What should we do to make progress?

Do you want to get better? Then ask yourself these questions (every week)

Getting better - a desire that drives so many. In their job in particular, many strive to do their jobs better, to develop their skills, to take on more responsibility, to develop personally and professionally, and to pursue a career. The desire itself is a good place to start, but it is not enough to actually make a change. So how do you get better? In short: through self reflection. Or more simply: through ask. It is important to deal again and again (self-critically) with the current situation, with (supposed) successes or defeats as well as your own goals - and then act accordingly. The following questions should therefore not only be asked today in order to improve, but ideally every week ...

➠ Content: This is what awaits you

➠ Content: This is what awaits you

Why is it so hard to question yourself?

Are you supposed to get better with a few questions? For some, the performance may be calling Skepticism and doubt emerged. They associate improvement hard work and lots of practicethat is necessary to make progress.

Of course that's a correct way too, but it assumes that you know what you are working on, what for and what for. There is a nice bon mot:

It would be unwise to climb the corporate ladder only to find that you've leaned it against the wrong wall.

So-called Reflection questions take over the function of Guard rails. They give us orientation, guide us on our way (or back on it) and at the same time serve as a gauge of how much we have already achieved and how much we have covered.

So actually very easy. But then unfortunately it is not ...

Reflection can give impetus for improvement - but it often costs too Effort and overcoming. Just the time you have to take for it (and with yourself) scares off some. There is also another point: honesty.

If you question yourself regularly, you should don't fool yourself, otherwise you can safely save yourself the trouble. If you only want to hear when you talk to yourself, we Great he or she can also enjoy constant applause from the Internet. Benefit: zero.

And that also makes it so difficult to question yourself:

  • It feels uncomfortable.

    Hardly anyone is used to self-critically questioning their own situation. It just feels weird to ask yourself relentless questions that you may never have had to be so consciously asked in your entire life.

  • Many are afraid of the answer.

    The answers to some questions are simply uncomfortable and we often try to deny or suppress such knowledge for as long as possible. Questions for reflection always stir up fear of finding out things about us that one might not even want to know.

Nevertheless, you should face the challenges - it's worth it. A serious and above all honest discussion with our life, our job, our goals ALWAYS leads to personal growth. And you get better - inevitably. Promised..

These are the questions you should ask yourself every week to get better

The first question to ask yourself is: What do I want to improve?

Only when you know what you actually want to work on can you change something and set a process in motion. In order for this to be successful and to really improve yourself, there are other questions that you should ask yourself ideally put weekly. In this way, you not only learn a lot about your current professional situation, but also learn at which points and in which areas there is still potential.

Accordingly, these seven questions can help you get better:

  1. What do I want to achieve this week?

    Anyone who wants to get better needs a clear goal. Ask yourself again each week what you want to achieve. This is the only way you can actually recapitulate in the end whether you have your Goals achieved and improved to have. Without this control function, the motivation to continue working on improvements is lost after a short time.

  2. What problems could I solve?

    Not everyone has what they need Self-confidencethat it takes to get better. With these Self-doubt some people stand in their own way - especially those who do not believe that they can do anything at all. Remembering which difficulties you have already solved and will be able to master in the future gives you a powerful boost. And back into your own hands.

  3. What did I waste time doing?

    Admittedly, not a pleasant question - especially for chronic ones Procrastinator. However, in retrospect, the point and the knowledge are important in order to be able to act differently in the future and to use one's time better. Understanding when and why you tend to waste time will help improve your business Self management improve.

  4. What was the most annoying thing about me?

    A customer, a colleague or maybe even about yourself? In order to get better, it can be important to own Questioning emotions: Which situation upset you - and above all: Why? In this way you learn to deal better with unpleasant experiences and experiences and to process negative emotions better - including setbacks, mistakes and defeats.

  5. What gave me the most pleasure?

    What applies to anger, frustration and anger also applies to positive emotions: Identifying what is fun and enjoyable not only lifts the mood and increases motivation. It also helps you get better because your Recognize passions and talents in it can. And maybe you should improve in the very areas that you enjoy anyway.

  6. What difficulties might arise?

    The better you at that Hurdles prepared that you may encounter along the way, the easier it is to overcome them. A little foresight is required here so that you actually get better. Think about which stones could be put in your way - this will avoid nasty surprises and you can rely on the progress focus.

  7. What do I want to change?

    A particularly difficult question, since many changes with some inconvenient consequences and losses accompanied. A job change may lead to a financial dry spell; in order to resolve conflicts, you have to speak face to face with those affected ... As the saying goes: It has to get worse before it can get better. But sometimes there is no way around changing things To enable improvements at all. So stay honest with yourself and ask yourself what you would change - no matter how pleasant that is. Then it is important to assess the risk and take the necessary step.

We wish a lot Success in the reflection exercise and your personal development journey.

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January 28, 2019Author: Jochen Mai

Jochen Mai is the founder and editor-in-chief of the career bible. The author of several books lectures at the TH Köln and is a sought-after keynote speaker, coach and consultant.

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