Ask Yourself These Questions for Better Results

March 25, 2019
These questions will help you get a better of understanding of where you are now and how to get where you want to go, no matter what your goals are.

If you want better results at school, at work, or in your personal life, you have to focus more on the “before” and less on the “during.” Would you jump into a pool before knowing if it’s deep enough or before checking its temperature? Probably not, right? Well, you should adopt a similar attitude when it comes to projects or goals.

When you’re facing a change, a difficult task, or a new project, the first thing you should do is ask yourself a series of questions. These questions will help you identify where you are, where you want to be, and how you’ll get there. Reflecting before you start will help you have a solid understanding of the situation.

In this article, we’ll share seven questions you can use to help you orient yourself. Asking yourself these questions before you start will make it much easier for you to get on the path to success.

“A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.”

-John Ciardi-

Why am I doing this?

It’s very important to know the reason behind whatever you’re setting out to do. Whether it’s a goal, a new habit, or a project, knowing why you’re doing it is the first question you need to ask yourself.

This is especially important because knowing the reason behind your actions can motivate you. If you don’t know why you’re doing what you’re doing, analyze this for an extra boost of energy and drive.

“Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.”

-Anthony Robbins-

A man asking himself a question.

What kind of results do I want?

If you aren’t sure of the kind of results you want, you won’t be able to plan how to get them. Identify very clearly what you want to achieve so that you can make a plan to get there.

In general, defined and tangible goals are much easier to reach than random ones.

When do I want to reach my goal?

You have to have a clear idea about when you want to achieve your goal. It’s also a good idea to write down milestones and divide big projects into stages. That will help you stay focused.

If your goal depends on many factors, you probably won’t reach your goal in the time you want. Even so, you can still measure your progress and take note of how long things are taking.

What are the possible obstacles?

You’ll run into obstacles on the path to your goals. However, if you can prepare yourself for hardship, it’ll be a lot easier to deal with it when it comes your way.

It’s not always possible to prepare yourself because many complications are completely unexpected. However, you can try to anticipate some things what will set you back to start getting ready for them.

What resources do I have?

You have to be aware of the resources you need and if they’re available to you. Some of the resources you need to think about are skills, time, money, and people, among others.

Be honest with yourself regarding what’s really available to you and don’t underestimate others’ direct or indirect involvement. That goes for personal projects as well.

How important is this project?

The attention and effort you’ll put into the project depend on how important the project is to you. Ask yourself what priority this project has in your life and think about how it might affect your other tasks.

You also need to think about the value of your project and if it’s really worth your time and money.

A woman who wants better results.

What can I do to be more effective?

This question will help you develop self-improvement strategies so you can be more productive. Using useful and effective tools to improve the quality of your work will lead to better results.

Time management is extremely useful and helpful. You’ll have to delegate tasks and prioritize the most important ones, plan efficiently, avoid multitasking, etc. Reflect on all the elements of your strategy so that everything will run smoothly.

“If you try anything, if you try to lose weight, or to improve yourself, or to love, or to make the world a better place, you have already achieved something wonderful, before you even begin. Forget failure. If things don’t work out the way you want, hold your head up high and be proud. And try again. And again. And again!”

-Sarah Dessen-