Ready for journey? Here's a gentle way to move forward to the future…

Happy New Year
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Moving forward in the new year is many people’s ambition, and some may not know how to begin. Here are some simple questions for you to consider that may lead to new path.

This is an introspective exercise so have paper and pencil ready (or iPad, or live scribe pen, whatever you use for notetaking).

What’s important is that as you consider each question, use your memory in a good light, your imagination fused with boundless optimistic opportunity, your values in check and your principles clear.  Ready?

  1. Describe the journey that brought you to where you are now.
  2. What do you love, what ignites your best energies?
  3. When you have faced significant new challenges, what helped you to cope with them?
  4. What are the hard truths you are going to face going forward?
  5. What in your life is ending?  What is dying off?  What is struggling to be born?
  6. If this past year was designed for you to learn, what might it have been trying to teach you?
  7. In order for you to be successful, what do you need to let go of, and what do you need to learn?  What capabilities do you need to develop?
  8. 9 – 12 months from now, what criteria will you use to assess whether you are successful?
  9. What important question comes up for you as a theme to use into your forward journey?

Not bad, eh?  Profound insights and new plans can be made by using this simple approach offered by the Presencing Institute.  The above nine questions are adapted from their script for holding a dialogue. For further information and additional tools, see