The end of the year is nearly here.

Christmas has just passed us by and the next celebration will be New Years Eve which is only a few days away.

How was your Christmas then?

Did you have a fantastic time full of smiles and full of happiness?

Did you achieve what you wanted to achieve over the Christmas period?

Here is a quick recap from last week’s article where I explored my 4 four pillars for a fantastic Christmas and remember the beauty of having pillars is that your pillars are your pillars…as long as they work for you then that’s all good:

Family Time – For me, life is all about family. The word FAMILY to me means the people closest to me but it may mean something different to you. Who is important to you? Identify those people and then schedule good quality time with them, minimal phone use, maximum engagement, maximum presentness. It’s about quality time.

Recovery Time – I cannot wait to relax the wake up times slightly. I am looking forward to having a few more drinks than normal. I won’t be tracking my food for several days and instead will just enjoy myself, what will be will be. Again, recovery can mean many things to many people, what does RECOVERY look like for you? How are you going to relax? What can you do to destress? How could you act to give your mind and body some maintenance time? It really is up to you.

Enjoyable Time – We were designed to smile. I would like my cheeks to ache from smiling so much this year. I want to hear giggles and laughter all around me this Christmas. I would really like everyone around me to have a truly brilliant time this year. Now, as you will know from previous articles, we can never base our own happiness on things outside our control such as someone else’s state of mind but I tell you right now, I’m going to make it a habit to help my close friends and family feel as good as possible…not a bad goal right? What do you want to enjoy this Christmas?

Entertainment Time – Games, laughter, drinks, the annual lads darts day out in London, seeing relatives, singing songs, reading our Hunt family “Twas the night before Christmas” poem on Christmas Eve, present unwrapping, cheeky surprises, drinking games, the Hunt family annual game of Monopoly…I literally cannot wait. The 10 days I am off is full of entertainment. I am also going to try and get through a couple of books during the 10 days. One piece of advice for you right now:

“Pick 5 things that you like to do and don’t go back to work until you have done all 5…it just takes a bit of planning.”

So how did that exercise work for you from last week then?

Did you pick the 5 things to focus on and put energy into achieving them?

I can tell you now that I have fully lived up to the principles I discussed last week and it has made my whole experience this Christmas so enjoyable and amazingly connected. I know that one of my biggest flaws is that I go on my phone too much and spend too much time playing around my apps when I could be doing other things. To be fair, when I am surfing my apps, most of the time is spent doing work related or hobby related activities but this Christmas has been different.

I have been more connected.

I have been more present.

I have engaged more in all conversations.

I have not allowed myself to get into a battle between my digital devices and my face to face interactions.

What has worked for you this Christmas?

What do you need to carry forward into 2020 to make it a truly splendid year?

To make that process easier for you, I would like to share with you some amazing questions that I offered out last year available to you now. Start asking these questions over the next few days and I’m sure that 2020 is going to start the right way; in fact I believe it will start the FUNdaMENTAL way:

Who am I really?

What worries me most about the future?

If this were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?

What am I scared of?

What matters most in my life?

Have I done anything lately worth remembering?

Have I made someone smile today?

What have I given up on?

When did I last push the boundaries of my comfort zone?

If I had to instil one piece of advice in a new-born baby’s mind, what advice would I give?

What small act of kindness was I once shown that I will never forget?

What do I need to change about myself?

How many of my friends would I trust with my life?

Who has had the greatest impact on my life?

What do I want most in my life?

What is life calling of me?

Which is worse, failing or never trying?

What’s the one thing I’d like others to remember about me at the end of my life?

To what degree have I actually controlled the course my life has taken?

How am I feeling right now?

Did I achieve what I set out to achieve last year?

How am I feeling about the day ahead?

What can I accept that I can’t change?

What would scare me slightly that I could do today?

What caused me the most inner stress and conflict last year?

Does it move me towards the boldest, most grand vision I have for myself?

What should I start?

What should I stop?

What should I do more of?

What should I do less of?

What were your biggest failings or mistakes this past year – health wise – that were preventable or avoidable?

What were your biggest health problems that were not preventable or avoidable – and how did you respond?

Which food consistently has the worst effect on you? How does it make you feel (or look, or perform)?

What concrete step or steps will you take to fulfil a more abstract resolution?

Why are you where you are?

How will you hold yourself accountable?

What are you willing to do to change?

What are you physically unable to do (comfortably) that you’d like to be able to do (comfortably)?

What, or who, stands in your way?

If you could do anything with your life, and money were no object, what would you do?

What did I accomplish last year?

What do I want to accomplish this year?

What do I want to accomplish in the first quarter of next year?

What do I want to accomplish next month?

What were your wins last year?

What did you learn about yourself last year?

What are your current goals?

What habits do you need to work on?

And there we have it for the last column of 2019.

This is article number 171 for EVERY STEP COUNTS and there are many more to come in 2020 so stay tuned.

I would like to take this moment to wish you an amazing end to your year, to enjoy the opportunities that are coming your way in 2020 and to just be YOU in the upcoming 12 months…remember everyone else is taken 🙂

The final column of 2019…its all about questions today 🙂