The 15 questions that will give You Perspective, Peace and a sense of Possibility in 2015

Nearly 50% of Americans will welcome in 2015 having made resolutions about how they will do more or less of something; quit or start something.  The usual suspects among the most common resolutions:  lose weight, get organized, and enjoy life to the fullest share the same challenge as any new goal — the goal maker has to believe they can achieve it.

Whether you think you can, or think you can’t…you’re right. (Henry Ford)

Being reflective is a natural starting point when preparing for the potential and possibilities of a new year.  An honest assessment of how you see yourself now will enable you to expand your vision of what you’d like to do, be and have in 2015.  To this end, I offer 15 questions that will help you put 2014 in the proper perspective, make peace with where you are right now, and prepare for the 2015 you want to live.

While you cannot change the past, your thoughts and feelings about it can inform what you carry forward into the New Year.   These questions empower you to take from 2014 the best learnings, the things you are most grateful for and a positive foundation on which to build.  In 2014,

  1. What or who had the biggest positive impact on your life?
  2. What or who are you most thankful for?
  3. What was the most important lesson you learned?
  4. What was your biggest a-ha moment or breakthrough?
  5. Which of your personal qualities turned out to be the most helpful?

The next step in gaining the clarity needed to create effective goals is to make peace with where you assess yourself to be right now.  Making peace requires accepting what is.    In responding to this next set of questions, take a non-judgmental stance and simply speak the facts of your current situation, don’t label it “good” or “bad” or quantify it as “success” or “failure”.   Making peace with what is allows you the freedom to move on, move forward.

  1. What is the “elephant” in your life that you need to acknowledge as what it is?
  2. What do you need to accept about yourself or your current situation?
  3. What single situation do you need to finally decide to either change or change your view of it?
  4. Is forgiveness to yourself and/or someone else long overdue?
  5. In response to what self-esteem drainer do you need to tell yourself you are doing the best you can right now?

Nothing expands possibilities like unleased imagination. (William Arthur Ward)

Our possibilities are limited only by our imaginations.  A new year is an invitation to dream and imagine what can be and then intentionally aspire to make it your reality.  The following questions are intended to ignite your creativity and to encourage you to think in terms of “what if”.  Embrace a no regrets zone and tackle these questions with excitement and unleased imagination.

  1. What is your top goal for 2015?
  2. What do you want your everyday life to look like?
  3. What do you want to see, discover, explore, and/or create?
  4. Which talent, skill or gift do you want to develop or strengthen?
  5. How will you fill in the blank, 2015 was the year I finally __________________________?

Happy New Year!

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