5 Things to Ask When Looking for a Fresh Start

That’s it. You’ve had it. Life is just not going as well as you’d like. And you just can’t feel grateful for anything with your current circumstances? Well then, it’s time for a change, a Fresh Start, if you will. But how do you know where to even begin? Especially if you’re still neck-deep in a life, you want to escape.

It’s simple. You start by asking yourself these five questions:

What Are You Looking For?

Too often, what we think is a change in our life is nothing more than a dressed-up version of the old. To avoid falling into this trap, start looking for real and actual change. Start by asking the hard questions: What do you want out of life? How are you not getting this? What would you need to do to attain this? What would you really be grateful for right now? What’s one positive change which would place you closer to this dream?

How Many Risks Are You Willing to Take?

Fresh starts will demand a certain level of commitment from you, which manifests in how much of yourself you’re willing to put into the project. If you’re not willing to risk a new way of life, or much in the way of change, you’re not going to have much success. Once you decide the risks you are going to take, ask yourself, “How thankful will I be if this works out?” And just as importantly, ask, “How thankful will I be if this DOES NOT works out?”

What is Different About the Life You’re Proposing

If you’re looking for a new beginning, there must be something ‘new,’ or you’re not starting over. You are merely continuing what you’ve been doing all along. What is the thing you haven’t done before?

What Are You Giving Up?

A new beginning means something else is ending. What are you leaving behind? Remember that this question doesn’t necessarily imply you must abandon every aspect of your past. Sometimes we’re leaving behind only a small part of our life.

Are You Truly Ready to Let Go of the Past?

This last question can be hard because you might not know the answer until you’ve begun. Every fresh start is doomed to failure if you’re weighed down with a lot of baggage from the past. At the very least, it helps to have a positive attitude about letting go and are willing to do the work to make this happen.

In the end, these questions will give you some idea of what to expect as you embark on this journey of letting go. After all, being prepared truly is half the battle. And after you examine all of these questions, you ponder over your answers, and it still does not “look good,” ask yourself one final question:

What can I be grateful for right now?

Leave a comment below and let us know – what are you grateful for right now!?


  1. Mary Elizabeth O'Toole on July 20, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    Love this list – clear and concise wtih very valuable questions. Thanks!! I will be using this list for sure.

    • Paul on July 20, 2022 at 10:06 pm

      Wow, that is nice to know, Mary. Thanks for letting us know you will be using this list.

  2. Samantha T on July 20, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    Wow, great list Paul. I wish I had seen this when we picked up and moved out of the state we were both born and moved halfway across the country for a BIG change. Luckily it worked out for us, but many times I have thought, about what would have happened had it not worked out. I guess we could have moved back but it would have cost a lot. Thank you for sharing and I will remember these the next time we are in need of a BIG change. 🙂

    • Paul on July 25, 2022 at 12:47 am

      I am glad that our post was helpful to you, Samantha. Good luck with your new place. I hope everything will be well. Stay safe!

  3. Martha on July 20, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    Well this came at the right time. We are in the process of thinking of a fresh start in a new state. It’s scary to think at our age, in the mid 70’s, that we’d be starting over per say. A move would be a big change and lots of work but it’s something our granddaughter needs. It may take a few years but we’re ready.

    • Paul on July 21, 2022 at 9:40 pm

      Wow. Glad to know our post is very helpful for you. Good luck on your new journey, Martha. Stay safe always and be well.

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