It is that time of year where we can think about what 2012 was like in it’s entirety.  Where we anticipate what 2013 may bring.  Things we would like to do differently.  The person we want to be, the job or business we want to be in, in the life we want to live.  It is also a great opportunity to really give this reflection the respect and time it deserves.  365 days occurred in 2012.  What moments do you recall?  The good or the bad.  What do you dwell on? What can you do differently next year?

I went along to a ‘reflection’ session with my associate coaches in early December.  It was great to be able to do this task myself as well as give my clients the chance to ponder on some pretty big questions.  Take some time to review the following and consider them across a number of areas such as Career, Health, Spiritual, Financial, Family, Community Service, Fun / creativity / recreation

Completing on the last year.

  • What was your biggest triumph in 2012?
  • What was the smartest decision you made in 2012?
  • What one word best sums up and describes your 2012 experience?
  • What was the greatest lesson you learned in 2012?
  • What is your biggest piece of unfinished business in 2012?
  • What are you most happy about completing in 2012?
  • Who were the three people that had the greatest impact on your life in 2012?
  • What was the biggest risk you took in 2012?
  • What was the biggest surprise in 2012?
  • What important relationship improved the most in 2012?
  • What compliment would you like to have received in 2012?
  • What compliment would you like to have given in 2012?
  • What else do you need to do or say to be complete with 2012?

Creating the new year.

  • What would you like to be your biggest triumph in 2013?
  • What advice would you like to give yourself in 2013?
  • What is the major effort you are planning to improve your financial results in 2013?
  • What would you be most happy about completing in 2013?
  • What major indulgence are you willing to experience in 2013?
  • What would you most like to change about yourself in 2013?
  • What are you looking forward to learning in 2013?
  • What do you think your biggest risk will be in 2013?
  • What about your work, are you most committed to changing and improving in 2013?
  • What is one as yet undeveloped talent you are willing to explore in 2013?
  • What brings you the most joy and how are you going to do or have more of that in 2013?
  • What one word would you like to have as your theme in 2013?

The one question that stood out for me is ‘what compliment would you like to have given’…I came home and thanked my husband for doing such a great job in his new company and providing us with a completely different way of life in Brisbane.  This was a major change for our family this year and one I was nervous about having only just decided to leave corporate and set up Nourish.  We sold our property on the South Coast and invested all our energy into this relocation.   I was nervous as my in-laws travelled north with us too and their happiness was of such importance to us.  And here we are, 11 months on in our new homes, new city, new state and we all really couldn’t be happier.  My husband’s response was “We are a team love, you don’t need to thank me!”.  Quite cute really.

The other question that stood out for me is “what is the one word or theme for 2013”.  As we moved to Brisbane in 2012 I really needed to get my business and brand established.  I wanted to support as many clients as possible in the career and business coaching space.  I was keen to invest into networking events, client enquiries and supporting people with their change, including my own family.  So the theme for 2013 is to be more balanced myself and practice what I preach!  Not only with my business but also my health and family.

So hope these questions stir up some new thinking for you.  They certainly had a room of coaches pondering, gazing to the ceiling and recognising what they wanted to achieve in the year ahead.

Cheers to a fabulous year of change and positive progress in your career, business or life.



Thank you to Cassandra Russell for sharing David Allen’s Productive Living Newsletter questions – you can find these questions here and much more of how to Get Things Done with the David Allen Company