9 Questions

9 Questions to Ask Yourself and Others for 2022

These are questions that have been asked in books, workshops, and spiritual talks.

  1. What do you know now that you didn’t know a year ago?

Peter, Church of Conscious Harmony

  • Taking time to notice, being a father to two wonderful adults has helped me experience love. Being a grandfather has help me understand how the terms love and legacy fit together.
  • What attracts and drives me to be an educator? Completing the WHY Institute certification was affirming to who I am.  Being a contributor to my own learning and the learning of others.
  • Losing my best friend, a year ago on New Year’s Day, has made me more conscious and grateful for the friends I have, and the time spent with them.
  1. What would you, ten years from now, tell yourself today?

Marshall Goldsmith, podcast

  • You will always have something to contribute of the field of education. Keep doing it.
  • Be sure to make time for family, friends, health, and integrity.
  • Keep learning
  1. What question, if you had the answer to, would set you free?

Peter Block, The Answer to How is Yes

  • Am I willing to give and receive love?
  • How do I accelerate my learning and the learning for others?
  • Am I willing to take time to “Be Here Now”?
  1. Where are you getting increasingly more efficient and decreasingly creative?

Reed Hastings, No Rules Rule

  • Doing more reading and writing rather than being in the arena initiating and accelerating learning.
  • Being more of a minimalist with my needs.
  • Goethe said, “the things that matter most should not be at the mercy of things that matter least.
  1. Where have you had a compelling vision but lacked ruthless execution?

Alan Mulally, American Icon

  • Knowledge is important AND insufficient. Be in the arena doing worthwhile work
  • “It takes no courage to chronically complain.” Angeles Arrien
  • Know ‘WHY’ and not being able to implement ‘WHY NOT’
  1. Are you a giver, a taker, or a matcher?

Adam Grant, Give and Take

  • “Teams depend on givers to share information, volunteer for unpopular tasks, and provide help” Adam Grant
  • You can’t give what you don’t have.
  • I used to be more of a ‘matcher’ and now I am totally a ‘giver’
  1. What is something you want to do but haven’t? Why not?

Dan Heath, Insight and Influence Workshop

  • Working within a school district to compete with private and alternative schools
  • Develop creative leadership professional develop in urban school districts
  • Create practical leadership programs in higher education
  1. What are the next steps that would most support my life’s dream, my life’s calling?

Angeles Arrien, 7 Candles Workshop

  • Be part of a team that creates positive cultures for urban and/or high poverty schools
  • Teach in higher education to develop great leaders on how to build good school cultures rather than just certification programs
  • “Life is change. Growth is Optional.  Choose Wisely.”  Karen Clark
  1. Is your self-worth stronger than your internal critic?

Angeles Arrien, 7 Candles Workshop

  • Stand up or shut up
  • Stop the inner terrorism
  • Dream, Do, Enjoy

Those are my answers.  What are yours?


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