Posted by: devonellington | November 14, 2019

GDR Questions for 2020: A Year of Transition and Transformation

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Questions for 2020: A Year of Transition and Transformation

I’m doing something a little different this year. I have a theme for 2020: “Transition and Transformation.”

I anticipate several huge transitions in my life in the coming year. I want to use them to transform my life and get it back on the track I need it to be on for this next cycle.

So let’s start.

1. Reflect on 2019. What worked? What didn’t? What did you release, even if you thought you wanted it early in the year, because it didn’t serve your life?

2. Do you have any regrets? Are any of them something you can work on in the next cycle, or do you need to let go and move on?

3. What was your biggest obstacle in 2019?

4. How do you plan to transform this obstacle in 2020? List several active steps so to do.

5. Where are you getting in your own way of achieving your goals, dreams, and resolutions? Is there anything you need to change in your approach in order to achieve what you want and need?

6. Are there specific goals you know you MUST reach this year, instead of simply WANTING to reach them? What are they? What steps do you plan to take to get there?

7. How does your health affect these other aspects of your life? What can you do to improve your health and build strength to make necessary changes in the next cycle?

8. What illusion do you need to release in order to move forward?

9. Did you make any compromises in 2019 that you regret? What kind of course correction will you do in 2020?

10. What tools for organization, health, and creativity did you find most useful last year? Will you continue to use them?

11. Is there a tool you are eager to try this year? What is it and why?

12. For your big goals, how can you break them down into specific steps to reach by specific points in the year, in order to achieve them?

13. What are you not willing to compromise?

14. How can you build or strengthen your support system to work on your goals, dreams, and resolutions?

15. List a handful of smaller, fun goals that you have on your list because you WANT them, not because you have to get them done. Things that will give you pleasure, that you’ve always wanted to try.

16. Are you more comfortable in gradual transitions or in fast changes? This year, do you want to do anything differently than you usually do?

17. Do you need or want to change anything about the way you present yourself to the world?

18. How does the economic and political landscape affect your goals, dreams, and resolutions? How will you deal with them this year?

19. There’s a lot of talk about ending the decade and what we’ve achieved in the last ten years. When I look back at the past decade, on the one hand, I’m discouraged because things didn’t manifest in the way I hoped and planned. On the other hand, I’ve been through a lot, learned a lot, grown a lot. I made a choice not to let myself be discouraged and angry and feel “less than” because life took different directions. That doesn’t mean I don’t plan to work hard in the next cycle to achieve certain things. I feel like this was a decade of change, but also of refueling and preparation for the cycle I’m about to enter.  I realized that, even if I’ve failed in some areas, it takes off all the pressure. It gives me the freedom to do anything. How does the change of decade affect your choices this coming year, if at all?

20, What are three DEMANDS (things you have to do or need to get done, that might not be a goal, dream, or a resolution, but are necessary to your life). How will you integrate them with your goals, dreams, and resolutions?

21. List your three biggest goals, and at least 3 steps to achieve each.

22. List your resolutions and at least 3 steps to achieve each.

23. List one dream you’ve put aside, and list 3 steps you will take this year to make it a reality.

24, List 3 dreams you have and are either still working on (from previous years) or will add into the mix this year, and 3 steps for each you plan to take.

We will post our answers to these questions on the Home page of the GDR site on January 2. I am posting these questions on both the Home page and on its own page. The 2020 Questions page will remain up all year so that people can join in at any time they find the questions useful.


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