FRIDAY REFLECTIONS: Interviewing 2011

January 20, 2012 at 3:49 PM 3 comments

2011...the roadmap to 2012

Is it just me, or does it sometimes take the whole month of January to get the new year in gear? Maybe it’s because I was traveling the first few days of the month, or maybe I’m just a slow starter. (or both) But the way I figure it, I’ve still got 11 more days til February 1st when 2012 is irrefutably in full swing.

That said, I find myself wanting to begin the year purposefully, rather than slipping back into old ruts “just because.” Ideally, I’d like to learn from my mistakes, clarify God’s goals for my life, and give the new year my very best.  But how to begin?

My author-therapist friend Ramon Presson has a yearly ritual he calls “interviewing” the past year. Each December/January he asks himself 4 questions that help him press “enter” on the past year and gain clarity on what he’d like to see in the year to come. It’s a simple, non-threatening process that sounds like something I’d like to try. If you’d like to try it along with me, here’s the link to Ramon’s 4 questions:

COMMENTARY BY RAMON PRESSON: How to review and interview your own year

If you want to go even deeper, here are some questions Ramon suggests for clarifying your goals/hopes for 2012:

What do I want to experience?

What do I want to achieve?

What do I want to start?

What do I want to finish that I’ve already started?

What do I want to learn?

What do I want to see?

What do I want to know how to do?

What do I want to know (inside) with more certainty?

What do I want to add or increase?

What do I want to reduce or completely let go of?

What do I want to feel?

One more question that comes to mind as I read the list: What do I want to contribute?

For those who’d like to join me by interviewing your own 2011, feel free to post excerpts from your answers here on the blog. I’d love to hear what you’re thinking…and will be sharing some of my own answers next week as well.

Happy reviewing!


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ramon Presson  |  January 20, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    I like your additional question of “What would I like to contribute?”


  • 2. Jennifer Turchi  |  March 13, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    i’m onboard the “what do i want to contribute” train! it seems to line up with “God how do you want to use me?” and that question resonates deep in my soul and makes me want to get moving! when i feel like i am in line with how God desires to use the treasures, time and talents he has gifted me than all the other pieces of my life fall together and there is a symmetry and flow that miraculously occurs.


    • 3. Kimosphere  |  March 13, 2012 at 10:24 AM

      Yes, I agree. It’s as if clarity about your calling is the “plumbline” that helps everything else line up where it’s supposed to be!



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1. LISTEN without interrupting
(Proverbs 1:8)

2. SPEAK without accusing
(James 1:19)

3. GIVE without sparing
(Proverbs 21:26)

4. PRAY without ceasing
(Colossians 1:9)

5. ANSWER without arguing
(Proverbs 17:1)

6. SHARE without pretending
(Ephesians 4:15)

7. ENJOY without complaint
(Philippians 2:14)

8. TRUST without wavering
(I Corinthians 13:7)

9. FORGIVE without punishing
(Colossians 3:13)

10. PROMISE without forgetting
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