Create Your Own Success Story By Asking Yourself These Questions

Even if you’re not quite where you want to be, you still have a history of success. You’ve graduated high school, done well on a test, lost weight, had a great friendship, or otherwise set and achieved some sort of goal. By analyzing your past successes, you can find a lot of clues about how you best work and what you can do to set yourself up for future success.

The Problem With Everyone Else

I recommend mining your own past for success stories because not everyone works in the same manner. You may read a book about adopting a low-carb diet and loses 20 lbs. In two weeks. Wonderful! But right next to it on the bookstore shelf is a high-carb, low-fat diet that promises the same thing. And right next to that is the Zone diet, which is next to the Raw Foods Diet, which is next to… well, you get the picture.

Focus On Your Own Success Patterns

Not everyone’s body is the same. Not everyone’s brain is the same. Nor is your motivation, history, goals, or personality. That’s why looking at your own history will be a huge clue as to how you can replicate your own patterns of success.

Here’s some power questions to ask yourself:

  • When did I set this goal? Did I consciously set it, or was it an unconscious goal?

  • How analytical was I in charting out my path?

  • What kinds of obstacles and challenges arose, and how did I handle them?

  • Who helped me along the way? What specifically did they do to assist me? (Concrete skills, advice, sounding board, cheerleading…?)

  • Was I accountable to someone along the way? Who and how?

  • Did I track my progress? How?

  • If I were going to give someone else advice about how I achieved Goal X, what would I say?

  • If I were to go after this goal again, the one thing that I would do differently to speed up my progress would be…?

Study & Replicate Your Patterns

Repeat this series of questions with several different goals – and maybe even some goals you didn’t achieve – to look for patterns. You may discover you work best with an accountability partner, and when you tracked your progress in a visual manner. These are your patterns you can easily adapt and replicate for just about any goal you’re striving for.

We can overlook our own stories when trying to learn how to succeed.

That’s a mistake. Often, the best indicators of future success are right under our own noses – and in our own histories.

How About You?

What are some of your success stories?

Share with us some of your past successes that keep you motivated.


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