10 Questions to Ask Yourself

questionI 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:

  1. Have I made certain that those I love feel loved?
  2. Have I done something today that improved the world?
  3. Have I conditioned my body to be more strong flexible and resilient?
  4. Have I reviewed and honed my plans for the future?
  5. Have I acted in private with the same integrity I exhibit in public?
  6. Have I avoided unkind words and deeds?
  7. Have I accomplished something worthwhile?
  8. Have I helped someone less fortunate?
  9. Have I collected some wonderful memories?
  10. 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:

  1. Am I making time for those I care about?
  2. Am I taking care of my health?
  3. Am I finding ways to do good?
  4. Am I constantly trying to enlarge my perspective?

Can we get ’em down to 3?