April 4, 2015 | Posted in: Leading Hartfully, Living Hartfully

You know how businesses regularly share best practices with each other or study their competitors or benchmark other industries and copy their best practices, right? It’s how they improve in areas they’re not so great in. Well, how about taking inventory of your own personal best practices and sharing them with your mentors, coaches, friends or other role models to lift everybody up? When groups of people get together to do what they do best, they thrive. It gives them energy do to what they like to do and feel successful at doing. When they spend most of their time trouble-shooting, putting out fires and fixing problems, they become exhausted, unhappy and inefficient.

Focus on how you best run your life and build on it and take from others what they do best and see if it fits. If it doesn’t, throw it out. Gain energy by building on your successes and not fixing your failures. This is a great exercise for your mastermind group or success team or personal board of directors – whatever you call it – your support system. These are gleaned from the good folks at Canyon Ranch Spa.

Here are some constructive questions as a place to start. Now get out your pen and paper or digital tablet and start writing/typing:

  1. What makes you happiest?
  2. When were you happiest?
  3. How did you become happy then?
  4. What do you like most about yourself?
  5. What creates that quality?
  6. How do you make that quality last?
  7. When did you have that quality the most?
  8. How could you create more of it?
  9. What gives you peace of mind?
  10. What brings out the best in you?
  11. Who appreciates you the most? Why?
  12. What are your primary strengths?
  13. What re your core beliefs?
  14. What values do you live by?
  15. Who is in your emotional support network?
  16. What best helps you feel creative?
  17. What are you doing when you feel at your best?
  18. Who are you when you’re at your best?

There are hundreds more similar questions to help us take stock of our best practices in every area of life. These should help you get started and light the fire to illuminate what may be hiding in the shadows.  All the best in your personal Q and A session.

As the CEO (Chief Energizing Officer) at Hartful Living including GaiaHart.com and BizBuilderCards.com; I’m a Messenger and Mentor for women entrepreneurs, connecting them to their capacity to energize their work and their lives in the art of living Hartfully. At BizBuilderCards.com, you can make a living through giving with greeting cards and gifts to build your network net worth as an additive to your current business or an easy way to send gratitude and kindness to the world.