When it comes to staying on the positive end of the spectrum to growth and expansion, many people think that high performers have a secret that the majority doesn't possess.

However, their success isn't rooted in secrets and life hacks. It's rooted in a focus on systems and daily habits which removes the reliance on luck or motivation.

One of the daily habits that keep you performing at a high level is to ask yourself a series of questions nightly to keep you on the right trajectory to your desired destination.

With that said, here are five questions to ask yourself nightly so you can win the next day along with the days afterward.

1. Did I treat my health like an investment or an expense?

Starting with this question is important because your health lies in the center of everything else in your life. If you're not properly addressing your well being, then you'll be cognitively, physically, and emotionally affected which lessens your ability to perform and make an impact.

As you're assessing your well-being behaviors for the day, think about how your mental state was along with your emotional world. Lastly, assess your food choices for the day along with your activity.

Schedule time for exercising and healthy eating. In addition to those activities, schedule time for your mental and emotional world such as meditation and being around people who lift you up.

2. Was I of service to anyone today?

Before obsessing over grossing a million dollars, building up a huge following, or any other goal for yourself, think about how you can be of service to someone. After all, read any old-school personal development book and you'll notice that the secret to success lies in your ability to help others.

The more you give, the more that comes back your way. Scarcity thinking leads to a dead end to your potential. Don't place an invisible ceiling on yourself by being selfish.

Each day, make it a goal to be of service to a minimum of one person. This doesn't always mean giving money. Sometimes, it can be through lending a set of ears to someone who needs an outlet to speak or something as simple as checking up on someone to see how they're doing.

3. Did I further my vision by at least one percent today?

This question is valuable because it allows you to get into a state of abundance and gratitude. One potential and underrated risk of ambition is neglecting to acknowledge the progress that has been made.

Without awareness of where you've been and where you currently are, it's easy to lose perspective which leads to your self-worth potentially being affected. To prevent this, pause nightly and acknowledge the growth that has already happened.

For example, you wrote 1000 words today toward your book. That's a success and places you at least one percent closer to the goal of a completed book.

Daily incremental progress is how momentum is given birth which leads to monumental feats down the road.

4. What are my three biggest rocks to complete tomorrow?

Without creating a plan of what to focus on for the next day, you run the risk of doing busy work instead of meaningful work.

Identifying your three big rocks for the next day allows you to have direction, clarity, and diffuse any potential feelings of overwhelm.

To identify your biggest rocks for tomorrow, ask yourself "If I don't get anything else done tomorrow, what are three actions that could move me closer to my vision and goals?"

5. What's my biggest obstacle right now?

Assessing where your life currently sits both professional and personally nightly is a good practice because this allows you to audit yourself and unravel the true obstacles that are standing in your way.

For example, if someone has a problem with not getting to the gym consistently because of a lack of time, their biggest obstacle is actually a lack of prioritization due to a lack of organization. Knowing this, an effective step for them is to investigate their schedule and identify areas where time is being wasted along with assessing their thought process around exercise.

High performance and getting more done comes down to gaining clarity and understanding your own psychology.

Published on: Nov 21, 2017