To help you truly analyse your shortcomings and move beyond them to success, Napoleon Hill constructed a self questionnaire of 28 questions that you should ask yourself. We begin with the first 10 here.
Self Inventory: 28 Questions You Should Answer
Annual self-analysis is essential in effectively marketing yourself, just the same as annual inventory is essential in retail.
In particular, the yearly analysis should disclose a decrease in faults, and an increase in strengths. Any person can go ahead, stand still, or go backward in life. The objective should be, of course, to go ahead. Annual self-analysis will disclose whether progress has been made, and if so, how much. It will also disclose any backward steps one may have taken. The effective marketing of personal services requires that you move forward even if the progress is slow.
An optimal time for your annual self-analysis is the end of each year, so you can include in your New Year’s Resolutions any improvements the results of the analysis indicate should be made. Take this inventory by asking yourself the following questions, and by checking your answers with the help of someone who will not allow you to deceive yourself as to their accuracy.
Self-Analysis Questionnaire For Personal Inventory
1. 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).
2. Have I delivered service of the best possible quality I was capable of, or could I have improved any part of this service?
3. Have I delivered service in the greatest possible quantity I was capable of?
4. Has the spirit of my conduct been harmonious and cooperative at all times?
5. Have I allowed procrastination to decrease my efficiency, and if so, to what extent?
6. Have I improved my personality, and if so, in what ways?
7. Have I been persistent in following my plans through to completion?
8. Have I reached decisions promptly and definitely on all occasions?
9. Have I allowed any one or more of the six basic fears to decrease my efficiency?
10. Have I been either “over-cautious,” or “under-cautious?”
As Napoleon Hill says, this is an ideal time for reflection and self evaluation. It is serendipitous that we come to this part of the book now then, isn’t it (no, I really did not plan it that way!)? It’s the perfect way to end the year and begin the next—with a good, healthy dose of self evaluation, all undertaken in the spirit of improvement and success in the New Year!
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