5 questions to set you up for an amazing year
Happy new year!
Whether you're feeling slightly panicked about another year flying by, or energised and excited about the year ahead, here is a simple but powerful way to help you make the most of this new year.
It consists of five questions for you to reflect or journal on.
This will enable you to wrap up and tie a bow around last year (especially if you didn't have a chance to do this in the end-of-year flurry), and start this year with awareness and intention.
You could do it during a coffee break, make space during an afternoon or an evening, or even over several days if that works better for you. The questions could also serve as prompts for an engaging and meaningful conversation with friends or family.
However you choose to use them - I suggest letting go of any expectations, being honest with yourself, and enjoying the process!
1. From the last year, what are you most proud of ?
We’re often so busy striving and achieving that we don’t stop to celebrate how far we’re come. Regularly pausing to appreciate your accomplishments and the progress you're making will help keep you motivated and enable you to enjoy the journey.
2. What are the most important lessons you are taking from last year?
They might be lessons related to your career, business, relationships, health and wellbeing, or any other area of your life.
From all your discoveries or insights last year, identify the most important ones you truly want to embrace, absorb and carry forward in the way you see and do things. It’s worthwhile explicitly acknowledging and articulating those lessons to help them stick.
Even if you had painful experiences last year that you don’t want to relive again, with the benefit of hindsight you may now be able to step back and look at them from a different perspective. Take what's most valuable and leave the rest behind.
3. How do you want to feel this year?
This is your chance to declare what you want more of in your life. Get to the heart of the matter and try to articulate the specific feeling or emotion that embodies success or happiness for you, or identify a feeling you'd like to experience more frequently this year. It could be: joy, grateful, creative, flow, ease, daring, free, centred...or something else entirely!
Imagine how your life would be different if you felt this way more often.
What actions - big or small - can you take to bring more of this feeling into your life this year?
4. Where in your life do you over-complicate things?
Answering this question will help you reduce uncertainty, doubt and energy-draining decisions.
If you're not sure where to start, here are some additional questions you can explore:
- What do you already know, deep down, but are afraid to admit to yourself?
- Where are you driven by fear instead of love?
- Where do you over-think or over-rationalise rather than acknowledge the wisdom of your intuition? Where do you turn outward for advice instead of trusting yourself?
- Where in your life could you do ‘less but better’, focusing on what’s most essential? Where might less (work, time, perfection, etc.) be enough?
5. What is it time to let go of?
Choose to spend your energy on the things that matter most to you.
Identify what you're tolerating at the moment, or what you find draining.
You could start with the commitments, obligations or items on your to-do list that are no longer aligned with who you are today, how you want to live your life, or where you want to go. As you grow, give yourself permission for your life to evolve and reflect the change too.
What stories are you telling yourself or expectations are you placing on yourself that might no longer be true, or don't help you be the person you want to be? Are you willing to let them go?
I'd love to hear how you go with these questions. Which one was most powerful for you? Leave a comment to let me know, and enable others to learn from your experiences too.