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7 Success-Focused Questions for 2014

by Andrew Considine, Inspire to Achieve

Great success is about asking yourself success-focused questions. By doing so you are more likely to receive the answers you need that will inspire and motivate you to achieving the success you desire for 2014.

Here are 7 ‘Success-Focused Questions’ that will help you to do so:

1.What ‘Exactly’ do I truly want to achieve within the next 12 months and Why?

This question holds two parts: (a) Knowing what you ‘truly’ want to achieve and (b) Why is it important for you to achieve it.

All achievement, no matter what its nature, needs to begin with a passionate desire to achieving something specific, as doing so will give you clarity and focus towards achieving your goal. The second part of this question; knowing why, gives you the reason for achieving what you truly want. As the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said: When you know your ‘why’ you will cope with any ‘how’.

2. What resources do I need to achieve my goals?

Knowing what you exactly want to achieve and why you want to achieve it are the foundation questions forsuccess. However, you are going to need to build on your desired goal and for that to happen you will need the appropriate tools and resources to do so.  Ask who and what is important for you to avail of in order to move a step closer to achieving your goal.

3. What do I love to do, what am I exceptionally good at?

Ensure that you are wise and humble enough to know the difference between what you are exceptionally good at and what you love doing, as opposed to what you are not good at and don’t love doing! In order to advance your business it will be important and wise to focus your energy towards the areas you are exceptionally good at and love doing. Work to your strengths and delegate to others those areas that you find uninspiring and demotivate you.

4. What are the 3 highest priority action steps I can complete today that will enable me to achieve my goal?

If you asked yourself and followed up on this question every day for the next six months (182 days), you will have developed and taken action on 546 tasks! Now, the likelihood of achieving your goal, if you were to do this, will make a successful outcome a real possibility. These action steps could include arranging a meeting with a prospective client, making a phone call, or taking time to reflect on and evaluate your progress so far. Always focus on taking action.

5. What challenges have I overcome in the past that will serve me well today and in the future?

This question helps you to use your past challenges as stepping stones for your present and future. Ask yourself, ‘What skills, techniques and ways of thinking did I use to address and get through past challenges? It is a matter of perspective; you can see past challenges as obstacles or as stepping stones to achieving your goals. Understand that if you fall flat on your face, you are still going forward! Learn from your past and use the experiences well in order to develop your present situation and grow into your future.

6. What additional skills or refinement of my skills and ways of doing things do I need to evaluate and possibly change if I am to improve my present results?

People who engage in continuous learning and development are sure to discover fresh and insightful techniques in developing and enriching their goal-achieving strategies.

7. What professional support do I need in order to help me achieve my 2014 goals?

Great achievers know that true success is experienced through seeking the right kind of support and guidance. This short story highlights this point very well:

A little boy was having difficulty lifting a heavy stone. His father came along just then and noting the boy’s failure, he asked, “Are you using all your strength?” “Yes, I am,” the little boy said impatiently. “No, you are not,” the father answered. “I am right here just waiting, and you haven’t asked me to help you.”   

The right help and guidance is usually readily available. All you have to do is to want it and then ask for it!

These 7 Success-Focused Questions will require some clear thinking and concentrated effort, but if you take some time to reflect on them, listen to the answers and insights that surface within and follow them through, you will become inspired and motivated towards taking the right actions in order for you to achieve your 2014 goals.

To your inspired success.

About the author:

For 27 years Andrew Considine has extensive experience in providing support, guidance and strategic direction to individuals, businesses, organisations both in the public and private arena, in the fields of personal and professional development. As an inspirational teacher and through his company ‘Inspire to Achieve’, Andrew inspires and motivates his audiences and clients providing support, guidance and direction towards doing what they love and loving what they do. Andrew provides his extensive knowledge and skills through inspirational talks, success seminars, one-to-one executive consultations, mentoring and coaching as well as training programmes to audiences both in the national and international arena.

If you would like to know how Andrew can help you or your organisation, you can contact him at:


Ph: 087 2182774

Web: Andrew's website

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