Much as I'd like to pretend otherwise, nothing's perfect. As you look back on the last year, ask yourself, "What was less than preferable about my life in this past year?"
The intent of this question isn't to give you a list of things you can moan and whine about, saying, "Woe is me." The goal is to help you step up and take control by following up each of those items with the question, "OK, now what can I do about that in the future? How can I change that?"
It's easy to feel powerless in the face of what we don't like about our lives, shrugging our shoulders and saying, "I can't do anything about that." So I'd like to encourage you to put this spin on the question. Ask yourself, "If I had no choice but to change that - if allowing more of the same were not an option - what could I do about it?"
Get creative. Step outside the bounds of your customary thinking. Look at your assumptions and ask if they're really valid. Explore other possibilities.
Take both a short-term and a long-term perspective. If you absolutely can't do anything right here, right now to change it, what might you be able to do within, say, five years if you start taking steps right now?
Brought to you by Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst TM