Why It’s Important To Reflect Over Thanksgiving Break


You need to take time this weekend to reflect.

Whether its on this past year, this past summer, or your life, you need to go somewhere alone and reflect.

Thanksgiving weekend is a great time to do this because work and school life generally slow down or pause. Many of you will spend time with your family and practice being thankful for the important things in life.

What is reflecting?

Often times, I read articles that tell me to “reflect on life” or “analyze my life”. It sounds good, but how do I do it? What do I think about? Do I think at all? Do I hike to the top of a mountain and meditate for hours? I don’t know.

I personally look at reflecting as a way to analyze what’s been working and what hasn’t been working over the last year. I also have an end goal in mind, meaning I’m reflecting so I can continue growing and set myself up to be more successful moving forward.

How do you reflect?

There are many ways to reflect, and what works for me may or may not work for you. But I will share how I reflect so It can give you an idea of where to start.

  • I look back on the year, and categorize key events and choices that had a profound impact on my life. Did I quit a job? Did I start a new job? Did I move somewhere? Did I end a relationship?
  • What led me to the good choices? To the bad choices? What was my thought process that led to a bad choice? Was it fear?
  • I read through my daily journal entries and look for trends in my thinking, habits, activities, etc. What worked? What didn’t work?
I then refine my goals to reflect the insights I find so moving into the new year I can really grow and excel.

I try and intertwine this idea of reflection with refining my goals going into the new year. I’ll write a post on this soon, but I think a lot of people don’t follow through with their new years resolutions or goals because they don’t put enough thought into them. I truly believe it all starts with reflecting.

Call to action

Take a couple of hours this week, go somewhere with minimal distractions, and reflect on 2017

  • Write down key events and choices you made in 2017
  • What worked? What didn’t work? Successes? Failures?
  • What do you want to accomplish in 2018? What will you do different starting now that will allow you to accomplish them?

Do you reflect? If so, how do you do it? Do you find it important? Please let me know in the comments below including what you liked (and didn’t like) about this piece!

Thank’s for reading & Happy Thanksgiving! :)