Hi Gorgie Beans!
So I read this fabulous book “Triggers” by world renowned business coach Marshall Goldsmith in Bali recently. Goldsmith makes a killing globally, working with executives (even presidents!) and helping them naturally create habits around self monitoring and achievement. Now I won’t get all grade 11 book report on you, and do an in-depth summary. I don’t purposely try to bore you… BUT, I do want to share one of the biggest pieces of the book with you, his Daily Questions:
Goldsmith religiously answers a set of active questions, called Daily Questions, every night. The idea is that by rating yourself every day on a set of behavioural questions from 1-10, you will more easily create a lasting habit around it. You see your progress (and challenges) on the goals you set daily, rather than as a depressing and impossible lump sum.
However, to enact meaningful and insightful change, Daily Questions must be active, not passive. When we ask ourselves passive questions it becomes easy to have excuses. “Did I get to work on time? No.” can easily be met with “well, there was traffic” or “it’s not my fault, my alarm didn’t ring”. Whereas if you ask “Did I do my best to get to work on time? ” you become directly responsible for the alarm and the planning for traffic. We must place responsibility on ourselves to instil the habit
e.g. passive questions: Did I find meaning today? / Did I make progress on work?
e.g. active questions: Did I do my best today to find meaning? / Did I do my best today to make progress on work?
Something else interesting Goldsmith does is share his ratings of his Daily Questions to an assistant he hired for that purpose. Except we can’t all hire an assistant to help us become better people… Nonetheless, we can definitely link up with fellow bosses and check in with each other. Sharing your progress with another human being is an enormous motivator!
Which gets me to the begging.
LET’S DO THE DAMNED THING!
Be my Daily Questions buddy! I’m looking to get a fellow blogger to join me in exchanging our Daily Questions answers, and support each other through the process. If you want to try this technique out with me and see if we can download some positive habits, e-mail me firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s do the damned thing! xx