Do you think 6 daily questions can change your life? I didn’t think so until a few months ago when I taught 2 days of a personal growth course with a colleague to business owners and executives. The course was for Renaissance Executive Forums members and was based on Marshall Goldsmith’s book called triggers. I enjoy teaching others about self-awareness and how to improve their lives both professionally and personally. The focus of the course was identifying triggers in our life that cause us to respond both positively and negatively.
Being able to respond vs. react can help you significantly be more of who you want to be. Responding simply put is knowing how you will act in certain situations regardless of the environment and people. Reacting is when you have not hard-wired your action to a situation so your actions may be good or bad.
Self-awareness is the best gift you can give yourself so you can be more of who you want to be at work and home. Asking yourself active questions rather than passive questions empowers you to make changes you wouldn’t otherwise think about. I never realized how big of an impact asking active questions vs. passive questions. Think about these examples:
- Passive Question – Do you have clear goals?
- Active Question – Did I do my best to set clear goals for myself?
The good thing about beginning your daily questions with “Did I do my best…” is that it is almost impossible to blame someone else for your failure. No one can be responsible for “Did I do my best…” but you!
To Improve on the 6 questions I discussed last week, you can add more questions that help you align with your goals and align your daily action to help you achieve your goals and life you want. To be the best you, start with asking yourself the standard 6 Daily Questions and add more to make you accountable to you.
Standard 6 Questions
- Did I do my best to increase my happiness?
- Did I do my best to find meaning?
- Did I do my best to be engaged?
- Did I do my best to build positive relationships?
- Did I do my best to set clear goals?
- Did I do my best to make progress toward goal achievement?
6+/Additional Questions Examples… that can help you achieve your best you and be accountable to yourself. Here are a few of mine I have added:
- Did I do Cardio for 30+ min Today?
- Did I do Workout Today?
- Did I do my best yesterday to Learn Something?
- Did I do my best yesterday to Diet and Eat Well?
- Did I do my best yesterday to Balance Drinking and Social Responsibility?
- Did I do my best yesterday to Do My Devotions and AM Routine?
- Did I do by best yesterday to Love and Keep God in My Life?
- Did I do my best yesterday to be Grateful?
- Did I do my best yesterday to Set Clear Goals?
- Did I do my best yesterday to Make Progress Toward Goal Achievement?
- Did I do my best yesterday to Find Meaning?
- Did I do by best yesterday to Be Happy?
- Did I do my best yesterday to Build a Positive Relationship?
- Did I do my best yesterday to Be Fully Engaged?
- Did I do my best yesterday To Be a Great Husband?
- Did I do my best yesterday To Be a Great Dad?
- Did I do my best yesterday To Be a Great Brother?
- Think about what you want to achieve.
- Create a checklist system to ask yourself daily your 6 questions plus your additional questions.
- Do your daily questions every day for 90 days.
Ask someone to be your accountability partner for 90 days to ask you every Friday to verify you did your daily questions.
- Be specific, pick a time every Friday for a 10 min call to verify you did your daily questions?
Adjust your questions as needed to accomplish what you want to achieve in life.
Good Luck and keep striving to be a better you!!!