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Ask Yourself These Questions to Create Instant Positive Energy

It’s a fresh new year and I’m so ready! Ready to celebrate and focus on all the positive momentum, new energy, and great experiences I know this year will have to offer. I always start a new year off with quite a bit of mindset work and journaling. I actually like to start each week off that way too. It can be incredibly helpful in setting intentions (such as my intention to increase my healthy smoothie intake this year) and creating momentum. I thought I’d invite you to join me with a few questions to help create instant positive energy and momentum.

Below I’ve shared three questions to help you create a great year. You can re-visit these simple but powerful questions any time you need to spark a little motivation and clarity. They’re fantastic journal prompts and can be used for creating fresh starts any time you’d like!

These questions will help you with goal setting, creating desired feelings and experiences, and cultivating the powerful mindsets needed to move yourself forward. Ready to get focused on creating a great year ahead?

Find a cozy spot, grab your journal or a pad of paper and answer these questions:

– What are 2 things you can do right now to feel the way you want to feel? A great happiness skill is to learn to generate desired feelings regularly (rather than waiting for some future thing or event to create them).

– What are two difference-making things you can do right now to move you toward a goal or experience you’d like to make happen? I like to call these high value activities.

– What are five not so obvious things you’re grateful for right now? (Practice intentional expanded gratitude). For me, answers to this might include appliances that are all in working order, 9 hours of great sleep last night, and a reduced travel schedule for this year. All the good stuff matters and it creates fantastic energy and momentum to acknowledge those good things we may not focus on all the time.

For more in-depth work around these and other helpful tools (plus a few of my very personal stories), check out my book Operation Happiness: The 3-Step Plan to Creating a Life of Lasting Joy, Abundant Energy, and Radical Bliss available now as an audiobook with a paperback edition coming soon! So many great tools in there to help you in your journey.

For a few extra tips on creating a great year, you can visit this past post on this topic: 3 Inspiring Tips for Creating Your Best Year.  You can also check out my podcast, The Joy School Podcast, on Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and other favorite platforms.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, successful year ahead!

With lots of love and joy,


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Kristi Ling Spencer

Kristi Ling is a happiness strategist, internationally known life and business coach, bestselling author, and inspirational speaker who works with individuals and organizations on building a firm foundation for lasting happiness and success. She has been featured in numerous media outlets such as Oprah Daily, Woman’s Day, Oxygen, Entrepreneur, Mashable, Reader’s Digest, and Women’s Health. Her popular TEDx Talk on The Power of Re-Thinking Happiness has been shared across social media, and she has appeared as a keynote speaker for major companies and events. Her bestselling book, Operation Happiness – The 3-Step Plan to Creating a Life of Lasting Joy, Abundant Energy, and Radical Bliss was chosen by Success Magazine as one of the best books to make you successful. It’s available now wherever books and audiobooks are sold.

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