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10 Questions to Ask Yourself This Rosh Hashanah

September 14, 2022 | by Rabbi Nechemia Coopersmith

Questions to help you reconnect to your life’s purpose, clarify your goals, and passionately embrace this upcoming new year.

Rosh Hashanah is around the corner, and preparing to stand before God, pleading to be written in the Book of Life, can feel daunting. This time of year could feel like a downer, full of guilt, dread, and despair. It shouldn't. This is the time to reconnect to your life’s purpose, to flex and strengthen your free will muscles and feel more alive, focused and enthused.

You want to come into Rosh Hashanah with clarity about your purpose in life, knowing why you want to be granted another of year of life. This is the time to get back to basics, to restate your life goals and make any necessary recalibrations to ensure you get there.

It’s a new year. Nothing is holding you back. Think positively and greet Rosh Hashanah with passion and drive to live the upcoming year to its fullest.

Here is a list of questions that will help you with your introspection. Be sure to take some time out to think about these questions. Write down your answers. That will help concretize your thinking. Meditate on them; don’t rush. There's a lot here. Don't tackle them all at once. Perhaps think about one a day.

I hope that once you’re done, you’ll be closer to gaining the clarity you need to confidently declare, “Inscribe us in the Book of Life!”

10 Questions for the New Year

What are your core strengths and talents? How can you use them more productively and meaningfully?

Looking back at this past year, for what things are you most grateful?

What is one of your greatest weaknesses? How is this holding you back? What practical steps can you take to improve in this area?

Do you have a life’s mission statement? Write it out. What are you doing to fulfill that mission? Ask a mentor or friend for feedback.

If you only had one year to live, what would you make sure to do? Which are you going to commit to doing this year?

If fear was no issue, what goal would you set out to accomplish? What can you do to push through your fear, and what steps can you take to start working on accomplishing this goal?

What practical steps can you take to lead a healthier life?

Looking at the significant relationships you have in your life, which one would benefit most from your additional attention? What can you do to improve that relationship?

In what state is your relationship with God? What step(s) can you commit to take on to strengthen that relationship?

What project or goal, if left undone, will you regret most not having accomplished next Rosh Hashanah?

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