Often personal development material focuses on goals and intentions as the keys to success. It is just as important, though, to take the time to regularly review your life. I like to do a short review of my day each night, but once a week I like to take extra time to drawback and get a bigger picture of how things are traveling.
Whilst the number of questions in this article is an arbitrary number, there is a specific purpose to making this review session weekly. The questions in this weekly review will allow you to rise above what is, in my opinion, the sometimes limiting perspective of a single day. Here then are 7 questions to end your week with:
1. What did I fail?
Hopefully something. In my opinion, failure is the price of ambition. If you are not failing regularly, there is a good chance that you are not growing.
2. What am I resisting?
Often in life there are things to be done that are important, but because they are not urgent or enjoyable we resist doing them. Try to identify what you are resisting, then tackle it early in the coming week.
3. What did I do well?
It’s so important to celebrate, or at the very least recognize, our successes. A mental pat on the back feels great, and is likely to help you do well again in the coming week.
If something didn’t work out for you this week , don’t dwell on it too much. Instead, turn in into a positive by focusing on what you can learn from the experience and how you can do better.
5. Did I live in alignment with my values and principles?
Another way to ask this question is: were you the person you want to be during the past week? If you are unclear on what exactly your values and principles are, I strongly suggest taking the time to write a personal mission statement. I am one of those people who typically skip the exercises in self-help books, but this was one I actually did and it has been life changing.
6. Did I get closer to achieving my short, medium, and long-term goals?
Often time goes so quick that you wonder where the week went. Still, it’s good to feel as if you have at least made progress towards achieving your goals. Remember, small steps can lead to big outcomes in the medium to long term.
7. What am I grateful for?
Often as human beings we get so caught up in wanting more that we forget what we have. Don’t take your friends, family, and health for granted – these are some of the most important things in life and cannot be replaced with money.