Ask Yourself. An Annual Ritual

posted January 17th, 2011 by Janet Graham - Leave a Comment

One of the coaches in my life sent me the questionnaire I have included below. She says with respect to completing the questionnaire:

 

“I invite you to explore your thoughts & consider making this an annual ritual to help you move forward in your life. To be clear, it’s NOT about making resolutions. It IS about being with your truth. Use this opportunity to reflect deeply on the past year & to set clear intentions for the coming year.

 

Here’s the great value I’ve found in doing this exercise…if you answer the questions intuitively & keep your responses short & concise, it will literally give you your own LANGUAGE of success for the coming year. I have also found that whatever I was willing to call my greatest failure in the past year (ie. face my truth about it), always ended up becoming my greatest success the following year (ie. where I would start putting my energy). For the record, I don’t label failure as a “bad” thing, only something I’m acknowledging didn’t get enough energy to begin manifesting. Remember, regrets are largely about what we DIDN’T attempt to do.

 

This is an optional exercise but I invite each of you to invest some time in your “bigger picture”. Without this kind of thinking, we’re at risk of living the same day 365 times, instead of living truly inspired & intentional lives every day of this coming year.”

 

COMPLETING THE PAST YEAR (2010)

 

What was your greatest success in this last year?

How did you celebrate it?

What did you learn about yourself from this success?

What was your greatest failure in this last year?

How did you acknowledge it?

What did you learn about yourself from this failure?

Overall – from the perspective of your whole life – what was this year all about for you?

 

BEGINNING A NEW YEAR (2011)

 

What is your biggest vision for this next year? (make sure it stretches you and gets your heart pumping)

Which of your core values does it honour?

Who will you need to become (the type of person) to successfully accomplish your vision?

What are the beliefs and behaviours you will learn to let go of to become that person?

What are the beliefs and behaviours you will learn to embrace to become that person?

What is one significant goal you intend to accomplish in the first month of this next year?

What – from the perspective of your whole life – do you want this next year to be all about for you?

 

ACTIONS

 

List the specific actions you will take to initiate your journey towards your vision.

List the specific support you will engage to help keep you connected and making the changes required to accomplish your vision.

 

I intend to complete the questionnaire. I completed it last year and I think there is great value in making this exercise or something like it an ritual. Otherwise, I believe I am more likely to be exposed to the risk of “living the same day 365 times, instead of living a truly inspired and intentional life every day of the coming year.”  This possibility frightens me more than almost any other!!

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