Some years we’re pleased with our progress, some years we’re not. This little reflective exercise will help you focus on what was good, so you can celebrate easily. These questions are meant to help guide you (and your friends) towards the positive and keep pity parties to a minimum.
Tony Robbins once said:
“Questions provide the key to unlocking our unlimited potential. Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.”
Here are 12 Questions I’ve found to be extremely empowering, and I know you will too.
1. What new resources did you discover this year?
Maybe you visited a few new states, countries or a absolutely adorable coffee shop you found downtown. You’ll find it helpful to reflect on all the marvelous places you’ve been this year. Exploring Miami was a blast, what was your favorite discovery in 2010?
2. What beautiful experiences did you share with family?
This year I had a family reunion for all the cousins in my family, I hadn’t seen some of them in decades, it was priceless! What was it for you, was there an addition to your family, a cancer survivor telling stories, a bonfire with the kids. Isn’t it fun to reminisce in these memories?
3. What lessons did you learn from your failures?
One of my favorites sayings is “There is no failure, only feedback.” This year has certainly had it bumps, but through all the falling, there should be deep lessons. What did you learn? What can you do to prevent it from happening again?
4. What were your favorite books you’ve read?
This wasn’t a huge year for me for new books, but rereading several and using some as resources for my blogs have been fun. I think I quoted Gary V and Louise Hays the most… which were your favorite reads?
5. What were you able to give?
Some years we give more time, others its financially, or free services we give out. I find myself foggy and slightly unsatisfied with my level of giving this year, I suppose we have to grow before we can give. Either way, focus in on the good, even if it seems small. What did you give out freely this year?
6. Who did I meet and add to my network?
With the power of facebook I’ve found myself with more ‘friends’ than I know what to do with. All this social media socializing really has given me a craving to get back to the basics, face to face connecting. I still love meeting people the good old fashion way, networking events, volunteering events and parties. Who are you grateful you’ve met?
7. What projects did you start/finish this year?
My year was full of beginnings, many new blogs were created, facebook groups, lists and a handful of client projects. I look forward in the next year for hitting milestones and wrapping up some other projects. What did you start? What were you able to finish?
8. What new recipes did you learn for healthy living?
One of my clients is a cancer survivor and is very passionate about health foods and optimal living. Through all of our conversations my recipe book has been given a new make over. I think the sole fact of adding cabbage to my diet was the best part, oh and all of the smoothie recipes. What about you, favorite new foods? New recipes?
9. How many referrals have you been able to give?
This may not seem like it applies to you, but every day, every product experience we have a chance to refer someone to try out this new thing. Something some entrepreneur has spent hours creating, branding and marketing. As a consumer, we have such a powerful voice now with social media. Speak up, share your favorite businesses with your connections. Whats been your favorite product to share?
10. How many referrals have I been able to receive?
If you’re not yet in business for yourself, or a sales position – I recommend giving it a shot. Tons of growth involved. Receiving referrals from a trusted contact is one of the most empowering things that can happen when you’re starting out. How many did you receive this year?
11. Who’s given you the most ‘warm fuzzies’ and how do you plan on saying thank you?
It seems to me as I look back over the years I could almost pick out a favorite person from the year. Think back and see if you can come up with one or two people who’ve made the last year memorable. Who was that person for you?
12. What risks did I take and what did I learn from them?
Someone once told me if you’re not growing, you’re dying and in order to grow we must push the limitations of our mind which often appears as risky. Taking calculated risks can bring huge rewards, or painful moments, either way, there are lessons to be learned. Focus on the feedback you got, what specifically did you learn?
That’s it… my top 12 questions for reflecting in 2010. Did I miss any? Would love to hear from you…. Cheers & be safe out there.