Guest Post by Paul Sloane

Here are five short questions that you should ask yourself at the end of every day.  They might help you to become a better and more successful person:

1.  What was the best thing that happened to me today?

What was it that made you particularly proud, happy or grateful? Was there a moment of joy or accomplishment?

Relive the feeling for an instant. We want more of those moments in our lives so let’s just think about something really positive and build on that.  Too often we take good things for granted. We should enjoy them and be grateful. This question helps us to be positive, happy and appreciative.

2. What could I have done better today?

What lessons can you learn from the day’s experiences? What mistake did you make that you will avoid in the future? How could you have handled a situation or conversation better? Think about ways to improve in this area in the future.

3.  What is the most important thing I must accomplish tomorrow?

What is the single task which will make the biggest difference? If you have a to-do list then this item will be on there,  probably at the top. Think about how you are going to get this done early in the day. This question will help you focus on what is essential.

4.  What new thing can I try tomorrow?

Life is a journey of discovery. We need to keep trying new things every day, no matter our age. What new approach or experience can you try?

5.  Who is the most important person (or most important people) in my life and what am I doing for them?

Focus on someone you love — your partner, child, parent or other loved one. Have you told them and shown them how much you care? What can you do for them tomorrow to help, delight, and surprise them? We can be so busy that we neglect the most important people in our lives. This question can get you back on track.

That’s it. Five simple but powerful questions that can help you to improve your life. Try asking them before you go to bed tonight!

Paul Sloane is an author and public speaker on lateral thinking and innovation.  Paul’s website:  destination-innovation.com  You can follow Paul on twitter at:  @paulsloane  For more ideas try How to be a Brilliant Thinker by Paul Sloane

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