11 Questions to End the Year On Purpose

10 questions to end the year on purpose

Inside: Living on purpose doesn’t mean having light for the whole path or knowing all the answers. It simply means living an examined life, awake and intentional, shifting course as needed, understanding you get to choose who and how you want to be in the world. Here are 11 questions to help you end your year on purpose.

Sometimes I wake up with thoughts or questions circling through my heart & mind.

“What do you want?” I asked myself over and over one morning as I went through my morning routine. This isn’t exactly uncommon for me; I want to be sure to live my life on purpose.

We can often articulate what we don’t want from life but we don’t always know what it is that we do  want. Or maybe we know we want to live with purpose but that sounds scary and vague and way too big.

We only see the two steps in front of us so we don’t step out at all.

Scary or not, change comes. We grow and heal and become. We learn to trust the journey, make small adjustments to our direction, and if we don’t quit we end up somewhere good. Maybe not where we expected, exactly. But good.

Living on purpose doesn’t mean having light for the whole path or knowing all the answers. It simply means living an examined life, awake and intentional, shifting course as needed, understanding you get to choose who and how you want to be in the world.

 

We gain more clarity about what we want and what we’re good at as we step out, not before. We make mistakes but learn that our imperfection does not exclude us from a beautiful life or beautiful relationships. But we only find those when we choose growth, when we choose to do the messy work – to peel and prune and chop away everything that no longer serves.

Like the lies we’ve believed about our worth. Unforgiveness. Bitterness. Addiction, mean self-talk, isolation. Trying to keep up or make others like you, not dealing with the deeper truth that you still don’t like yourself.

If you want to spend some time getting clear on what you want and ditching the rest, I’ve got some questions that can help. Give yourself at least an hour to settle in and journal out the answers and see what comes up for you.

And if you’re ready to quiet the noise of comparison, perfectionism or FEAR, consider signing up for my Show up Afraid course to step into the new year on purpose.

(One student said: Krista helped me realize SO many things about myself in the past few weeks. I’m starting to feel like the life-loving, knowledge-seeking, carefree and, dare I say, RADIANT girl that I once was. I remembered that she existed… just wasn’t quite sure how to find her again. With your help and the support of the lovelies in this group I have hope again. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I would definitely recommend this course and look forward to taking more myself. -Roxanne R.)

11 QUESTIONS TO END THE YEAR ON PURPOSE

1. What do you want? If you’re telling yourself the full truth – what do you want?

2. How do you want to feel? Are your habits, time commitments, other life patterns moving you closer to this desire?

3. How do you want to make others feel or what impact do you hope to make in the world, in your family or inner circle? We aren’t responsible for other people’s choices or feelings but we can think about how we impact those around us.

4. How are you using your gifts in the world? How can you show up and offer your light in big or small ways?

5. Where are you stuck? Be specific.

6. What do you need to let go of? Think about the emotional, physical, relational baggage you’re ready to release.

7. What life-giving habit do you want to add into your life? What is the ONE THING you could add in that would have the most significant, positive impact on your life in this season?

8. Are you spending time with growth-minded people? Do the people in your inner circle deserve that space in your life?

9. Do you need help? Name the place you need or want help. Make a concrete, step by step plan to get the help you need.

10. Are you ready for change? We sometimes say we want something but aren’t truly ready to take action. Tell the truth to yourself – are you ready?

11. Where is perfectionism, comparison or fear holding you back from what you truly desire? What would you feel like or what would your life look, sound, feel like if you showed up through comparison, perfectionism, or fear?

We’re all on this journey together and no one has it all figured out. But as we come to the end of another year, we can start laying aside the distractions and get curious and honest about what we truly want and who we choose to be so that we end the year on purpose.

And then we step out.

Just one small but purposeful step at a time.

Krista xo

P.S. Before you go – if you want further support for living a purposeful life, check out my closed Live on Purpose Facebook group or get in touch about working 1:1 with me in the new year.

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10 comments on “11 Questions to End the Year On Purpose

  1. This says it all for me: “We make mistakes but learn that our imperfection does not exclude us from a beautiful life or beautiful relationships. But we only find those when we choose growth, when we choose to do the messy work – to peel and prune and chop away everything that no longer serves.”

    In life, we often seek out the rose but forget we often get nicked with the thorns first.

    Thank you for sharing your words.

  2. Thank you for these questions, Krista. The language you use really resonates with me. 2018 was all about “undoing” for me. Clearing clutter, minimalizing, undoing years of gathering crap. Undoing my heart so it can open up to better things. Thinking about what I don’t want. In 2019 I want to focus on the different, positive language of “just right”, as you posted last week, articulating what I do want. These questions really help me think about what I do want and to consciously add that into my life.

  3. I’m stuck on number 1. It sounds ridiculous, but I don’t know what i want. I just wake up every morning and do what i do, be who I am. Maybe I can’t answer it because i know I won’t get what i want. (A cure for the illness, a normal life.) But beyond that, I have grown this year and will continue. Thank you for sharing your questions, I’ll write them out in my journal and work on answering them, though I still don’t know the answer to number 1. I’m glad to have discovered your blog this year. I’ve learned some from you this year and look forward to checking in from time to time. Have a wonderful holiday season. Michelle t

    • No, that’s not ridiculous at all – it’s a tricky question:) Not easy AT ALL. One thing I suggest is to just sit with it – so ask yourself that question before you go for a walk or climb into bed, when you get into the shower sometimes or just as you’re going about your day. You might notice that little by little you get a glimpse here, a glimmer or thread to follow there. Practice listening and noticing. Notice when you judge what you hear – or when fear tells you it’s ridiculous – just let this be about curiosity not judgment. xo

  4. These are such great and insightful questions! Thank you for sharing, Krista! I look forward to sitting down this weekend and journaling through them. I just learned about you through Darren Rowse’s ProBlogger podcast. I’ve been aninconsistent blogger mainly due to fear and procrastination so your story was inspiring. Keep up your amazing work!

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