I’m still catching up on myself a little here so please no one point out that it’s actually not midweek any more and we’re approximately 70% of the way though the working week here in the UK because I know that already. I worked it out on the calculator and everything.
Today I want to get you thinking about some questions you should put to yourself every now and then. This doesn’t have to be a daily practice (although it can be) but at least a couple of times a month.
If you’re reading this, I assume that you have something that you’re working towards achieving. Personal goals and ambitions help establish meaning and structure in our lives and a body in motion tends to stay in motion according to my main man Newton.
With that mind, make sure you keep your body (and mind) in motion by regularly asking yourself the following questions.
1. Am I closer to achieving my goals and ambitions than I was the last time I asked myself this question?
This is key, if you’re not moving forward with your plans you’re going backwards. There is no standing still.
2. What mistakes have I made and what can I learn from them?
It’s important to remember that mistakes do not define you, they merely present an opportunity to refine your methods.
3. What successes have I had and how can I build on them?
Repeating what works makes total sense and helps you get better and achieve your goals faster.
4. What more could I be doing to move closer to achieving my goals and ambitions?
Always look for ways to do more. Within reason obviously, you still need to have some down time.
5. What more could I be doing to help others move closer to achieving theirs?
Helping others achieve their goals won’t directly help you with yours, but you reap what you sow and if someone has an opportunity to support you in the future, they’re much more likely to do so if you’ve helped them. Plus it’s nice to be nice.
Be honest with yourself when asking these questions. It’s not nice when someone lies to you. It’s worse when you lie to others. But to lie to yourself jus crazy and will always do you more harm than good.