2016 in Retrospect

We’ve dreamt of being the ideal standard for others and do things that inspire people. This is the main ingredient in one’s recipe of ‘success you want to brew’. Most of us have a habit of planning things (if you are among the ones who don’t, then my dear, you need to start right now – it’s never too late). But the question we need to ask ourselves is – Do we execute our plan?

A plan not executed remains a fantasy. We all have our own fantasies but to turn them into reality, two things are required- action and that too in the right direction.

As Nelson Mandela has rightly said

“Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely day dreaming , but vision with action can change the world.”

So, at the end of every year, we need to ask ourselves how much did we achieve of what we planned? Did we grow? Were we able to meet the benchmarks we set for ourselves? Are we even one step closer to our dream?

So here are few questions you need to ask yourself at the end of the year!

  • Did you do something to be closer to your aim that you have already set?
    All of us have aims but do we take it seriously enough to work for it? We’re all aware of the freedom one has at BITS but we should also never forget that “with great freedom, comes greater responsibility”. Most of the times we stray from our path. It is not that we don’t know what we want to achieve, we are just lost amidst the 0% attendance, our friends, the fests or in the way between CP to our hostels (not literally :P).
  • Did you learn something from your experience?
    “Why do we fall? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.”
    Making mistakes is a part of being human, isn’t it? We all make them, but mistakes should not be seen in a negative perspective, we need to learn something from them. We need to find out what made us make that mistake and avoid that in future.
  • Did you have friends when you needed them?
    As most of you know, being selfish isn’t always a bad part, but not knowing where to stop is! If you find yourself alone at the time of need, then what purpose does having friends solve?
  • Did you support your friend when they needed you?
    As you sow, so shall you reap! You should try to support your friends, what’s a life if you don’t have a reason to fight for?
  • Did something leave you heart-broken?
    We’re no strangers to this feeling, am I right? I can almost hear you say, “Here’s something we can connect to!”. That is not only about the relationships which made you sad, it is about all those people who left you, who weren’t up to your expectations.
  • Did someone change your views about something somehow?
    We are known to have a fixed mindset and opinion about things. And these years of growth teach us that some things are indeed not what they seem like. We owe it to those people for expanding the identity that we define for ourselves.
  • Did you regret something you did this year?
    Regrets are the worst form of torture. The hardest part is accepting that the mistake is fully yours. You can’t shift the blame to someone else, you can’t blame something else. There is only you, standing tall, all alone. You know you have messed up! And you can’t change that! So, don’t regret it, my friend. It will waste your time. On the flip side, if you had hurt a person, apologize. Believe me! It is the simplest and consequently the most effective way out.
  • Did you appreciate people who helped you?
    Appreciating people seems like such a trivial thing. But if you want to lead, you need to be grateful. This is how you earn respect. But bagging respect isn’t the sole reason. By thanking people sincerely you make them feel great and at same time you will also feel better.
  • Did you exercise?
    It’s a shame that the only reason we don’t use the gym facilities is because we don’t get our lazy selves out of bed. Even though there are a plethora of ways to stay fit and top of the game, the first muscle we need to tame is the mind.
    Make your mind up that you will put an end to the sedentary lifestyle you were you used to.
  • Did you explore something out of league?
    This is the most important thing you need to do. If your answer is yes, then congratulations. Neuroplasticity – the phenomena of increasing neurons can only be achieved when you always perform task that challenge your brain!
    I am sure you don’t want to be the old grandpa who doesn’t remember things who sways in that swaying chair near the fireplace!


These ten questions were meant to kindle the fire in you which will be the source for motivation and inspiration in the future.

If you feel that your fire is on the wane just remember this for a nice boost.

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”

– Shubhi Jain



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