From the time you get up in the morning to the time you get ready for bed, you are constantly asking yourself questions. But are you asking yourself the right questions, questions that set yourself up for success?
Questions you ask yourself can give you an opportunity to make your life a little better or, if you’re asking the wrong questions, make it worse. This is because questions guide your focus and, as a result, what you spend time thinking about.
Here’s why. When you ask yourself something, your brain can’t help but try to answer it. If you ask questions that are focused on surviving another day, or that distract you from what’s really important, your questions can put you on a self-destructive path.
The good news is you can learn to use questions to focus your attention on the positive and align your actions with your priorities. This is what we’re going to talk about today, asking yourself meaningful questions on a regular basis can change your focus and
set yourself up for success.
7 Questions that Set Yourself Up for Success
- What is the most important thing I need to accomplish today?
In my book, Mindful Mastery: Find Focus, Get Unstuck, and Drop Into the Peak Performance Zone, I talk about the importance of having purpose. A purpose gives you reasons for getting out of bed in the morning. If you want to get out of bed motivated and ready to go, you need to have compelling reasons, you need to know what you need to accomplish to reach your goals.
What are the most important things you need to accomplish? Make a list of them and design your day around your most important goals. How you spend your time determines the quality of your life. This question will get your day started on the road to success.
2. What kind of B.S. am I tolerating?
We all tolerate way too much B.S. Most of us are taught to be tough, indifferent, and to overlook the B.S. But, if you don’t address the B.S., it will take it’s toll on your nerves after a while.
While you might not think this question can help set you up for success, the only way you can deal with a problem is to face it head on. This question can help you focus on what’s in your best interest.
So, what kind of B.S. are you tolerating?
- A bad relationship?
- A stove with a broken burner?
- A dead bush in front of your house?
- A terrible boss?
- An extra 30 pounds?
Make a B.S. list and then work on getting rid of the things on it!
3. What problems or challenges could I be facing in the future?
Part of good management is about thinking about the kind of problems your business could be facing. The same goes for good life management. Most of life’s challenges aren’t surprises. You can reasonably predict what has a good chance of happening.
When you pay attention and spend a little time thinking about what could go wrong, you can create a plan to handle those problems if and when they come up. It’s always easier to prevent a disaster than to deal with it. Look into the future and be proactive.
4. What mistakes did I make today?
This question isn’t so you can beat yourself up over things you’ve done wrong. Think of this question as feedback, a way to make yourself better.
If you learned from every mistake and didn’t repeat it, how long would it be before you were a remarkably successful person? Not that long, right?
If you identify and correct your mistakes, how much better will your relationships be? How much better will you be at your work? Identify your mistakes and decide not to make them again.
5. What am I grateful for?
This question can really set yourself up for success by putting you in a great frame of mind. It reminds you that your life is already pretty darn good. Knowing that you have so much to be grateful for also gives you the courage to take on smart risks.
Start each day with this gratitude question. It will put you into a powerful state that you can address the world from.
6. What am I looking forward to?
How much more excited are you when you have something to look forward to? You’ll certainly feel a rush of enthusiasm when you start thinking about your plans and goals for your life.
Asking yourself this question will motivate you to take the actions you need to have the exciting future that you want.
7. What can I improve?
Nobody’s perfect. No matter how good you become, you can always improve. By using your daily feedback, you can grow and change in ways that align you with the things you want to accomplish.
The human race’s greatest ability is our ability to adapt. In what ways do you need to adapt so that your world becomes what you want it to be?
Set Yourself Up for Success Every Day
How long will it take you to ask yourself these questions every day? Five minutes? Ten? How much different would your life be if you invested five or ten minutes each day to ask these questions? Would it change your life for the better?
Used regularly, these questions will help you set yourself up for success. They will make a difference in your life. Use these questions to take control of your focus every day and watch how your life grows.