I wish you all a very Happy New Year and a wonderful 2009!
May this be the year of your dreams!
John Noe once said “A person does not get old until regrets take the place of dreams.”
Are you young or old? Are your dreams vivid, alive and brilliant? Or is you life anchored in the past? 2008 is gone and 2009 is just getting started. This is a wonderful time to let go of the past and focus on your dreams for the future. Some of the most powerful and useful advice that I have found comes from Ralph Waldo Emerson, who said: “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
This message includes a set of “New Year’s Questions to help you complete 2008 and begin 2009. I encourage you to spend 15 or 20 minutes doing this exercise.
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New Year’s Questions
I picked these questions up at a wonderful workshop I attended a few years ago and found them very useful.
Before beginning a new year in full force, it can be supportive to complete and acknowledge the previous year. I hope that spending a few minutes with the following questions will help you complete 2008 and start 2009 on a strong note!
Completing and Remembering 2008
- What was your biggest triumph in 2008?
- What was the smartest decision you made in 2008?
- What one word best sums up and describes your 2008 experience?
- What was the greatest lesson you learned in 2008?
- What was the most loving service you performed in 2008?
- What is your biggest piece of unfinished business in 2008?
- What are you most happy about completing in 2008?
- Who were the three people that had the greatest impact on your life in 2008?
- What was the biggest risk you took in 2008?
- What was the biggest surprise in 2008?
- What important relationship improved the most in 2008?
- What compliment would you liked to have received in 2008?
- What compliment would you liked to have given in 2008?
- What else do you need to do or say to be complete with 2008?
- How will you acknowledge those who most impacted your life last year?
- What would you like to be your biggest triumph in 2009?
- What advice would you like to give yourself in 2009?
- What is the major effort you are planning to improve your financial results in 2009?
- What would you be most happy about completing in 2009?
- What major indulgence are you willing to experience in 2009?
- What would you most like to change about yourself in 2009?
- What are you looking forward to learning in 2009?
- What do you think your biggest risk will be in 2009?
- What about your work are you most committed to changing and improving in 2009?
- What is one as yet undeveloped talent you are willing to explore in 2009?
- What brings you the most joy and how are you going to do or have more of that in 2009?
- Who or what, other than yourself, are you most committed to loving and serving in 2009?
- What one word would you like to have as your theme in 2009?