Mindset Mastery 164 – A Practice In Self Analysis

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?”

Perfect Timing

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!

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator
Aussie Internet Marketer © 2004 – 2009

About Sean Rasmussen

Sean Rasmussen is a passionate blogger and has been a full time internet marketer since 2005. When he's not with his family, or dog Buddy, Sean is usually blogging or doing something related to the internet.


  1. I have printer out the Self-Analysis Questionnaire the whole 28 questions and have it on my wall next to my desk reminding me each day to make the best of my time

  2. I have come across this post well after NYE, but good thing this analysis can be undertaken at any time of the year!
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..How to make comments online and build your online persona =-.

  3. Breaking things down is the best way to realize your strengths and weaknesses. I often need a list but unfortunately rarely get around to sitting down to write one so never get anything done. I hate having unfinished projects so I have recently been inspired to sit down and write all of the things I need to get done before I start anything further.
    .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..I Am Attracting You and Your Vote Via Law Of Attraction =-.

  4. There’s no time like the present as they say!

    Even if you’ve answered these questions at the beginning of the year and right now you (I should say – I) feel off track, feel scared, confused, wondering “what the dubuly am I doing?”, then it’s optimal to re-evaluate where you are & get clarity by doing it again.

    We are all constantly evolving so it pays to re-evaluate on a regular basis!

    I know I need it more than ever right now!!!!
    .-= Samantha Banfield´s last blog ..Sean Rasmussen and his crazy talk! =-.

  5. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    This is an awesome checklist for us to work through. It certainly helps to keep us accountable and on track with our goals; especially if we share this with someone who is willing to help monitor our progress.

    Most of us have to complete a yearly evaluation at work so it makes sense to complete one at home to ensure that we are on track with the goals that will impact our lives more seriously if they are not achieved.

  6. Hi Sean,
    A nice little idea to improve learning. Having a checklist makes it easier to self-analyze for self-improvement checks. I have saved a copy of the list to print out and use regularly.

  7. Hi Sean,
    that post was very nicely timed. I think such a Self-Analysis is a great thing to do once a year, to not forget the big picture and to stay on track. Thanks for posting it, i have printed it out and put into my calendar for regular review.
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Motivational Music =-.

    • Hi Renee,

      I didn’t actually think of this at the time but it’s a fantastic idea. I’m going to join you in printing it out and since we’re in July; it ‘s a great time for a half-yearly review.

      Thanks for the great idea, Renee. 🙂
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Finding Your Passion =-.

  8. Hi Sean

    It is most important to reflect on my past performance. It keeps me totally responsible for my progress in the future.

    Without self analysis and thorough scrutiny, I may go on creating or endorsing bad habits which will be debilitating to my success .

    Anytime is an ideal time for reflection and self evaluation. I have printed the questions off and am doing the self evaluation now.


    • Hi Elly,

      I think analysing your performance is instrumental in moving forward. You have to know where you’re going wrong before you can get back on the right track.

      It’s a great way to find what’s working and what isn’t. An honest assessment will move you forward quicker than living in denial.
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Finding Your Passion =-.

  9. Yang also gave a clue to this in a webinar ..
    He spoke of analyzing our progress to know how far we had come..Without this analyzing we could be going backwards and not know it..

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