A Year Ending Means A New Year’s Beginning

The end of the year typically finds us setting resolutions and gearing up for new and wonderful events to come. And I have a question for you as we stand ankle-deep into this new year:

How are those resolutions working for you?

If you are like millions of other folks, the emotional drive and enthusiasm around your resolutions could be wearing thin. If this scenario fits, here’s a way to generate more sustainable results.

Instead of having a set of resolutions, complete your energy around last year with this activity. Then, once a month review the list of questions and make notes about how you might answer the same questions at the end of this new year.

Completing and Remembering The Previous Year

What was your biggest triumph this past year?

New YearWhat was the smartest decision you made this past year?

What one word best sums up and describes this past years experiences?

What was the greatest lesson you learned in the past year?

What was the most loving service you performed this past year?

What is your biggest piece of unfinished business in this past year?

What are you most happy about completing this past year?

Who were the three people that had the greatest impact on your life this past year?

What was the biggest risk you took this past year?

What was the biggest surprise this past year?

What important relationship improved the most in the past year?

What compliment would you liked to have received this past year?

What compliment would you liked to have given in the past year?

What else do you need to do or say to be complete with the results of the past year?

Creating A (Bad Ass) New Year

What would you like to be your greatest triumph in the coming year?

What advice would you like to give yourself this coming year?

What is the major effort you are planning to improve your financial results in the coming year?

What would you be most happy about completing this new year?

What major indulgence are you willing to experience this coming year?

What would you like to change about yourself in the coming year?

What are you looking forward to learning this new year?

What do you think will be your greatest risk in this coming year?

What are you most committed to changing about your work and improving during this  year?

What is one undeveloped talent you are willing to explore in the coming year?

What brings you the most joy and how are you going to do or have more of that in your life this year?

Who or what, other than yourself, are you most committed to loving and serving this new year?

What one word would you like to have as your theme in the new year?
Borrowed from Robin Blanc Mascari

Instead of setting resolutions, take a humorous approach to archiving the major events that occur to you during this year. Then when the year wraps up, take your archives and build your own movie review of these events. You can see an example of MSN’s year in review.

If something like this appeals to you, just head out to www.jibjab.com and find the “year in review” templates awaiting your creative genius.

Finally, another idea to enhance your experiences during the start to this new year, is to trade out the practice of having resolutions, to the practice of having a theme. How simple would that be? Pick a theme and allow it to guide your actions, decisions, and goals.