We are already in mid-January. How many of you are still holding your resolutions? How many of you have already given up what you promised yourselfto do? The main reason why most people do not reach their goals is that they simply have no meaning. To find out what is really important to us, we need to ask ourselves the right questions. For this year to be filled with great achievements, we must first ask ourselves the right questions. This is the purpose of this article. What questions will help you understand the real reasons behind your goals / resolutions.

This article was inspired by the work of Lisa Martin and Brené Brown.

What are the right questions?

I receive Brené Browns newsletter, and the beginning of the year edition really touched me. The e-mail was titled “A Braver 2017”. What do you want to get from 2017? Instead of breaking your head to make a list of meaningless resolutions, I invite you to answer the following questions:

  1. What do I want more of in my life?
  2. How do I let go of what’s no longer serving me?
  3. What will make me feel more alive? More brave?
  4. At the end of every day and at the end of every year, I need to know that I contributed more than I criticized. How have I contributed and what will that look like moving forward?

I always remember this quote from Jim Rohn : “If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.”

What’s your theme for 2017?

Lisa Martin develops leaders across Canada and the United States for nearly 20 years. Her writings and lectures have had a definite influence on my career and have allowed me to make difficult but beneficial decisions.

Having an annual theme works to connect all of your intentions into a single word or phrase. – Lisa Martin

In my opinion, your theme should fit on a post-it. A simple reminder on your desktop that refreshes your memory about your “Why”. Only you will know the meaning!

If you cannot find a theme for you this year, here are some questions that can help you:

  1. What do I desire for my leadership and life in 2017?
  2. Which of my strengths will I tap into to achieve what matters most to me?
  3. What will I need to let go of to achieve what I truly desire?
  4. How will I foster my personal and professional well-being (think mind, body, spirit)?
  5. How will I make each day in 2017 count?

My theme for 2017 will be prosperity (For my students, my clients and myself)

Two different visions that come together

Brené and Lisa constantly speak of gratitude as a daily practice. Both share that the right questions lead to the right choices. Your intention will determine what you will accomplish, what your priorities will be.

I would like to end with this quote about family, but we can easily replace the word family for business, or community:

There is no single effort more radical in its potential for saving the world than a transformation of the way we raise our children. – Marianne Williamson

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