Because it’s time for holiday cheer and celebration, I thought it only appropriate, to offer you a savory smorgasbord of success... A bountiful buffet of brilliance... A plentiful plethora of possibilities... Okay, okay, you obviously get the idea. (It’s just that, this time of year, alliterative food metaphors seem to work so well!) So, here are three delectable dishes!
A great eight!
While I always stress the importance of asking others great questions, here are a Great Eight to politely challenge and inspire you:
1. Let’s imagine, we walk out together, into your future for ___ years. When you look back at that time, what would you have liked to accomplish? With you? Your family? Your career? Your business?
2. If anything in your world or future, could come true, what would that include?
3. What would you most like to change in your life? How willing are you to make these changes? When will you make them?
4. What’s your biggest piece of unfinished business? Personally? Professionally? What steps will you take to finish it?
5. What brings you the greatest happiness? How are you going to make sure you have more of that happiness in your life?
6. What kind of resources could be redirected to achieve your goals?
7. What activities, experiences, events or moments, would make your life complete? What steps will you take to make these things happen?
8. And perhaps, the most challenging question... What’s the risk of doing nothing?
Ascend, my friend!
More than 10 years ago, while traveling on a chilly morning in Norfolk, Virginia, inspiration hit... and I wrote the following:
What hurdles are high, what stands in your way? What obstacles might challenge you today? The barriers, the pitfalls... they will always exist, So pursue and destroy them, don’t you dare resist. For you’ll soon discover and unequivocally find, That the real power is within your mind. So confront your battles, there’s no time for remorse, Let positive thoughts help chart your new course.
Hardship and hurt may attack with surprise, But the only tragedy is if you choose not to rise. Along your journey, you may hear rejection, But your only foe is your own reflection. Listen to your heart, you have much to learn. You have lives to influence and success to earn. Be your most ardent supporter, your own best friend, and the ladder of life, you will always ascend. (From Jeff’s best selling: “Carpe A.M. • Carpe P.M./Seize Your Destiny!”)
A coat worth wearing.
When our son, Chad, was a high school freshman, he had an interesting assignment: to create a family coat of arms, similar to the ones designed in medieval Europe. To stir Chad’s creative juices, the instructions prompted him and his classmates with some dynamite questions that also have direct applicability to you. And they’re a perfect complement, to the preceding Great Eight.
What am I doing with my life? How am I in control of the direction of my life? How is my life making a difference? What is my best characteristic? What do I regard as the most important thing in the world? What is a personal motto or saying I live by? What is my greatest personal achievement? What will become my next great achievement? What is something about which I would never budge? What is something I am striving to become or be?
These are really fun and revealing questions to ask your: self, team leaders, potential new hires, friends and family. Look forward to seeing your coat of arms!
Jeff Blackman is a speaker, author, success coach, broadcaster and lawyer who lives part-time on Marco Island. His clients call him a “business-growth specialist.” Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or go to jeffblackman.com to subscribe to his free e-letter.