Ask The Right Questions ConceptThe New Year always seems to signal a chance to pause in our busy lives and take stock of how the last year has gone, and how we would like to make this year better.

Making the year better, of course, is what making New Year’s resolutions is all about.

And, as most of us know to our chagrin, many of our resolutions fall by the wayside far too early in the year.

In a recent blog post, Seth Godin encourages us to approach this coming year from a different angle. He suggests asking ourselves several key questions. He applies them to work, but most of the questions apply to the rest of our lives as well. Among my favorites are:

  1. What do you stand for?
  2. What are you afraid of?
  3. What are you doing that’s difficult?
  4. What contribution are you making?

To see the remainder of Seth’s questions, as well as how he suggests that you use the answers to inform your choices for this new year, click here.

What might be even more helpful is if we were to take my husband Saul’s suggestion that we set aside time every month (or at least quarterly) to do the same kind of assessment that we do once a year at the New Year.

Unfortunately that is one resolution that Saul and I seem unable to keep. Sigh!