If you are satisfied with what you see as you look back on 2019, and if you are pleased with your current trajectory, congrats, this post is not for you. Seriously…you’re good, you’re already killin’ it, so…move along…
But, if you look back over this past year and shake your head, frown, and cuss more than you smile and laugh, and if you want better, desire the best out of the new year, quiet your mind, open your heart, stoke your imagination and answer these seven simple questions. There’s no need to rush, so take your time and give it some expansive mental exploration, some deep thought, and answer as truly and as wholeheartedly as you can. If you do, your answers just might surprise you, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll gain the insight and clarity you need to conquer 2020.
1. What do I want?
For most of us, within the core of our heart and soul, we know what we want, whether fully, or on an unspoken intuitive level, but we are for whatever reason reluctant to fully verbalize it. If that’s you, feel the fear and write out everything that you want still. Don’t censor yourself; everything, whether physical stuff, or non-physical things, or experiences, whether inane or poignant, write it all down.
2. Who do I want to be this time next year?
Note, this is not asking what job or title you want to have, or what new role(s) you want to fill next year. No, by December 2020, what do you want your inner landscape, the true-you to be?
Yes, why? As you’ve probably heard before, knowing your why, your reason for choosing a new path, is vital, and it could mean the difference between pressing on or giving up when the road gets tough. Name, know, and understand your why.
4. What do I need to give up?
Think in terms of attitudes, actions, and unhelpful / unhealthful patterns. Just pick the one that will have the greatest impact.
5. What do I need to take on?
Think in terms of attitudes, actions, and helpful / unhealthful patterns that you need to adopt. Again, don’t go crazy and try to take on ten new positive habits; start with one.
6. In what area(s) of my life do I need to stop holding back?
“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” (2 Corinthians 9:6) When we hold back, the rewards will be few, or none. So, where do you need to go all-in?
7. What am I willing to sacrifice for my greatest good?
Very few things in life that are truly valuable and meaningful are free. Everything has a price. What price are you willing to pay for bringing out the good, the better, the best in you?
When you’ve answered these questions once, answer them again, and keep answering them until you hit bedrock and can go no further. At this point, if not before, you’ll begin to gain an amazing clarity that will light the path ahead and go a long way toward helping you conquer the new year!
Here’s to a year of thriving!
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