Change Your Life

by Bill Gough, Allstate Hall of Fame Member

I start and end every day with what I believe is the most important and rewarding habit I have discovered in my life.

A big part of this powerful process is thinking about the day ahead of me and asking myself a series of questions.

My promise to you is when you take this simple step with me, your results and your life will change dramatically as it has for me and many others.

Questions are one of the most powerful tools we have as leaders.

They can help us engage others, gather information, set the stage for coaching and feedback, and allow us the opportunity to listen rather than talk.

The power of questions is undeniable.

Ask and answer the following questions every morning and I guarantee you will become a more self-aware, self-confident, and successful leader.

  1. Who will I encourage today?
  2. What change will I advance or support today?
  3. What decision will I make today?
  4. What is my most important task today?
  5. How will I build trust today?
  6. What questions will I ask (of others) today?
  7. What customer(s) will I talk to today?
  8. What referral partner(s) will I contact today?
  9. How will I contribute to achieving a goal today?
  10. How will I make a difference for my team or organization today?
  11. What will I learn today?

If you want an extra power-boost, ask these 11 questions at the end of each day just before bed:

  1. Who did I encourage today?
  2. What change(s) did I advance or support today?
  3. What decision(s) did I make today?
  4. Did I complete my most important task today and what was it?
  5. How did I build trust today?
  6. What questions did I ask (of others) today?
  7. What customer(s) did I talk to today?
  8. What referral partner(s) did I talk to today?
  9. How did I contribute to achieving a goal today?
  10. How did I make a difference for my team or organization today?
  11. What did I learn today?

The morning questions give you focus and intention; the evening questions hold you accountable for those intentions.

While asking some of the preview or the review questions will be helpful, asking all of them will make the biggest difference for you, your team, and your family.

Ask and answer these daily and watch the transformation begin. One of the most rewarding things for me was how others told me they noticed changes in me. This can and will happen for you also.

The questions you ask will change your life.

Finally, I have one last question for you … Will you join me on this journey and commit to practice this process?