57 New Year Reflection Questions For The Best Year Yet

Another year is in the books and it’s time to reflect on how far you’ve come, and what you’d like to create in the future. The new year is the perfect time to set intentions for growth, expansion, and renewal. Today I’m sharing my favorite new year reflection questions and prompts to shine a light on areas of your life that matter most.

Typical New Year’s resolutions can be motivational at first, but sometimes they put too much pressure on you to perform. Anything that leads to guilt or shame isn’t healthy for you, my friend! 

So this year, I invite you to take a fresh approach by setting intentions for upgrades in a different way. Instead of actionable targets, shift your focus toward how you want to feel in the new year.

This is a much more powerful approach to new year reflection, because it leaves the door wide open for The Universe to swoop in and deliver upgrades you never saw coming!

A brand new cycle of your life is about to begin, and this reflection time will get you in touch with what matters to you most. I hope the new year reflection questions below help to guide you through this very sacred self-care ritual.

Why Reflect on the New Year?

There is great value in taking time to reflect as you enter the new year, for a couple of reasons:

New year reflection highlights your accomplishments. When you’re in the daily grind, it’s all too easy to lose sight of how far you’ve come. I bet a lot of things have gone right for you that have been totally overshadowed by the disappointments! This is human nature, which is why it’s important to document your wins.

Reflection helps you reprioritize. Competing priorities can interfere with the goals you set for yourself. New year reflection helps you recognize where you’ve gone off track.  

New year’s reflection is a time to come back to YOU, to contemplate your vision for the future and how to bring it to life. After all, it’s really hard to measure your success if you don’t have a plan!

New Year Reflection Questions: Inward Focus

This first set of questions focus on your inner world: your self-image, emotions, and spiritual practice. When you feel good about yourself and your life, magical things happen in every area of your life! So the really is the best place to start when you’re manifesting new year upgrades.

  • What did I learn about myself this year? 
  • What would I like to leave behind? 
  • How have I grown this past year? 
  • What would I like to carry into the new year? 
  • What emotions do I want to experience this year?
  • What do I want to see more of going forward? 
  • Have my priorities shifted over the past 12 months? 
  • How can I better nurture myself, body, mind, and spirit? 
  • What makes me the happiest at this point in my life? 
  • What’s the best upgrade I received this year?
  • Where do I have an opportunity to be more authentic?
  • How can I better honor my true nature?
  • What are some of my proudest accomplishments this year? 
  • Do I have any limiting beliefs that I need to retire? 
  • What am I most excited about for the future?
  • If I could have any wish come true this year, what would it be? 
  • How can I create more time for self-care in my schedule? 
  • How can I practice more gratitude this year?
  •  Where would I like to be this time next year? 
  • In what ways can I be kinder to myself this year?
  • What would I do if money were no object? 
  • How can I be more adventurous this year? 
  • What inspires me most when I think about a fresh, new start?
  • How can I invite more love into my life? 
  • Are there any new self-care practices I’d like to try? 
  • How can I better connect with my higher self? 
  • How can I share more of my authentic self with the world?
  • What lessons did I learn from my challenges this year?
  • Where do I need healing and how can I nurture myself in those areas?
  • If I could pick just one word to capture my theme for the new year, what would it be? 
  • How can I create more joy in my life?
  • In what ways can I show myself more loving kindness?
  • How can I deepen my spiritual practice this year?
  • How can I become a better vibrational match to my desires?
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New Year Reflection Questions: Outward Focus

This next series of reflection questions focuses on your actionable goals, and your relationships with others.

  • How can I ensure I commit to my goals?
  • Are there any new career goals I’d like to set?
  • What does my ideal work-life balance look like?
  • What are my financial goals for this year?
  • How can I set myself up for financial success?
  • How can I better connect with my loved ones?
  • If I could go back one year in time, what advice or guidance would I give myself? 
  • How can I make my future-self proud?
  • Can I give myself permission to step out of my comfort zone more? How?
  • Which skills, hobbies, or interests do I want to explore in the new year? 
  • How will I express my appreciation for my favorite people?
  • Would I like to expand my social circle or family this year?
  • What new projects would I like to take on? 
  • What actions would make me proud of myself? 
  • What are some fun things I can do to be healthier?
  • How can I show up as a better partner, friend, sibling, caretaker? 
  • What are my career aspirations? 
  • What action steps can I take toward my dreams this year? 
  • How can I better care for my body? 
  • Am I doing things out of obligation that I need to let go?
  • Are my relationships a reflection of my best self?
  • How can I create more adventure and fun in my life?
  • Do I need to assert myself more? If so, how can I practice?
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More Tools for Personal Reflection This NYE

Do you keep a manifesting journal? It’s a great place to write down the answers to your new year’s reflection questions.

You can learn how to start one here: How To Start A Manifestation Journal

Also, New Year’s isn’t the only time for self-reflection! Check out some of these questions to keep yourself on track throughout the year:

Best Daily Questions To Ask Yourself for Self Growth

101 Powerful Journal Prompts for Self Growth + Exploration


I hope these new year’s prompts help you to feel appreciation for the beauty in your life and inspire you for what’s to come. Which question caught your attention most?

I’d love to hear about your self-care rituals for the new year – leave me a comment below!

Happy new year to you! 🥳

XO, Andrea

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Andrea Scalisi

Andrea has been practicing Astrology, Numerology, and Tarot for many years. She is a certified Aromatherapist and Reiki Master in Central NY, and also holds a Masters Degree from Syracuse University. Andrea loves helping her readers bring more spiritual self-care into their lives.

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