Monday, January 8, 2018

Dr. Faulkner: 50 Tough Questions

I’ve written before about things I’ve learned from Inc.com and the magazine for entrepreneurs that they publish.  A recent post on their website was “50 Tough Question You Never Ask Yourself, But Should.” 

The article address the New Year Resolution theme and suggests that rather than make commitments that are forgotten or abandoned in 30 days or less, that you should ask yourself some tough questions and set goals based on the answer to these questions.  As expected, many are about business.  For example #20, “What do I need to grow my business, but don’t have?

But many are more introspective.  The article offers the quote from Carl Jung, “Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.  Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”  I encourage you to read the entire list at the link above, but here a few of my favorites.

#1.       What is my ideal definition of success?
#2.       Is this definition well-rounded, to include all of the important aspects of my life?
#5.       Do I feel good about the way I treat the most important people in my life?  (My addition to this one would be, “Who are the most important people in my life?”
#10.     What are three things I want to pay closer attention to in 2018?
#19.     What is the single, most significant change I can make in 2018?
#24.     What would I be risking if I did some of the things that are outside of my comfort zone?
#26.     On a scale of 1-10, how optimal is my self-care?
#33.     Do I acknowledge and celebrate my wins, even the smaller ones?
#39.     If someone were to observe the inner workings of my business, would my values and a healthy culture be visible to them?  (Of course this is geared to business owners but it definitely applies to our lives and work.)
#45.     When was the last time I had a good laugh?
And perhaps my favorite:
#49.     Am I living my passion? (If the answer to this one is no, then the next questions should be, “What is keeping from my passion and what can I do to make the change?”

Happy New Year to all!

-Dr. Faulkner

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