The end of the 2010’s is quickly approaching, and the 2020’s are right around the corner. Last week, we published a blog post that provided three journaling prompts to help you reflect on your past decade of life and the lessons, experience, and accomplishments you gained in the past ten years. Hopefully you were able to take a few of those prompts and apply them to your journaling process, and get some effective self-reflection that helped you prepare for the new year. 

But there are plenty of more ways you can approach your journal process to achieve effective self-reflection as you look towards the new year, and here at Accepting Therapy in Chicago, we would love to use our counseling experience to share as many of those ways as possible. Journaling is a great way to organize a large amount of overwhelming thoughts. We hope you had a chance to try some of the journal prompts from the first blog post, and hopefully you are ready to continue this self-reflection with a few more prompts!

  1. Write a letter to yourself to open next decade: If you attempted some of the journaling prompts we offered in part 1 of our blog series, you might have found some difficulties with actually remembering what happened to you a decade ago. One way to avoid that for the next decade of self-reflection is to write a letter to your future self. Now that you have spent some time reflecting on your past experiences, you can channel that new inspiration by writing a letter to your future self to open at the beginning of the next decade. Include some things you learned about yourself, hopes for the future and anything else that inspired you during this process. Not only will that limit the guesswork you have to about yourself from 10 years ago, but it will provide a great introspection into your current mindset, so future you can do a better job recognizing your experiences and progress.
  2. Goals for the next ten years: We rarely take the time to stop and think about our achievements and accomplishments (unless a clever blog from Accepting Therapy reminds us to); often we forget to acknowledge them at all, whether in the moment or afterwards. Hopefully these introspection exercises and self-reflection journal prompts have given you a better basis to acknowledge, and appreciate your strengths and achievements. This is a great basis you can use to organize your goals for the next 10 years, and conceptualize where you want to be and the things you want to do in the next 10 years.  Journal about the changes you would like to see and the things you want to achieve, and what it will take to meet these goals.
  3. Express gratitude for the people who have helped and inspired you: As much as the self- reflection journal process will require thoughts about your own actions and experiences, an important factor that you can’t forget are the people and relationships in your life that have helped you to get where you are today. Think about the people who have influenced you over the last ten years and what they did to support you, and express gratitude for them in your journal. Write about how they have impacted your life and the reasons you are grateful for them. People come in and out of our lives so quickly, and we might forget to appreciate the really good people and relationships that meaningfully contribute to our lives; this a helpful way to remind yourself of how many people have made a difference in your life over the last ten years.

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We hope these exercises help you close the chapter of this decade and begin the new one with a positive mindset and a restored sense of self and purpose. Our team of counselors at Accepting Therapy in Chicago have years of experience providing quality counseling services and are dedicated to helping people, whether it’s individual therapy, couples therapy, or just some simple advice on effective self-reflection like this blog series does. Give us a call today and see how Accepting Therapy can start helping you.