An excerpt rom my book, 99 Powerful Questions for Business Owners and Leaders.
Question 2, Which activities in your daily, weekly and monthly routine do you enjoy the least?
Think about your current role at home and at work. What comprises your absolute best day? On what days do you wake up before your alarm because you are so excited to start work? Imagine all the details of the day. What are you doing? Who are you with? How do you feel? Why are you so energized? Describe the activities you enjoy in as much detail as possible. (This is part of the 1st question which you can read here…)
On your hardest days, what is happening? What days make you press snooze on your alarm because you dread what’s ahead of you? What are you doing? Who are you with? How do you feel? Why is your energy so drained? Describe the activities you are doing in as much detail as possible.
Things to consider:
Did you discover any insights about yourself as you compared the two different types of activities? How often do you find yourself in each type of activity or function? What could all areas of your life look like if you were able to spend more of your time in activities you enjoy versus activities you don’t enjoy? What prevents you from restructuring your activities?
Take time to dive deeper into your answers. Often, our initial answers just scratch the surface. Really think through what you like about your workdays and what you dislike. Which activities make you come alive and which ones drain you of energy? What details do you know about each situation that alters how you show up mentally, emotionally, or performance-wise?
Now consider your role in each scenario. What role are you playing? Is it the situation or the role itself that you like or dislike? Who else is participating in the activity and what are they doing to influence how you choose to show up? There are many subtle details buried in every situation that will ultimately influence how you feel and act in the moment. Be sure you understand clearly what you are actually reacting to in your analysis of your days.
The more details you provide, the more likely you are to reach clarity. The key is to trust yourself and believe that the details you discover about what is best for you are a good thing. Resist the tendency to “massage” the edges to make yourself fit into something that is not truly ideal for you. Trust that your best day is possible and available for you.
I hope you enjoyed this excerpt from my book. 99PQ was written because I believe that the best questions get us the best answers. I challenge myself consistently with asking myself how I can do my days better. Better for my loved ones, better for my work team, better for those I influence. I invite you to join me as I go through all 99 questions and their powerful answers here on my blog.
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