As we approach the New Year, it’s a good time to turn inward and do some reflecting on what this past year has brought and what the promise of the New Year — 2015 — is to be.  Here are some questions for doing some thinking (and writing) about.

  1. What are your disappointments and incompletions?

Let’s go ahead and acknowledge what these items are.  Then it will be easier to decide what you want to do with them in the upcoming year.

  1. What are your completions and your accomplishments in ’14?

Please, don’t skimp on these.  The “little stuff” counts!  No modesty allowed.  Let’s validate any and all accomplishments, both personal and professional.  Look through your organizer, your task completion list, etc. to remind you. It’s amazing how easy it is for all of us to minimize or even forget the good stuff. Let’s focus on all the positives.     It’s uplifting — and we can capitalize on the principle “you attract more of what you put  your attention on.”

  1. What have you learned about yourself and life? What insights have you gained?

True insights have the transformational capability of shifting us into a new, more alive place!  As we are blessed with insights, it is important to nurture and deepen these new understandings.  That means we need to integrate them into our lives as fully as possible by following through with actions that reflect our new awareness.  Insight without action loses value.

  1. What are you grateful for?

This list might include some of the above and anything else that you truly appreciate about yourself.  Check the different areas of your life, e.g. work, finances, friends and family, romantic relationships, health. There’s a basic principle — whatever you appreciate and give thanks for will increase in your life.  It’s another variation of the principle I mentioned in #3.  Perhaps the most challenging form of gratitude is the ability to be thankful for our lessons.  Seek out the answer to the question, “What is this experience teaching me?” and honor with gratitude the gift it brings.

  1. How about a celebration in honor of your 2014 accomplishments?

What would be a fun, special thing to do?  Reflect on what that would be and then plan it!

  1. What is your theme for the New Year, 2015?

This isn’t about your resolutions or specific goals with “do by” dates.  This is your vision or dream for the upcoming year–it’s something you feel attracted to, something that would naturally pull you forward.  Examples would be: Year of Listening to My Intuition, Year of Exploration, Year of Expansion, Year of Deepening My Spirituality, Year of Seizing Opportunities; you get the idea.  What do you feel energy and excitement around?  What engages your imagination and feels compelling?

  1. Now that you’ve named your theme, write down any commitments, directions, or goals that are “calling” to you as you move into 2015. What you want here are choices that are in natural alignment with your theme.  Try not to force these commitments or goals.  They need to feel intuitively right.  There’s a natural timing for everything.