This is a great time of year for asking yourself questions that will help you design the life and results you really want. Questions are a really powerful tool to kick start things in new directions. I have put a few together here to get you started. So put some time aside and see what comes up when you ask yourself these questions:

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7 Essential Questions to Kick Start the New Year

achieve your goals, This is a great time of year for asking yourself questions that will help you design the life and results you really want.

Questions are a really powerful tool to kick start things in new directions.

I have put a few together here to get you started. So put some time aside and see what comes up when you ask yourself these questions:

7 Essential Questions to Kick Start the New Year

Apply these questions to all areas of your life:

1. Exactly what do you want to achieve over the next 12 months. What action will you take to make this happen?

2. What didn’t work well for you this year? Is it time to drop it or approach it differently?

3. What worked really well for you this year? How can you capitalise on that next year?

4. What do you need to learn to be able to achieve your goals? When and how will you do that?

5. What support and resources do you need to achieve your goals? What action will you take to put that in place?

6. What habits do you need to eradicate to be more effective? What new habits do you need to create?

7. What boundaries do you need to put in place, for yourself and others, to protect what is most important over the next 12 months?

Don’t be concerned if you don’t know the answers to these questions straight off. Just keep asking yourself the questions and start looking for steps you can take to start finding the answers.

Important reminder:

Change only happens when there is enough time, space and energy to take new action.

So if you are permanently drained of energy because you are running around like a headless chicken trying to do umpteen things every day, nothing will ever change. What will you do to create enough time, space and energy to regularly ask yourself questions that will help you design the life and results you really want?

What question would you add to this list? What suggestions do you have for creating a great kick start to the New Year?

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  • Hard to believe that we’re nearing the end of the year. You’ve provided a valuable list and reminder. I especially like your last idea that allotting time for reflection is important because it gives us “enough space to take new action”.

    My recent post: “Succeeding by Knowing When to Quit” http://www.rickrossbusinessblog.com/2010/12/succeeding_by_knowing_when_to_quit.html includes insights and reflections when I undertook this annual goal setting process last year.

    Thanks for the timely and helpful post.

  • Hi Rick
    The space thing is essential. Without it nothing will change. Reminds me of that saying “if you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always got”.

    I read that post you mentioned last week. Great points.

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  • Hi Ali,
    These are great questions and this is an activity that I have put aside some time for next week and over the break. Thank you for the question, I have emailed the post to me as a reminder 🙂

    The question that I would add is not really a separate question but more of an addition to your first. I would suggest that Q1 should be:
    What do you want to have achieved by the end of 2011 and why?
    as this will help (me) understand why I am pitching to do what I want to do and so understand my motivation a lot better.

    What do you think?

    Adrian

  • Hi Adrian
    I think your addition of “and why” to question one is an excellent suggestion. Keeping focussed on why we are doing something and if it is linked to our vision, goals and core vakues will help to minimise false starts, heading down the wrong path and wasting valuable time.

    Thanks for your comment. Great point.

  • these are great guidelines Ali – I’ve pinned them to remind myself of what to look at as far as measuring where I’ve been and where I’d like to go.

  • carla birnberg

    For me the additional piece to number six would be: what seemingly good habits do I need to shed to get to where I want to go in the next year? Just because something may be a positive habit overall does not mean it’s working for me.

  • Have fun experimenting with them Leanne.

  • Great point Carla. So important to review those things and challenge ourselves.