Three questions for daily focus

by Kate on October 9, 2011

In 2006, I printed out a copy of Steve Jobs’ now famous Stanford Commencement Address. I still have that print, even though I’ve moved countries a couple of times since then. Rarely has a speech stuck in my mind so clearly.

The underlines on those pages reveal that ‘back then’ my attention was on “find what you love”.  Job’s speech was helpful in causing me to look at questions of purpose. Purpose questions are important, and asking them has made a difference in my life.

More recently, my attention has moved on to action. We all know we are going to die and Jobs’ death is a reminder that some of us may have less time than we hope. Each day is a gift to be cherished, so how are we using them?

Yes, consider and discuss the big questions, but let’s not get sucked into a vortex of introspection and forget that what we do matters more than what we say.

In the flurry of reflections connected with Steve Jobs’ death, two (very short) posts caught my attention because they called for action. Both are worth a look.

Seth Godin wrote: ”It’s one thing to miss someone, to feel a void when they’re gone. It’s another to do something with their legacy, to honor them through your actions.”

Les McKeown asked very simply “Will you be? Or do?”

Making a bridge to the practical, I came up with three questions that can be applied to business and personal life and work for me. There’s much more to it, of course, and it’s not a suggestion to live only for the day. Still, these seem to focus my mind on both doing and being.

  • What will I do with this day?
  • If this were my last day, how would I feel about what I’ve done and said?
  • And now what?

What are the questions you find helpful to give focus to your day? Please share.


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