Looking back on the year that’s just passed and leaving behind the regrettable as I carry forward the best parts of myself are two ways I like to approach the New Year. To help myself (and you) frame 2018, here is a countdown from 10 of introspective questions I’ve asked myself and quotes that inspire me to live my best life in the months ahead:
- New Beginnings – What new beginnings may be happening in my life right now? What may be ending as this is happening? How do I celebrate one while letting go of the other?
“Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.” – Alan Cohen
- New Possibilities – Where in my life do I see what might be if only I took steps in its direction? Where do I confuse the impossible with the improbable?
“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. – Gloria Steinem
- New Plans – What obstacles to success have I faced? What would I try if I knew I couldn’t fail? Given all the time in the world, how would I choose to spend it?
“The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.” – Ben Stein
- New Purpose – What are my priorities at the moment? Are they aligned with my core values?
“The purpose of human life is to show compassion and the will to help others” – Albert Schweitzer
- New Experiences – What do I need more of in my life? What makes me come alive? When did I last feel it?
“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” – Paulo Coelho
- New Opportunities – How often do I leave my comfort zone? Do I look for opportunities in every situation or do issues on the surface of a situation block me?
“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill
- New Growth – What lessons did I learn last year? What did I accomplish that makes me proud? What are three areas of my life in which I’d like to improve?
“When we are no longer able to change a situation we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Viktor E Frankl
- (Re)New Faith – What am I most grateful for (or blessed by)? What areas of my life do I need to entrust to God? When do I feel most distant from God? Is it possible for me to believe in God without believing in myself?
“I have not lost faith in God. I have moments of anger and protest. Sometimes I’ve been closer to Him for that reason. – Elie Wiesel
- New Peace – When I look deep within myself do I experience peace or inner conflict? Where do I feel discomfort? What is it trying to tell me? Am I unknowingly nurturing grievances that keep me from peace of mind?
“Love and peace of mind do protect us. They allow us to overcome the problems that life hands us. They teach us to survive, to live now, to have the courage to confront each day.” – Bernie Siegal
O1. New Wisdom – What would I say to myself if I spoke my own truth? What would I hear if my soul was given voice?
“Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing oneself” – Leo Tolstoy