I know we are already in the mid of January but it is still that time of the year when many of us are busy planning for the future. But sometimes to progress in the right direction and at the right pace, we have to look back. The best leaders in the world are always reflecting on the past and asking questions.

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If you’re looking to improve — no matter what — there is a rule to stick to: analyze the past (what came before), prepare for the future (what comes next) and then strategize (how to get it).

Here is my list of top questions every women entrepreneur should ask themselves as they plan to move forward.

What defined you in the past?

To me, our past is as important as the present or future. Of course, we don’t have to dwell on it but we should not forget it either.  What I mean is, you should reflect on your past achievements, what impact they had on you, how they changed you and what do they still mean?

What have people taught you?

Man is a social animal … we just can’t succeed in isolation. So, we need to identify the positive and negative people around us. Know the company in which you might flourish and try to avoid those who spread negative vibes.

What are the best books I have read and what did they teach me?

We become the books we read!

Dr. Seuss said,

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Make a list of good books you have read in the past and what ideas or lessons they have taught you…

Where did I fail?

Failure is important.  I believe those who don’t fail end up having limited experience.  List down all your past failures on a piece of paper and also list down the reasons.  Of course, you won’t remember the reason for every failure but only a few would do.

Have I only been working?

This is the most important question every women entrepreneur should ask themselves.  Most women in charge of their business are well-known to mess up with their lifestyle and health.  Don’t do this to yourself!  Ask yourself:  have you been spending the right time in gym, with family, friends and more?

What to stop and what to start doing?

If you follow these questions in order, at this point you will be able to identify what you need to do and what you need to stop…

Bottom Line:

Not exactly a question but at last you should be grateful to all the beautiful things around you. This particularly helps women entrepreneur who are quick to climb the ladder of success stay humble and focused on their goals.

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