This is the time of year when I like to set aside a chunk of time to be alone and do some introspection about what I want to happen in the upcoming year.
In fact, that’s exactly what I did this past week. I hung out all alone in my office, journaling, planning and goal setting.
That’s when I came across the 28 self-analysis questions from Napoleon Hill’s classic book, Think and Grow Rich.
To be honest, it’s been decades since I first read the book. I’ve picked it up several times since then, and still find it difficult to complete.
Yes, it’s true.
I suppose that’s why Sharon Lechter wrote Think and Grow Rich for Women. I do have to say, I’m so pleased with this version, written from a woman’s perspective. (But I digress.)
I found Hill’s questions to be a great journal prompt for reviewing the past year, and planning for what’s to come.
Although, I do suggest answering the questions in segments in order to dive deep and not rush through the process.
Here are the 28 questions so you can dig deep into your New Year business planning, too. Enjoy!
SELF-ANALYSIS QUESTIONNAIRE FOR PERSONAL INVENTORY, by Napoleon Hill (1937).
- Have I attained the goal which I established as my objective for this year? (You should work with a definite yearly objective to be attained as a part of your major life objective).
- Have I delivered service of the best possible QUALITY of which I was capable, or could I have improved any part of this service?
- Have I delivered service in the greatest possible QUANTITY of which I was capable?
- Has the spirit of my conduct been harmonious and cooperative at all times?
- Have I permitted the habit of PRACRASTINATION to decrease my efficiency, and if so, to what extent?
- Have I improved my PERSONALITY, and if so, in what ways?
- Have I been PERSISTENT in following my plans through to completion?
- Have I reached DECISIONS PROMPTLY AND DEFINITELY on all occasions?
- Have I permitted any one or more of the six basic fears to decrease my efficiency?
- Have I been either “over-cautious,” or “under-cautious?”
- Has my relationship with my associates in work been pleasant, or unpleasant? If it has been unpleasant, has the fault been partly or wholly mine?
- Have I dissipated any of my energy through lack of CONCENTRATION of effort?
- Have I been open minded and tolerant in connection with all subjects?
- In what way have I improved my ability to render service?
- Have I been intemperate in any of my habits?
- Have I expressed, either openly or secretly, any form of EGOTISM?
- Has my conduct toward my associates been such that it has induced them to RESPECT me?
- Have my opinions and DECISIONS been based upon guesswork, or accuracy of analysis and THOUGHT?
- Have I followed the habit of budgeting my time, my expenses, and my income, and have I been conservative in these budgets?
- How much time have I devoted to UNPROFITABLE effort which I might have used to better advantage?
- How may I RE-BUDGET my time, and change my habits so I will be more efficient during the coming year?
- Have I been guilty of any conduct which was not approved by my conscience?
- In what ways have I rendered MORE SERVICE AND BETTER SERVICE than I was paid to render?
- Have I been unfair to anyone, and if so, in what way?
- If I had been the purchaser of my own services for the year, would I be satisfied with my purchase?
- Am I in the right vocation, and if not, why not?
- Has the purchaser of my services been satisfied with the service I have rendered, and if not, why not?
- What is my present rating on the fundamental principles of success? (Make this rating fairly, and frankly, and have it checked by someone who is courageous enough to do it accurately).