Did you do your best today to be the type of person that you want to be, and did you do your best to make the kinds of decisions today that will take your life towards the kind of life you would like to live tomorrow?
Imagine those words staring back at you at the end of each day on a page of paper that you must answer each night before you go to bed.
Measure each day not by failure or success but by gradual improvement. If at the end of the day you are better, if you learned something, or if you have become a better person, then the day was a success. Try to think more of these small daily improvements and eventually you will achieve great victories.
Using questions like these can have innumerable benefits for us in our daily lives and it can help lead us into the type of life that we want to live.
There are few questions more important than these in life: What type of person do I want to be? AND What type of life do I want to live?
Answer these questions and suddenly each moment takes on a new and powerful meaning…each day becomes not a time where we get lost in momentary pleasures and instant gratification, but it becomes a proving ground where we decide if we will take one step closer to becoming the person we desire to be, or if we will take another step away from that person.
This is the power of daily questions: daily questions force you to look back at your day and ask if who you were today will help make you into who you want to be tomorrow.
The truth is that most of us tend to live life with the crazy idea that the point of life is just to have fun, experience things, and try to be a good person.
Many of us realize that to get what we want we need to work hard and set goals, and yet few of us actually do these things when it comes to our actual lives.
Just like a business without a business plan will probably fail to make profits, we will often fail to achieve anywhere near our potential in life unless we decide what we want and then ensure that our actions each day will create it.
Fun and enjoyment certainly have their place, but if each moment is spent in search of immediate happiness, then the happiness you seek will forever evade you.
A life is a compounded effort- it isn’t inherited or found, it is created moment by moment. Who we are is far too often allowed to be random- subject to the all too fleeting decisions of each moment, and based upon how we feel or what we desire right now.
Each and every single moment, action, decision, and behavior get strung together over time: this creates who we are and it forms the foundation for our lives. In this way the person that you are today will determine the person that you are tomorrow, and over time that will define who you were in your entire life.
The bad habits that run your day today are the same bad habits that will cause you to look back on life with regret years from now. So you have 3 choices: block it all out and live for the moment seeking instant gratification, acknowledge that there is something greater you want in life but never make it into a reality, or CHANGE.
Sitting around wishing and thinking about what needs to change will never produce change, and that is where daily questions find their effectiveness…in the fact that a question at the end of each day forces us to acknowledge that we did or did not do what was required of us to produce the things that we want in life.
Did you take action or not? Did you do what it takes or not? Did you make the right decisions today or not?
What could be more simple than this?
But trust me, I didn’t come up with this idea myself, it’s been used for hundreds of years by all kinds of successful people.
One example? Ben Franklin
Ben Franklin had 13 virtues that he chose to live his life by, and he graded himself on how he lived those vitrues each day in a notebook. Did he become exactly the person he wanted to be? Here is what he had to say about it…
“On the whole, though I never arrived at the perfection I had been so ambitious of obtaining, but fell far short of it, yet as I was, by the endeavor, a better and a happier man than I otherwise should have been had I not attempted it”― Benjamin Franklin
It is far better to have tried and failed than to never have tried at all
At the end of the day isn’t that what we REALLY want, just to look back and see ourselves making better choices, living lives more in alignment with our ambitions, and taking steps throughout the day today to make tomorrow better place to be?
Try asking yourself some questions of your own at the end of each day and see if are living up to the types of daily behaviors that you know you should be engaging in.
If you want to get healthier ask yourself: Did I do my best to eat healthy foods, did I do my best to be active and make it to the gym, did I do my best to get 7-8 hours of sleep at night, or did I do my best to find 30 minutes in the day to practice meditation or relaxation techniques?
At the end of the day you have to answer honestly…did you do your best or not. Sure there will be factors that come up each day, some things will be out of your control, but you still must answer did you do your best?
If you can go to sleep each night knowing you did your best, then you will almost definitely be a huge success over time, you will be more content, happier, and more deeply fulfilled…
but if your performance each day is not in alignment with what you want then you will be FORCED to realize that unless you change you will not get what you want. Every single day you will see the same answer over and over again: No, No, NO.
Eventually you might realize that today is the day to change… not tomorrow.
Tomorrow will never come…because the key to change is today.
So try creating some daily questions on your own, but be sure to focus on creating questions that don’t focus on results, but focus instead on if you gave your best effort.
When you ask yourself: Did I make 1000 dollars today? You can answer in any way you want, you can say that you failed because your car broke down, or your cat died, or you didn’t get any sleep last night.
But, when you ask yourself: Did I do my best to make 1000 dollars today? There is only one answer left to give: the truth.
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