I’ve been on a well-deserved break for the holidays, but for the past week or two, I’ve been struggling to find a strong topic to start the year with…something more powerful than the typical article about goal setting or New Year’s resolutions.
So when I woke this morning, the first thing I saw was a notification for a Facebook Live video from Aaron Walker who gave his followers a tough challenge. His message hit me so hard that I knew I found my topic to kick off 2017.
(For those of you who don’t know, Aaron Walker is one of the most successful entrepreneurs today. Click HERE to go to his Facebook page where you can view the same video I watched this morning.)
What I got from Walker’s message is this: It’s impossible to set a goal for the year without taking time to self-assess. For example, if I set a goal to lose twenty pounds by June 1st, none of it really matters until I assess what I currently weigh, assess what’s in my kitchen right now, and take stock of the tools around me that I can already use for my goal.
But what REALLY got me about Walker’s message was that, out of all the goals that we could set for ourselves, nothing is more important than the relationships we have with other people. So he challenged everyone watching the video to take a more personal type of inventory.
He said that about 90% of the people viewing his video will not be brave enough to take this challenge, and I imagine that many of you reading this will probably feel the same. But if you want to take this challenge with me (and it is a scary challenge), then keep reading.
Aaron Walker’s Personal Inventory Challenge
Send this list of questions to a dozen or so of your closest friends and family members. Ask them to answer the questions HONESTLY and BLUNTLY.
- Do I bring encouragement in a conversation?
- Do you feel empowered after a conversation with me?
- Would I be someone you would seek advice from?
- Do you trust me to tell you the truth regardless of the consequences?
- Do I offer you resourceful tips and introductions to others?
- Do I bring positive energy to the conversation?
- On important discussions, do I stradle the fence or do I take a position?
- Do you see character, integrity, and honesty in my life?
- If you could only select five members that you would trust your family with, would I be considered?
- What do you see as my blindspots?
So to all of my real Joker to King followers, I’m going to be very blunt with you. If you read those questions and you choose NOT to do the challenge, ask yourself two questions:
- What is it about the questions that scares you?
- Can you truly consider yourself a king if you don’t get these questions answered?
I wish you all nothing but the best in 2017. Leave comments below and let me know your thoughts on Walker’s Personal Inventory Challenge.