- Am I being productive or just active? Am I inventing things to do to avoid the important?
- What are the top 3 activities that I use to fill time to feel as though I've been productive?
- Who is causing me stress disproportionate to the time I spend with them? What will happen if I simply stop interacting with these people?
- When do I feel starved for time? What commitments, thoughts, and people can I eliminate to fix this problem.
- If this is the only thing I accomplish today, will I be satisfied with my day?
- What do you want your life to be? How are you going to get there?
- Why spent the best years of your life hoping for happiness in the last?
- How will your decision change if retirement isn't an option?
- What if you could use a mini-retirement to sample your deferred-life plan reward before working 40 years for it?
- Is it really necessary to work like a slave to live like a millionaire?
- What if I do the opposite?
- How has being realistic or responsible keep you from the life you want?
- How has doing what you "should" resulted in a sub-par experience or regret for not having done something else?
- Look at what you are doing and ask yourself "what would happen if I did the opposite of the people around me? What will I sacrifice if I continue on this track for 5, 10, or 20 years?"
- What is the worst thing that can happen to me if I do …? How can I recover from it?
- Do you really think it will improve or is it wishful thinking and an excuse for inaction?
- Do I know anybody (or heard of anybody) who have done this before?
- If I am fired from my job today, what would I do to get thing back under control? What would I do?
- What is it costing you financially, emotionally, and physically to postpone an action? Do not only evaluate the potential downside of an action. It is equally important to measure the atrocious cost of inaction. If you don't do the things that excite you, where will you be in one year, five year, and 10 years.
- If you telescope out 10 years, and know with 100% certainty that it is a path of disappointment and regret, what would you do?
- What do you want? What would excite me?
- What would you do if there were no way you could fail?
- What would you do day to day if you have $100 million in the bank?
- What would make you most excited to wake up in the morning to another day?
How to get the largest publisher to publish your book if you are the first-time author?
Pick one book out of dozen based on reader reviews and the fact that the authors had actually done what I wanted to do. If the task is how-to in nature, I only read accounts that are "how I did it" and autobiographical. No speculators or wannabes are worth the time.
Using the book to generate intelligent and specific questions, I contacted 10 of the top authors and agents in the world via email and phone.
I only read the section of the book that were relevant to the immediate next steps, which took less than 2 hours. To develop a template email and call script took approximately 4 hours, and the actual email and phone calls took less than an hour. This personal contact approach is not only more effective and more efficient, it also provide me with the major league alliances and mentors necessary to sell this book. Rediscover the power of the forgotten skill called "talking". It works.