Below is a video excerpt from the book Drive by Daniel Pink. Take out 2 minutes to watch it.
I first saw this video when it came out a couple years ago. I really like this video and the two questions it proposes. The first one is all about finding your purpose. Think about how you want to be remembered by others. When people are at your funeral, what is that one sentence they will all say about you? What is your sentence?
It’s a tough question to answer. Let it sink in for some time. To be honest, it took me over two years to come up my sentence. However, once you figure it out it forms the foundation of your intrinsic motivation and it becomes so much easier to make decisions.
The second question is an essential one for your journal. I actually have a TextExpander snippet for my journal questions. I’ll paste it here:
1. What did I enjoy?
2. What did I learn?
3. Was I better today than yesterday?
4. How can I do things better tomorrow?
When you ask yourself “was I better today than yesterday?” you force yourself to think whether you were in alignment or not. Whenever I answer it with a “no”, I immediately analyze what I can do better and I make an extra effort to answer the last question. As long as I’m making progress each day, I know I’m getting closer to where I want to be. It’s all about making progress, no matter how big or small, each and every day. Start early and let it compound over time to extraordinary results.
I invite you to start journaling and think about the two questions mentioned in video. Let’s discuss this in the comments below.