Want to make 2019 your best year yet?
Here’s seven questions to ask yourself to get started.
7 best questions to ask yourself this new year
1. How do I find my “77% sure” and move forward?
For years in my twenties, I think much of my angst came because I was subconsciously searching for that perfect path to my future.
Then I realized — the search for perfect is the perfect way to be perfectly miserable.
There is no perfect job. No perfect partner. No perfect friend. No perfect time. No perfect family. No perfect church. No perfect neighborhood. No perfect answer. No perfect path.
Drowning in options is a terrible way to die. Do it big. Do it small. Just do something. – 101 Questions You Need to Ask in Your Twenties (and Thirties)
Find your 77% sure. Make a choice to make a choice. Then move forward. It won’t be perfect. And that’s a good thing.
2. Who inspires me the most?
If you’re struggling to find your passion, purpose, or top values, then ask yourself — who inspires you?
It could be a historical figure, someone you know personally, someone who you follow closely, or even a fictional character. What specifically about them inspires you?
We’re all inspired by different people because part of their story speaks specifically to yours.
3. Do I create or do I complain more?
We can consume more or we can create.
We can criticize more or we can create.
Create more. Complain less. Repeat.
4. What are my problems and personal pain revealing to me about my purpose?
Often times our greatest passions are found in our greatest pain. It’s not sexy, but it’s true.
Knowing what breaks your heart can clarify what makes you feel whole.
Your dream is not dead. Your struggles aren’t a distraction from your calling; sometimes your struggles are the pathway to it.
5. How do I stop “infotainment” from slapping me in the face every five seconds and taking my lunch money?
We are overwhelmed with Way. Too. Much. Information!
Most of it served on a glittering platter of “infotainment” — the illusion of needed info that only exists to get you to click and read more.
This year, practice the art of shutting out the unnecessary noise. It’s all a bunch of distractions trying to keep you from doing your work.
6. Am I putting myself in places to meet new people and start “relationshipping” more?”
You’ll only make as much progress this year as the relationships you’re investing in.
I break down the skill, importance, and best places to do “relationshipping” more in my book 101 Questions You Need to Ask in Your Twenties and Thirties, but basically you don’t have to be a master at networking to make new substantial relationships this year. No, actually quite the opposite.
7. What’s the best that can happen?
Maybe it’s time for a new question.
Instead of the worst that can happen, what’s the best?
If you choose to make a choice, and move forward. If you start creating solutions more and ignore those who only complain about the problems.
If you become inspired by those who have done great things, instead of being engulfed by Obsessive Comparison Disorder on social media.
What’s the best that can happen?
What lives will you impact?
What progress will you make?
What new things will you learn?
How much will you grow this year?
What legacy will you start to build for your family?
What’s the best that can happen? I have an inkling that the best we can even imagine, doesn’t even come close to the amazing that’s in store.
This post is largely taken from my newest book 101 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself in Your Twenties and Thirties. If you’re looking for a guide to jumpstart your new year, I believe this book can help.
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Thanks everyone! Here’s to more amazing than we can imagine in 2019.