5 Questions To Make You 5 Times As Successful

Are you stuck in misery yet refuse to admit it? Is your life unbalanced? Are you expecting too much out of life while at the same time lacking discipline and appreciation for what you already have?

Why put yourself though the struggle and effort of achievement if you life is going to be out of balance? There is no point! Without commitment for what you want most, and gratitude for what you already have, you’ll never know the true joy of success because nothing will ever change, and even when it does, it will never be good enough in your mind.

So how do you achieve or find balance in life when everything is already so far out of kilter?

Here are five questions that most successful people ask themselves every day. By asking yourself these questions on a daily basis, and by making your daily decisions consciously, you can completely change the entire course of your life starting at this moment.

Are you focusing on the right things?

At any point in time, there are probably 1000’s of things competing for your time, energy, and attention. The truth is that all of these things fall into two categories: the things that matter and are important, and the things that don’t and aren’t.

You will never get more done by just blindly working harder and putting in more hours against anything that comes up. You get more done when you follow plans and track priorities and progress. If you want to be more successful and less stressed, don’t ask how to make something more efficient until you’ve first asked, “Do I need to do this at all?”

Is your mindset in the positive or in the negative?

Your energy flows right along where your mind goes. Which do you focus on more, what you have in your life or what is missing in your life?

I’m sure you think about both polarities, but if you study and watch your thoughts, what do you spend the most time thinking about? If you scrutinize your habitual thoughts, what do you tend to spend more time dwelling on? The positives or the negatives?

Work on developing a habit of appreciating what you have can create a new level of emotional well-being and strength. The real question is: do you take time to truly feel deeply grateful?

Think of your brain as a radio transmitter. It broadcasts thoughts, directions and vibrations into your life – and in turn, it receives everything back on that same frequency. It is up to you to choose the station it’s tuned to. Successful and happy people understand this concept and make an effort to tune out the negative in order to tune into the positive

Are you taking your challenges in life personally?

I was once told that things don’t happen to us, they just happen. Period. How you define the meaning of the things that happen in life also controls the quality of your life. Just like we may unknowingly focus on the negatives, the same can be said about how we attach our meanings to life’s events. For example…

  • When something unplanned happens that disrupts your life (an illness, the end of a relationship, a job loss, etc.), do you tend to think that this is the end or the beginning?
  • If someone confronts or challenges you, is that person insulting you, or trying to help you?
  • Does a big problem mean that the universe is punishing you or out to get you? Isn’t it quite possible that this problem isn’t really a problem at all, but maybe an opportunity instead?

Here’s the deal: When something negative happens in life then embrace it as a chance to learn something or to grow. Use those lessons and new strength to move on a take a step forward.

Choose to find an empowering meaning in any event, and the best will always be yours for the taking.

What will you do next to move ahead?

Most people just talk about it… successful people just quietly get it done

You cannot change anything or make any sort of real-world progress without taking action. There’s a huge difference between knowing how to do something and actually doing it. Every day is an opportunity to learn and every day we have the choice to apply those lessons in life.

“It is not enough to have knowledge, one must also apply it.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is no such thing as the “right time” or the “right day” or the “right circumstances.” You can only get things done in the present moment so constantly ask yourself what you will do next to get ahead.

Which “carrots” do you need to stay motivated?

We all need reminders, reinforcements (sometimes even negative reinforcement) to stay motivated and on track. Nothing in life that is good comes easy it seems so when the going tough we often take the easy way out – even though the easy usually way takes us the wrong way, backwards.

Think of moments when you are most likely to give in to impulses that take you farther away or distract you from your goals. Feel free to use tangible reminders of those goals to interrupt that impulse and keep you on track. Tape reminders to your mirrors, record your progress and successes each day in a journal. Promise yourself a reward at the end of the week for all of your hard work and consistent effort. It can be something as simple as a trip to a coffee shop to quietly sit and read a book in peace. Whatever it takes!

If you find yourself losing focus and getting off of track ask yourself what you need to keep going and then follow through for yourself.

And that’s it…

Use these five questions daily and your success will multiply. For extra motivation, seek a role model or mentor who are not only living the life that you want to live but who have achieved the success that you after also. Having a mentor or even a coach in this manner can unlock massive amounts of motivation. After all, if they could do it, so can you!

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado

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