Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A New Decade Begins - Questions to Ponder

Its 2010, the start of a new decade. Now is a perfect time to make changes and move forward. Before we jump forward into something new, it usually helps to look back.

Here are some positive focused questions to think about. Think of each of the questions in terms of the last ten years and your experiences.

Decade Reflection Questions

What worked over the last ten years?

What are you most happy about having achieved, managed or maintained?

What were some of the best conversations you had?

What were some of the best books you read?

What were some of the best movies, plays or museum or art exhibits you experienced?

What new things or skills did you learn?

Who did you enjoy meeting, being with and spending time with?

Where were you most environmentally comfortable?

Bonus Questions - How did your senses experience the last decade?

Evaluating the Answers

When we look back we can sometimes glean patterns, or glimmers of thing that excite us. When we know what makes us want to get up and fully enjoy the day we can start shaping our lives to have more of this excitement. By reviewing your Decade Questions you may be able to move forward with a clearer sense of what will work for you and help you thrive in the next decade.

1 comment:

Fred said...

Terry proposes a great exercise that we should use BEFORE making New Years resolutions; i.e., review our "Old Year experiences" first. This is not a trivial exercise by any means that can be done hurriedly or in a perfunctory manner. It's best to reflect on the questions for several minutes to let fuller responses usher forth. The question that stumped me the most was "What new skills or things did you learn?" When you're almost 60 or older, answers are not so readily apparent as when you are finishing school, etc. But I realized after several minutes that I've learned much from my own inner wisdom and voice, plus I've learned from unlikely quarters like taking care of elderly parents, psychic phenomena, and herbs to counteract many aches and pains. (Aches and pains also came to mind for the sensory experience, though I think an increased appreciation for health, spiritual faith and little things like beauty in Nature come to the forefront as valuable sensory experiences as well). Overall, Terry proposes a great exercise here, as in reality we must have constructive continuity with our past in order to look forward positively to the future.