Resolutions and goals… oh the love-hate.
We are hard enough on ourselves February through December… so adding another list of “to do’s” sounds pretty exhausting.
That said, there is something about the new year that creates a renewed sense of motivation worth taking advantage of. So instead of writing down the same list of “goals” you’ve had the last 5 years (that will likely become more guilt than inspiration by Feb 1) – here is a new list of questions to consider which may help you get to the root of what you REALLY want. A way to look for momentum and meaning by focusing less on the “what”, and more on the “how”.
It’s a helpful little exercise on getting unstuck and empowered to make the changes you want, not ones you feel like you “should”.
1. What bucket are you feeling stuck in?
Is it a role at work, a label you have put on yourself, maybe a relationship?
2. How is this “bucket” not aligned with who you are?
What is it about that bucket that doesn’t sit right, that drains your energy, makes you not feel like “you”? Why is this hard? What pisses you off about this?
3. What does your gut say about it?
Did you know, that we are the only species on this planet that does not listen to our instincts? What is your intuition telling you?
4. What are options for you to take a BABY step away from this bucket, towards something that is exciting and creates a physical sensation inside when you think about it?
5. What scares you about that baby step?
What is the absolute worst thing that could happen? What about the best thing?
6. How would you handle the worst-case scenario?
How have you gotten through tough times in the past?
7. If your friend were in your position, what would you tell them?
Sometimes its hard to take our own advice.
8. What resources do you have to take this step?
List 10, don’t stop till you have 10.
9. Who can you have coffee with to explore this option?
Schedule it, right now. Email, text – whatever.
10. Lastly, what was your favorite adventure this year?
Could this new option create a new adventure for you?
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