I just read this and couldn’t help posting it. Geoffrey James, in a recent Inc. article, asserts that real success – the kind that’s built on our relationships and the emotions we feel on a daily basis – can be cultivated by asking ourselves the following 10 questions at the end of each day. I’ll admit I wish there were 3 instead of 10 (let me see if I can do some pruning), since I find habits are easier to cultivate when the to-do list is smaller.
Here they are:
- Have I made certain that those I love feel loved?
- Have I done something today that improved the world?
- Have I conditioned my body to be more strong flexible and resilient?
- Have I reviewed and honed my plans for the future?
- Have I acted in private with the same integrity I exhibit in public?
- Have I avoided unkind words and deeds?
- Have I accomplished something worthwhile?
- Have I helped someone less fortunate?
- Have I collected some wonderful memories?
- Have I felt grateful for the incredible gift of being alive?
He adds, “The questions you ask yourself on a daily basis determine your focus, and your focus determines your results.” I agree. Off the cuff, I might distil them down to:
- Am I making time for those I care about?
- Am I taking care of my health?
- Am I finding ways to do good?
- Am I constantly trying to enlarge my perspective?
Can we get ’em down to 3?