Over the years, I’ve written lots on how to set up the day, how to set goals, how to be focused. And yet, I have never shared this little secret.
Every morning I write down the answer to 3 questions in my journal. Nothing special about that, you might think. I’d agree (although only around 3% of people write a daily journal, and an action plan for the day ahead).
A short while ago, I changed the wording and essence of the second question, and I’ve found all three now have even more impact in framing the day ahead.
I’ll get to the actual questions shortly.
But first, it’s worth explaining that there’s a difference in the impact of a question like:
“What do you want to be true in 25 years/ 3 years/ 3 months/ 7 days/ end of today?”
as opposed to simply asking “What do you want to achieve in x/ y/ z?”
The answers create an authenticity, a congruency that is far more motivating, compelling, and value-driven. It’s about what you are experiencing rather than acquiring. What you are being rather than just having.
There’s also a genuine reality, true desire, rather than mere day-dreaming.
So, when you ask yourself, “What do I want to be true by the end of 2019?” there is a sense of being there at the end of the year and looking at what fulfils you, rather than just looking for things to achieve/ change/ have in 2019.
And so, here is My Morning 3×3:
- What 3 things am I most grateful for today?
- What 3 new things do I want to be true at the end of today?
- What are my 3 action-achievement goals for today?
The wording of these questions is very carefully chosen, as you might imagine. The answers must be instant. Many people, at first, think the answers to question 2 and 3 will be the same. But that’s not so… look at them again. Try it out for yourself, and then you’ll see.