For me, 2017 was a fantastic year in many ways. It was in the name of doing new things, being courageous, and stepping far away from my comfort zone. Both mentally and physically.

But it was also challenging year as there have been intense planetary energies affecting our lives. One of the essential energetic phenomena has been rethinking what is important for us.

What does reflect our inner truth and what needs to go?

I know that many of us have felt this at a very personal level. Our lives have been falling apart thanks to the planetary energies. Especially those areas that don’t reflect what we believe deeply inside. Everything false has to go.

Thus this year may have been very challenging for many people. Yet we can always take the lessons and use challenges as opportunities to grow.

One of the best way to imaginary close 2017 and get ready for the new year is to review what has been working and what not.

I have 8 questions for you that you can reflect upon in your journal. There really are powerful, and it creates a different vibe to step into the new year with strong foundation and clarity.

8 questions to review 2017 & set goals for 2018

1. What have I achieved?

Now is the time to reflect on your wins. Write down what you have achieved regarding outer success but also a inner success.

Don’t be modest here. Paradoxically, this question is difficult for many of us. Often we connect achievement to finances and recognition from others.

But in this exercise, you’re the one who decides what success means to you. It’s only you who knows how much you’ve changed.

2. What kind of person did I have to become to achieve this?

This is a compelling question as it shows you who you had to become to achieve that which you’re proud of.

I want you to write your answers down and then close your eyes and feel into your energy at the moment you made a breakthrough.

Remember how the energy feels as you can always tap into it again.

3. Which goals did you not achieve?

Maybe you’ve changed your goals, and that’s alright. But perhaps there was something that you were postponing far too long, and it is still in your mind.

There is a difference between the goals that we decide not to pursue because we realize that we actually don’t want them and they don’t make sense now.

But then there is this other group of goals and dreams that we want so much, but we never begin. So what these are for you?

4. What has stopped you? 

Why haven’t you achieved what you (secretly) wanted?

Now, is the moment of truth. Look deep within yourself and think why haven’t you achieved what you’ve wanted?

Often, it’s fear and our limiting beliefs that we’re good enough and that we couldn’t follow through anyway. So we don’t even try.

Yet, admitting this to yourself is the first step to conquer your fears. You have to face them ultimately, so you understand what holds power over you.

5. What are my 5 top goals for 2018?

I want you to stretch yourself a bit and not choose only what is possible and easy to achieve but also something that makes you go out of your comfort zone.

Maybe you can choose to do something that your heart has been asking you for a long – like travel, study a new language, learn to dive.

Have at least one goal for 2018 that makes your heart sing. This is essential because that one hobby or life area has the power to infuse the rest of your life with joy and excitement.

6. How will you feel at the end of 2018 after you’ve achieved your goals?

Close your eyes and imagine how will you feel when you’ve achieved your goals. Feel that moment when you’re sitting with friends or family and thinking back how many amazing things you’ve accomplished.

7. Who do you have to become in order to achieve your goals?

What kind of person do you have to become?

Which version of you can achieve your goals and vision?

Again, feel that energy fully and remember it. If you can, and you feel inspired enough record a message on your phone for your future self to remind you what kind of person you need to be.

You can listen to it when you don’t feel inspired, and it will give you strength.

8. What would need to happen, so I stay on track?

Think about what you need, so you feel supported while achieving your goals. Maybe you need a new morning routine to stay on track. Or support of a friend.

Then ask yourself if there is something that needs to change in your life so you can become the best version of yourself.

I hope that these questions have brought you clarity and inspired you!

If you want more guidance

You can download a FREE guide with 7 questions to help you How to Find Your Life Purpose. 

You can also watch my TEDx talk on How to Find Your life Purpose. 

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  • Sylvia Salow

    Life Coach, Public Speaker, Author. TEDx Talk:

    Sylvia Salow is a life coach, international public speaker, and author. Her mission is to help people step into their potential by guiding them to release their limiting beliefs that keep them from the life they desire. In her work, she guides people to rewire their mindset, clear up the energy blueprints of limiting patterns, and reconnect them with their inner guidance. You can also watch her TEDx Talk on "How to Feel and Find Your Life Purpose." Download a FREE guide to help you find your life purpose. Or join a weekly newsletter to receive new articles and inspiration, as well as, free past monthly challenges. Read more at her website: or get inspired by her two books.