Speedy self-growth is just 6 questions away…
Self-growth is often the most spoken about, but personally the most neglected aspect, due to various reasons, the most common being lack of time. However, if we can take some time out and invest in understanding ourselves better, the ROI is going to be unbelievably high. If you have been wanting to start this journey within, but have been struggling to get to a starting point, begin by asking yourself the following six questions:
Q 1: If I have to think of one most important skill that I lack, what would it be?
We all have strengths and weaknesses. While some of us are able to deal with our weaknesses, some others find them so overwhelming that it impedes success. For example, you may excellent with documentation, but speaking to new people may cause jitters, which limits your visibility and growth. You may lack the creativity required to excel at your role, or so you may think. Ponder a while and identify that one skill that you really wish to work on. The mere realization will make you feel better.
Q 2: What are my greatest strengths?
Make a list of your greatest strengths. The list will be motivating enough for you to propel towards growth and success. Our weaknesses might hold us back, but our strengths can determine how high we can rise. Weaknesses are like a boat anchor while strengths are like the motor. You can also get feedback from your near and dear ones.
Q 3: Do I come in the way of my own success?
Unknowingly, we may be indulging in critical and destructive self-talk, and garnering fears that stop us from realizing our true potential. For example, while all of us yearn for success, we often fear the change that comes with it. We therefore prefer staying in our comfort zone, and continue wishing for success.
Q 4: If I could go back in time and undo an action, what would that be?
The idea here is not to regret, but look back into our past and identify any behaviours, habits or beliefs that we have adopted in our early life that have become an ingrained pattern, which hampers our progress. When we look at our lives in retrospect, we may be able to point out and thereby make necessary changes in the patterns, so that we better ourselves.
Q 5: Whom or what do I blame for my shortcomings?
You may not have had the ideal childhood, and may not have had a guide to help you distinguish right from wrong, but you are what you are because you are the author of your life. Regardless of the gravity of the situations in your life, it is your responsibility to deal with them. This knowledge is actually great news because now you see that you don’t have to rely on someone else in order to move forward!
Q 6: What do I wish to see written as my epitaph?
An epitaph is the inscription on the tombstone. What would you like to be known for? Complete the following line… Here lies (your name) who ____________________________. This will help you set an overall life goal and work towards it. Are you currently living in a manner that supports that vision?
Questions are a useful tool. The answers can give you greater insight and clarity. If you’re feeling lost or frustrated, utilize the power of questions to continue your self-growth journey.
You are, and will always be, in charge of your life. So navigate your way towards your goals, and enjoy the sweet taste of success.
If you find it challenging to seek answers to the above questions, or require further help in dealing with the answers, I will be happy to help you. I am a certified Success Coach, and my passion is to work with individuals to help them achieve their goals and aspirations. Just send me an email me directly on firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can schedule one coaching session of 60 minutes, absolutely free!