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12 Questions to Make 2012 Your Best Year Yet

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Prompts

1. Because I wanted to make 2012 count, I...

2. Because fear of failure was no longer a good enough reason to not do it, in 2012 I...

3. Because I listened to the whispers inside, in 2012 I...

4. Because the things that brought me joy in childhood still do, in 2012 I...

5. Because simple pleasures are so rich, in 2012 I...

6. Because my body has served me so beautifully all these years, in 2012 I...

7. Because the world needs my service, in 2012 I...

8. Because of the remarkable people who have loved me and made me who I am, in 2012 I...

9. Because I am willing to believe in the power of forgiveness, in 2012 I...

10. Because the silence had gone on long enough, in 2012 I....

11. Because I am so blessed, in 2012 I...

12. Because I wanted, in the last days of my life, to remember this year with tears of gratitude, in 2012 I...

You deserve a rich, joyful 2012, and it is available to you. Grab a journal or grab a friend, and share your answers to these prompts. Or write them in the comments below, or at your own blog.

See what emerges as you explore in this creative way what 2012 could hold for you.

How To Use the Prompts

Write or speak aloud. You can write the end of each prompt, or do this aloud with someone you trust (deep trust there is very important!) and have them take notes on what you say so you have a record of it. Then, switch roles.

Go with whatever shows up first. Go with your first instinct as you complete the statements. Let your intuition lead. If you are writing, keep the pen moving. If you are doing this aloud, complete the sentence on the spot. Don't get stuck in "thinking about it."

You don't have to understand your answers right away. Some may feel surprising or even mysterious. Over time, their meaning will emerge for you.

You don't have take action on everything you come up with. Be totally playful and creative now as you complete the prompts. Then go back with some distance and reflect on your answers and decide what commitments you want to put into place.

Use the past tense. I recommend that you complete these statements using the past tense, as if you are recounting your 2012 a year from now. For example, you might say, "Because I wanted to make 2012 count, I joined a writing group and started working on my novel" rather than "Because I want to make 2012 count, I will join a writing group and I will start working on my novel." When we state our intentions as if they've already been actualized, we more powerfully train our minds that they will happen. We paint a more vivid vision for ourselves.

You are invited to share your response to the prompts in the comments below!

Tara Sophia Mohr is an expert on women's leadership and wellbeing. She is the creator of the "10 Rules for Brilliant Women Workbook" the free guide for women to own and share their brilliance in the world, as well as of the global Playing Big leadership program. Tara is the author of the bestselling book Your Other Names: Poems for Wise Living.

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