January is rife with talk of becoming a better version of yourself, but the discussion usually focuses on the 12 months ahead. The issue with this long-term approach is that it places the emphasis on what you'll do one day, rather than what you'll do today.
"The time to start is today," writes Lolly Daskal, the president and CEO of Lead From Within, in an article for Business Insider. "The alternative is a sad one: to look back one day and wish you had done better."
To create a framework to challenge yourself and self-reflect, she's devised seven simple questions—one to ask each day of the week. "If you can ask them with courage, answer them with truth, and put to use what you learn from them, the next seven days will be your master class on becoming a better person," she says. Are you ready for the challenge?
Day 1: What do I sound like?
"The way you sound is the best indicator of how you think. Do you express negativity or optimism? Complacency or joy? Acceptance or judgment?" Daskal says.
Day 2: What do I still need to learn?
Learning is a lifelong pursuit. Acknowledge that there are infinite things you can learn, and the people around you can all offer a unique perspective and insight to grow your knowledge.
Day 3: How can I be more purposeful?
Living each day with purpose will help you to remain present and focused. What can you do today to be more purposeful? What do you want to achieve?
Day 4: How can I become a better role model?
"It's not about making yourself into someone you're not but about being genuine with who you are, with all your weakness and strengths, and living from that truth," Daskal says. Aspire to do every task, no matter how great or small, to the best of your ability.
Day 5: Who do I need to forgive?
Holding onto anger or resentment can provide serious emotional blockages that can appear in other areas of your life. To truly become a better person, ask who you need to forgive in order to focus on what matters.
Day 6: How can I lace everything with love?
"Give freely of yourself without expecting anything in return," she says. "Make today the day you lace everything you say and do with unconditional love. There's no greater game changer."
Day 7: How can I cultivate an attitude of gratitude?
You cannot always control what happens to you in life but you can control how you perceive and learn from it. Reflect on the week that's passed, and focus on all that you're grateful for.
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