36. Ask Yourself These Five Questions Each Night Before Going To Sleep

Reflect on your actions of the day without regret or self indulgence.  Merely reflect about your actions objectively.
  1. What did I do well today?

  2. What did I do that I should not have done?

  3. What didn’t I do that I should have done?

  4. What did I do that I could have done better?

  5. What do I want to do tomorrow?

Along with the Journal of Changes, below, this in itself is the best exercise to know what you really are, and only then can you make yourself into what you really want to be.

Exercises

Journal of Changes

Purchase a notebook and title it Journal of Changes. Use it exclusively for recording the changes you have noticed within yourself from the time you started practicing these exercises.

As they occur, write down differences you have observed in how people treat you, and how previously troublesome situations or relationships are easier to deal with—any little change that is noticeable.

Let your journal function both as a witness to the subtle changes taking place and as encouragement to persist when progress seems lacking and you review the changes you may have forgotten.