As we bring another year to completion, we have an opportunity to reflect upon all that occurred and consciously move into the New Year with clear intention and purpose.
Carmil Surritt’s coach, Stew Berman, shared questions for us to ponder and I wanted to share them with you as they gave us a moment to pause and really take in what happened in our lives this past year. What we celebrated, what we learned, how we grew, what we let go of and what we embraced.
Here they are. Enjoy them. Maybe share them with a friend. Let’s move into this New Year with clear awareness of what we would like to manifest as we appreciate all that happened the last 12 months.
WHAT WERE YOUR TOP FIVE MOMENTS OF THE YEAR?
No matter what awfulness went down on the worldwide stage, I hope that there are things you achieved or experienced that were uplifting, transformative, and expansive. What were they?
WHAT ARE YOU REALLY GLAD IS OVER ,IF ANYTHING?
It could be that toxic relationship, a stagnant job, a shitty living situation, or a frenemy showdown. We all have stuff that we’re oh so glad is now in the rear-vision mirror. What’s yours?
HOW ARE YOU DIFFERENT TODAY THAN YOU WERE 365 DAYS AGO?
What did your life look like a year ago? How did you act, stand, and talk, and how is it different to the you sitting here today? For me, this list is as long as my arm… And yet, there is always more to change, to strive towards, to become.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU ACHIEVED THAT YOU FORGOT TO CELEBRATE?
A lot of us are very guilty of this: rushing from moment to moment, without taking a moment to acknowledge how much we’ve done. The result? We end up exhausted. Take a minute to congratulate yourself for all that you accomplished this year.
WHAT IF ANYTHING HAVE YOU CHANGED YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON THIS YEAR?
Did you make a friend, have a conversation, or watch a documentary that changed how you see the world? Was it a shift that was a long time coming, or did it take you by surprise? Do you think it will guide your behavior in 2017?
WHO ARE THE PEOPLE THAT REALLY CAME THROUGH FOR YOU THIS YEAR?
Sometimes we’re surprised by the people that stand by us, and the ones who drift away. Let’s take some time to be thankful for those who stayed true, who gave us their attention, and loved us just as we are.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU TOLERATED FOR A LONG TIME, BUT NOW YOU WILL NOT MOVING INTO THE NEW YEAR?
Was there a straw that broke the camel’s back this year? What unacceptable behavior do you now draw the line at — both your own and other people’s?
WHAT OLD BELIEFS DID YOU LET GO OF?
Did you shed some old stories and opinions this year? Did you begin to see yourself in a different — hopefully more positive — way? What old B.S. did you finally throw in the trash?
WHAT WAS ONE THING THAT YOU FOUND REALLY CHALLENGING, BUT CAN NOW SEE SUPPORTED YOUR GROWTH?
Extra bonus points if you can find more than one example of this! What grueling experiences did you have that actually ended up helping you become a better, stronger, braver person?
IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU TELL YOURSELF THIS TIME LAST YEAR?
What words of love or wisdom would have helped you face 2016 with more dignity and grace? What advice would you have given yourself?
Get out a paper and pen and write away! Share anything that comes up for you that you didn’t expect. Your wins, your growth, your inspirations!
May you have a Happy and Peaceful and Prosperous New Year!