6 questions to make the next months more awesome
August is nearly half-way through, and some people are starting to talk about fall. Not me, though. God, no. I don’t want to rush summer one bit, so please don’t mention the F-word around me. (And accept my apologies for already saying it.)
I am going to do something kind of awful though, and that is point out that there we are now well past the year’s halfway mark. There are less than 5 more months until January.
Yuck. Why on earth would I bring that up? Because doing a quick self check-in now can help make you make those remaining months as good as you want them to be.
This is the perfect time for a mini Q&A with yourself. It’s long after your new year’s resolutions have been broken (let’s be real), but it’s before any pressure that comes from the ‘back to school’ days, and well before you get on that sleigh ride to holiday stress-town.
Chances are you’ve also done some pretty cool stuff this year (and “life moves by pretty fast,” yada, yada) so it’s worth taking just a few tiny little moments to let that good stuff sink in.
Here are six simple but thought-provoking questions that could change what you do next.
To get the most out of these questions, write down your answers. Seriously. I know you’re just scanning this article but seriously - write them down. Put them in a journal or save them in a file on your computer, but whatever you do, keep them. This is so important to help your answers sink in, so you can remember them and review them later. That simple step will help you accomplish more, and feel even better when you look back on New Year’s and know that last year really was something special.
First, answer these questions about the previous months of 2014.
1. What is something you are proud to have done?
2. What is something really special that you experienced?
3. What is something you have learned that is important to you?
Next, answer these questions about the remaining months of 2014.
4. What is something that you would be proud to have done by the end of the year?
5. What is something new or special that you want to experience by the end of the year?
6. What else would you like to learn about during this year?
Now, be sure to give yourself a pat on the back for doing this exercise in the first place.
Remember, your answers don’t have to be big, mind-blowing, or better than the next person’s: they are yours.
You are writing another chapter in your story. You get to write it – no one else.