Do you think 6 daily questions can change your life? I didn’t think so until last week 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.
When it comes to being more self-aware 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 – Do you have clear goals?
Active – Did I do my best to set clear goals for myself?
Active questions start with “Did I do my best to ……”. The good thing about beginning these questions with “Did I do my best to…” is that it is almost impossible to blame someone else for your failure. No one can be responsible for “Did I do my best to…” but you!
To be the best you and super successful, start with asking yourself 6 Daily 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?
- Ask Yourself the Daily Questions for 2 weeks.
- Keep a quick scorecard or spreadsheet to keep track of how you are doing on each question daily.
Share with a friend every Friday morning on how you are doing on each question.
- Add Questions that are relevant to what you want to achieve – there is no magic number.
- Read the book by Marshall Goldsmith called Triggers.
Good Luck and keep striving to be a better you!!!