Leadership Strength – 20 questions to ask yourself weekly…
I came across these questions not knowing the author “a very powerful tool “ for evaluating your progress weekly
… so print it out! and use it for review.. you will be glad you did.
1. What did I learn last week? – If you have trouble answering this, it’s time for a change. No matter how old you are, you should learn something new every week (if not every day).
2. What was my greatest accomplishment over the past week? – Reflecting on your accomplishments is a healthy and powerful way to raise your self-confidence.
3. Which moment from last week was the most memorable and why? – This helps you keep track of special events, meaningful conversations, and important moments.
4. What’s the #1 thing I need to accomplish this week? – Establishing your number one priority before the week starts helps you stay focused on your objective all week long.
5. What can I do right now to make the week less stressful? – Set reminders on your calendar, get your laundry done, fill the car with gas…organize yourself.
6. What have I struggled with in the past that might also affect the upcoming week? – The idea here is to learn from your struggles and better equip yourself for the upcoming week.
7. What was last week’s biggest time sink? – Knowing how you wasted time during the past week can help you steer clear of distractions this week as well as in the future.
8. Am I carrying any excess baggage into the week that can be dropped? – Mental clutter, physical clutter, an unfilled obligation weighing on you, etc…
9. What have I been avoiding that needs to get done? – Sometimes we avoid important things that must get done. Calling yourself on it has a powerful way of making you take action.
10. What opportunities are still on the table? – Was there a new opportunity that surfaced last week or earlier that you haven’t gotten around to seizing? If so, this question will help you remember it.
11. Is there anyone I’ve been meaning to talk to? – For a loner like me who’d rather spend his time alone reading, researching, and writing, this question keeps me focused on the importance of regular contact with important associates and ensures I solve problems before they fester.
12. Is there anyone who deserves a big “Thank You”? – There’s always someone to thank – sometimes we just need to be reminded of it. And thanking a person each week will do wonders for your relationships.
13. How can I help someone else this coming week? – It’s easy to become myopic about your own goals. This question reminds you it’s important to seek out opportunities to help those around you with their goals too.
14. What are my top 3 goals for the next 3 years? – This helps keep you conscious of what really matters. It’s easy to lose focus (at least it is for me) if you’re not constantly reminded.
15. Have any of my recent actions moved me closer to my goals? – This is just a check-in question. If your answer is no, you’ll know you need to make some changes immediately.
16. What’s the next step for each goal? – If you don’t know the next step to accomplishing your goals, you can’t take any actions that will get you closer to achieving them.
17. What am I looking forward to during the upcoming week? – This question will keep you motivated. If you can’t think of anything, you should immediately schedule something that you can look forward to.
18. What are my fears? – By consciously surfacing your fears each week, you’ll be able to better do the personal work needed to resolve them. Often it’s about taking baby steps, small actions that help you push your fears aside.
19. What am I most grateful for? – While I recommend you do this every day, you can highlight one thing each week that really stood out from your daily lists.
20. If I knew I only had one week to live, who would I spend my time with? – This is a helpful reminder for me that life is short and if someone is on my list I should be spending time with them.