A BIG hello to you!
How is December treating you so far?
Are you swelling with joy and hope for the upcoming year?
Do you have high expectations and goals for all that you wish to accomplish in 2017?
Or, are you hesitant to set goals due to getting your hopes up year after year, only to come to the end of each year and realize that much hasn't changed?
Well, no matter which category you find yourself in, I truly believe that with just a small amount of effort + intentional planning- you can change the direction of your life- and see radical change by this time next year.
I believe that in order to create lasting change in your life, you must first take some time to evaluate where you've been, where you are, and where you would like to go.
Journaling, in my opinion, is one of the most effective ways to do just that. When you take some time to empty your thoughts in an organized way, you gain more clarity around what's going on inside of you. You know the things that you may keep bottled up? You may be saying, "I hear you Tiff, but where do I start?"
Well I hear you!
I would like to offer you twelve journaling prompts and questions that will help you write your way to a successful new year. I hope that you will take some time to really reflect on these questions in order to take inventory of the current year.
12 Journal Prompts to help you reflect on the current year:
What do you need to do to be the person you desire to be? (Don't over think it, just write whatever comes to mind.)
What has to change (both internally & externally) for you to create lasting change in your life?
What new habits do you need to implement to make 2017 different from 2016? Even if this year was great, how can you make the next one even better?
What do you already have in your possession that you can use to help you reach your goals?
What is unfinished? What have you started on that you've yet to complete? Why haven't you completed it? Do you have a pattern of not completing what you've started? If yes, how will you change that?
What worked in 2016 that you need to continue to do more of?
What didn't work in 2016 that you can tweak, or maybe let go of?
What are your core values that you want to live by each and every day? How can you incorporate these values into your plans for the new year?
***note: It is a good idea to have a set of personal AND professional core values. If you would like a copy of my values exercise that I use with my coaching clients, leave a comment below, and I'll gladly send you a copy.
Who are you becoming? Do you like him/her? Why or why not?
What is your proudest moment from this year?
What are you least proud of? Why?
What do you want to focus on in 2017? Once you determine your focal points, create a list (based on what you choose) on how you will achieve this in the New Year.
**For instance, instead of setting a resolution for the new year- I've decided to set a theme for several key areas of my life. One of my themes is fun (which is also one of my core values). So once I choose my theme, I will make a list of ways to incorporate that theme into the new year.
These are just a few questions to get you started. Feel free to add to this list. The goal here is to reflect on the progress you've made over the past year, and to start planning your focal points for the upcoming year.
My prayer is for these questions to prompt you to write from your heart and help you gain more awareness of where you're headed. I would love to hear about your time spent journaling. Did you have any revelations or "aha" moments? Can you think of any other thought provoking questions you'd like to share? I can't wait to hear!
Until next time my friends,