reflect how we have done in the past year. We can then take some lessons for the new year. One good way to reflect, I believe, is using four facets of prosperity:
- Material prosperity
- Spiritual prosperity
- Physical prosperity
- Social prosperity
These four facets give us a complete and balanced view of prosperity. By reflecting on them, you will get a complete view of how your life as a whole progressed in the past year.
To help you reflect, I’d share some questions you can ask yourself for each facet. By giving honest answers to them, you will be able to see whether or not you have progressed the way you wanted in each facet. For the questions to which your answer is no, you can also ask why to find out the reason behind it. For example, take this question:
Did you achieve the desired net worth?
If your answer is no, you can then ask:
The answer might be because you didn’t save enough, or there were unexpected expenses you weren’t prepared for. You can use such answers to better prepare yourself for the coming year.
So, here are 20 questions to help you reflect the past year:
1. Material prosperity
- Did you achieve your desired net worth?
- Did you achieve your desired income level?
- Have you built the habit of spending less than you earn?
- Have you been able to eliminate debt?
- Have you built the habit of saving?
- Have your career progressed as you wanted to?
- Have you reduced your spending on some unnecessary expenses?
2. Spiritual prosperity
- Have you found your life mission?
- Did you feel fulfilled?
- Could you honestly say that you are happy?
- Have you built the necessary habits for spiritual growth? The habits here depend on your belief. They could be meditating or reading sacred texts, for example.
3. Physical prosperity
- Have you built the habit of exercising?
- Have you built the habit of consuming nutritious food?
- Have you had good rest?
- Did you feel physically fit in doing your daily work?
4. Social prosperity
- Has your relationship with your spouse been as good as you wanted to?
- Has your relationship with your family been as good as you wanted to?
- Has your relationship with your friends been as good as you wanted to?
- Did you make a lot of new friends?
- Did you get to know people from more diverse backgrounds?
While the questions listed here are not comprehensive, at least they can give some ideas about how your progress is. Besides, you will be able to see which facet requires the most attention. Since you should maintain the balance of all facets, the facets you lack most are the ones that you should pay more attention to.
The questions can also help you identify the specific actions you should take for each facet. For example:
- If your answer to the question Have you built the habit of exercising? is no, then you should focus on building the exercise habit.
- If your answer to the question Did you get to know people from more diverse backgrounds? is no, then you should focus on knowing people from different worlds.
- If your answer to the question Have you found your life mission? is no, then you should focus on finding your life mission.
You can then prioritize the actions based on what will make the most impact on your life. All these, I believe, will help you set your goals for the new year. Your objective should be to have good and balanced progress in all four facets.
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