For some, success seems to come easy. For others, it appears to be forever elusive. Many think success comes from knowing all the answers. In truth, most highly successful people got there by asking the right questions.
People everyday have important choices to make -- forks in the road if you will. Many of these choices will be made automatically if the decisions are never actually considered. The default path more often than not leads away from success.
Incredibly successful people understand that they control their own destiny and that the best way to do that is to ask themselves questions that reveal the right path. Here are the telling questions they ask regularly.
1. Should I be doing this?
Many ambitious people and entrepreneurs are quick to jump on opportunities. Often they are too quick wasting hours and energy on projects that will never be successful or bring reasonable return on effort invested. Incredibly successful people understand the precious value of time and resources. They know they can only do so much with what they have, so they look for reasons to conserve.
2. What is truly my top priority?
A scattered mind is unproductive. Each day, incredibly successful people figure out the one thing they need to accomplish that day and focus their efforts on it. They take into consideration the surrounding circumstances to make sure completion is favorable. If they are productive and finish the objective early in the day, they can look to the next priority.
3. Will this approach achieve my long-term goals?
Shortsightedness can keep you chasing dreams until the day you die. Incredibly successful people want to achieve, not just dream, so they spend time deciding on a preferred future and set a plan to achieve it. They can then easily assess the day's opportunities against the goal and the plan.
4. How can I be more effective?
There are many blocks to productivity. The biggest one is complacency. Incredibly successful people always want to be more effective learners, thinkers, communicators, and leaders. They are focused on constant improvement. They leave good enough for everyone else.
5. How can I make this fun?
It's nearly impossible to make everything fun, but nearly everything has the possibility of being fun for someone. And nearly everyone given the choice would like to have fun with what they do. Incredibly successful people always look for the fun in the day. They know how to smile and laugh and want to get the most from life each and every day.
6. How will I rest my brain today?
Physical work can be taxing, but hard brainwork takes its toll in physical, mental, and emotional ways. Incredibly successful people give their all mentally and need to regenerate constantly. They use relaxation techniques, naps, and meditation to make sure they have plenty of thinking power available whenever it's required.
7. Is this good for my body?
Physical complications can draw focus and energy from important efforts. Incredibly successful people know they need their body in good condition to stay actively engaged in their pursuits. They commit to a healthy life and self-correct when things get out of whack.
8. Who else can handle this?
Major successes never happen in a vacuum. There are always dedicated and passionate people involved. They work as a team to support the vision. Incredibly successful people cultivate these teams and delegate so everyone is focused on his or her highest and best use.
9. Did I make people feel good today?
Accomplishment without generosity and gratitude is hollow and sad. Incredibly successful people feel successful only when others share in the joy and credit of accomplishment.