The “lull” between Christmas and New Year always seems to be either the continuing mad rush to do, do, do, or a time to go, “Oh crap, can I get my Sh*t together before the year ends?” Of course, for some, it’s simply one day at a time—they don’t really give a damn that the year is ending and that a new one is beginning.
Alas, like sheep following one another, the “R” word comes up—Resolutions—and in the revelry of the New Year, we follow one another into making goals and going for resolutions, both of which rarely get done . . . unless you’re a come hell or high water, you will achieve, achieve, achieve because that’s just how you roll.
Sounds like a lot of busy, stress-inducing, make-yourself-sweat energy, for no reason other than this is what we are supposed to do every time the calendar flips for December 31 to January 1. Or, should we break the status quo, bust a bold move, and truly live life on your own terms, by doing something completely different…
Ask empowering, thought-provoking questions to close the old year, and start the new one!
Gasp, what a concept! So without beating around the bush, and to get you on task before the ball drops in Times Square…
12 Questions to close out the old year and bring in the new year with kick-ass intentions
1. What lesson did you learn this past year that most impacted your life?
2. What’s something that scared the crap out of you that you survived this year, and what did that experience teach you about yourself?
3. Who do you most want to thank for being in your life this past year and why?
4. How well did you let yourself be yourself this past year?
5. What was the most outrageous thing you did this year, and how can you top it next year?
6. If you were granted 3 wishes for the coming year what would they be?
7. What do you not want to regret at the end of 2019?
8. If you were given a do-over for 2018, what would you do over and why?
9. When did you feel you most on track in 2018 and what was different?
10. If you were given the opportunity to give up something with no negative ramifications, what would you give up in 2019?
11. What do you have to give yourself permission to do this coming year?
12. What three words will be your guides for the coming year? Words that will be your non-negotiables for the year ahead.
Are you exhausted just reading these questions? If so, good! That means you’ve got some good work to do, rather than spouting off in a drunken champagne stupor, “My New Year’s resolution is to never again spout off in a drunken champagne stupor!”
These questions, and maybe some of your own that you will feel compelled to add to the list, are not the easy-peasy resolutions that we throw out there for resolution’s sake. No, no, no. We’re delving deeper and looking for substance.
After all, anything worth looking at, and working for has substance, including starting the New Year with solid intentions, that blossomed from digging deep into our truth where vulnerability looks us in the eye and asks, “Are you serious or you just going to jerk yourself around this year?”
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