Questions are the answer |

Questions are the answer

Machen MacDonald
Special to The Union

Happy 2014! How was your 2013? As we transition into the new year, I am reminded of a quote by the management guru Peter Drucker who said, "Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action."

Here are 14 questions to help you reflect on your accomplishments of last year and inspire you to set your intentions for this year to optimize your full potential.

1. What was your biggest triumph?

2. What was the smartest decision you made?

3. What one word best sums up and describes your experience?

4. What was the greatest lesson you learned?

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5. What was the most loving service you performed?

6. What is your biggest piece of unfinished business?

7. What are you most happy about completing?

8. Who were the three people who had the greatest impact on your life?

9. What was the biggest risk you took?

10. What was the biggest surprise?

11. What important relationship improved the most?

12. What compliment would you liked to have received?

13. What compliment would you liked to have given?

14. What else do you need to do or say to be complete with 2013?

Now that you have reviewed your accomplishments of last year, notice how you feel and what you believe is possible for you this new year. Take a few more minutes and answer the following questions to set intentions that will guide you to making 2014 your best year yet!

1. What would you like to be your biggest achievement?

2. What advice would you like to give yourself?

3. What is the major effort you are planning that will improve your financial results?

4. What would you be most happy about completing?

5. What major indulgence are you willing to experience?

6. What would you most like to improve about yourself?

7. What are you looking forward to learning?

8. What do you think your biggest risk will be?

9. What about your work — are you most committed to changing and improving?

10. What is one as yet undeveloped talent you are willing to explore?

11. What brings you the most joy, and how are you going to do or have more of that?

12. Who or what, other than yourself, are you most committed to loving and serving?

13. What is the one habit you must develop to live the life you want?

14. What one word would you like to have as your theme?

Make it up, make it fun and make it happen!

Machen P. MacDonald, CPCC, CCSC is a certified life and business coach with ProBrilliance Leadership Institute in Grass Valley. He helps business people gain more confidence and clarity to live their ideal life. He can be reached at and 530-273-8000.

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