Ask yourself critical questions on the way to success.
There is no set way to become successful, no guide. You don’t have to emulate every single thing that a successful person, such as reach the same books, listen to the same podcasts, watch the same movies. However, it doesn’t hurt to pick and choose certain rituals that many successful people do and apply them to yourself. Questions, for example, are a great way to probe deeper into your thoughts and mind and find out what you can do to be a better employee/manager/etc. Asking yourself questions is a way to criticize yourself and find out what you can do better. These questions are a great place to start.
What decisions can I stop making?
To put it simply, making decisions takes time and energy. If you can minimize the number of decisions that you have to make in any given day, it gives you more time and energy to focus elsewhere. Take Mark Zuckerburg, for example. In a recent interview, he was asked why he always wears the same grey shirt. Zuckerburg responded with a similar response of how getting rid of the decision of what to wear each morning saves him valuable time that can be spent elsewhere.
What is today’s most important goal?
You probably have a large schedule that you work off of on day to day basis. There are lots of things to get done. Being able to prioritize these things is an invaluable skill, and one that all successful people have. When you start a day, think of the single goal that needs to be accomplished that day. If you keep that goal in mind, you will be more productive throughout the day to reach that goal.
What am I afraid of?
Being able to conquer your fears is a step towards becoming successful. The road to success is not an easy one—you will come across obstacles that will be hard to deal with and overcome. Being able to identify these obstacles ahead of time, at least to the best of your ability, will give you the chance to find solutions before the obstacles arise. If you can identify what you are actively afraid of, you should also be able to come up with a strategy for how you are attempting to move past those fears.
What are my weaknesses?
If you want to be successful, you can’t lie to yourself. Of course, you should already know your strengths. But you should also be able to truthfully identify what your weaknesses are. Once you know what they are, you can take the steps needed to remedy them. Think about the tactic for a job interview, where the interviewer asks what your weaknesses are. You shouldn’t lie or talk about weaknesses that are actually strengths (i.e. I’m too detail-oriented). You should talk about challenges that you face in your career, and the steps you are taking to get rid of those weaknesses.
Are the people around me supportive?
You are only as strong and successful as the people you surround yourself with. If you take notice of successful people, their inner-circle typically consists of other people that are equally, if not more, successful. If you surround yourself with people that are unsupportive or destructive, they are likely to bring you down with them.