At the beginning of every new year, I set intentions. What helps me to better define these is to reflect on all that I accomplished, failed, healed, and let go of in the prior year.
I shared this questionnaire several years ago. Let it guide you on your way to a powerful and joyous 2022!
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Answer the questions quickly and honestly. What first comes to mind is often the best. Useful tips are shared to help you move along.
As you reflect on the past year, you’ll gain wisdom to guide you in the new year. Are you ready? Here goes!
The Year in Review
2. What was your greatest achievement?
This may have been a goal that was on your list. It may have to do with your career, your family and friends, or yourself. You may have run your first 5K race, graduated from school, made it to the team, or signed on a new client. Or, you may have finally taken those braces off, or gotten engaged, or watched your child walk across a stage.
3. What was your most difficult challenge?
Whether at work, at home or school something stands out. What was this challenge and how did you manage it? How did it effect your life?
4. Who was the most influential person in your life this year? How did they inspire you?
5. What was the most fun experience you had? Remember the day and time, whom you were with, where you were, what you were doing, and even what you were wearing!
6. What skill did you develop? Whether old or new. This could be drawing, skiing, singing, beading, hiking, baking, speaking, driving, writing.
7. What wisdom did you gain? Often in our pursuit of goals, we attain insights along the way. You may have learned a shorter route to the same goal. Or you may have found that the true goal was in the pursuit!
Obstacles offer us insights into our very own nature. How we respond to them speaks loudly. It is much easier to notice the difficulties surrounding a situation. Self reflection is where the core lesson is held.
8. If you had a chance to do it over again, what would you have done differently?
This is the opportunity we all wish we could have! Allow a few circumstances to arise. It may have been an exchange with a coworker or family member. Or it could have been a financial investment. Or a pitch to a prospective client. Or a new haircut!
9. What was your favorite season and why?
Everyone knows their favorite season, don’t they? Does it stay consistent? Has yours changed? What makes your favorite season so wonderful? Imagine you are in that season now and breathe it in. Feel the sensation it offers. Excitement, relaxation, freedom, joy.
10. What was your favorite look or style?
Did you have a new wardrobe? A new color palate? Did you try something new? Did you find yourself pulling out an old fav from the bottom of your drawer? What about the texture? What did you like about it? How did it make you feel? How did it make you look?
The New Year Ahead
11. What are you excited about?
You may have a fully packed calendar or a wide open one. What gets you excited about it? Is it the summer camp or winter visit? Will you see someone you haven’t seen in a long time? Or will you be getting that new car you’ve been saving up for?
12. What are your top 5 goals?
These may change. Pick what comes first to mind. Place them in order of priority. And send them a blessing that they will all manifest in perfect accordance.
13. What skill will you either learn or strengthen?
This could be the same one as last year or something entirely new. You may pull out a dusty guitar, a fishing pole, a sewing kit, a camera, a foreign language, a deck of cards or a bowling ball.
14. Who would you like to meet?
You may know the person’s identity or simply the personality traits of the kind of person you’d like to know. Where might you meet them?
15. What character flaw would you like to change about your self?
I know you are absolutely perfect exactly as you are, so you may need to really think about this one. It may refer to an inclination to judge or to offer your opinion overzealously. It may be self criticism or an excessive sugar craving.
16. What healthy habit would you like to start?
I love this one! How about trying a yoga class? Or meditation? Or a course in mindfulness? Walking, exercising, eating organic. These are all great ideas to consider, and I can help you!
17. What would you like to avoid?
This may be an unhealthy habit like eating potato chips from a bag while sitting on the sofa watching TV. Sound familiar? Or a toxic environment where you don’t feel comfortable. Or a person who does not treat you with respect.
18. What are you grateful for this moment?
19. How will you let your light shine?
You are as bright as can be. This year, allow your self to shine even brighter. Surround yourself with positive people in a supportive environment.
20. What pledge will you make to your self?
You are only responsible for yourself. Although you may feel like you’re responsible for others you are only responsible to them. How will you take care of yourself? What promise will you make to support, love & cherish your body, mind & spirit?
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
Alana writes her monthly column 'Mind, Body, Spirt' for RochesterWomanOnline focusing on the balance of all 3 in a creative manner, filled with inspiration.