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23 Questions That Will Make you Better and Happier in 2013

[ 9 ] December 27, 2012 |

Let’s play a game of 20+ questions. In last Friday’s newsletter I nudged you to do a little planning before 2012 rolls over to 2013. Asking yourself the hard questions will make all the difference in the days ahead.

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Your life will expand in proportion to your planning and action.

Below are 10 onion-peeling questions to keep you on path or get you back out of the bunker onto the greens. Ponder them, journal out your answers or dictate them into your iPhone so you can review them at the end 2013. Thoughts become things, so make them good ones.

  1. Are you doing what you believe in or settling for what you’re doing?
  2. What one thing haven’t you done that you really want to do? What’s holding you back? I’ve been waiting for a man to take me on a trip to Ireland for 15 years. I’m tired of waiting. This year I’m going be it solo, on a group tour or with one of my gal pals.
  3. When in 2012 did you feel most passionate and alive? How can you build on that on 2013? This year I attended a lot of outdoor concerts and drank in the music from KC to Chicago. To me music and travel are the creative nectars of the gods. What do you want to drink of more this year?
  4. Do you feel engaged in life? What could make your feel more engaged? Do you want to give a class, be a tour guide at a local museum or historic site, learn to surf, start a blog, what?
  5. Decisions are being made every day that affect your life. Are you making these decisions or are letting someone else make them for you?
  6. Are you self-sufficient? Freedom is the greatest gift of all. Self sufficiency is the greatest freedom.
  7. Are you part of something you deeply believe in? Working toward “it” doesn’t count. List your fall-on-a-spear-causes and get as deeply involved as you can in 2013. Tell me how it makes you feel.
  8. How many new life experiences did you try in 2012? List them. If the list is light, spend 20 minutes brainstorming your 2013 life experience bucket list. Will you try sushi? Will you learn to use iMovie? Will you can your first batch of salsa? Will you take tap lessons? Will you join a meetup group?
  9. Are you feeling edgy, incomplete or do you identify with one or all 10 of these signs of a midlife crisis?
  10. Are you becoming a better person because of the five people you hang out with most? Avoid blamers or drainers and otherwise toxic people.


“But you are the average of the five people you associate with most, so do not underestimate the effects of your pessimistic, unambitious, or disorganized friends. If someone isn’t making you stronger, they’re making you weaker.”  Timothy Ferriss

Are you a business owner? Here are 10 questions to ask yourself about your business and employees before 2013 begins. While you’re on a roll ask yourself these 10 questions to discover your future.

Want a daily tune-up in 2013? Stay on course by asking yourself these three questions daily.

I believe we are to fault for under thinking just as much as over thinking and that we can’t arrive at out storybook ending without channeling some thought into what makes us come alive .

Want to really dive into some life planning? Download Michael Hyatt’s free 90-page life planning ebook.

I look forward to hearing any of your ah hahs from this exercise.



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Comments (9)

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  1. Hey! Inspiring article! I LOVE introspective questions. Thanks for the link. How’d you find Fearless Men?

    • Hello Fearless Man, Todd. Love your site. Will be linking to more of your content in 2013! I found you by searching for “questions to ask at year-end or questions to plan your new year.” Bingo, there you were.

  2. I love all your questions and challenges. Happily I can answer affirmatively to many. But there are several that I need work on, especially the “Die-on-a-spear” one. I have always wanted to get more involved in the World cause for Water. Maybe this will be my year!

  3. Grace Hodgin says:

    Inspiring questions and some I’ll have to ponder

  4. Love this. All the questions are thoughtful and lead to the kind of life review everyone should try.

  5. Haralee says:

    Great questions and thought provoking reminders!

  6. Great questions. If I can find the time I really want to sit down and try to answer them all.

  7. Bonnie says:

    These are great questions and I will most definitely take the time to consider them and make the appropriate changes!

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