It must have been about four years ago when I stumbled onto the '3 Most important Questions to ask yourself' by Vishen Lakhiani on @clogish his website (currently offline, what's up Nick?).
Vishen Lakhiani is a Malaysian-Indian entrepreneur, author, and speaker. He is the founder and CEO of Mindvalley, a Global School for Humanity.
His simple, but not simple, questions stuck with me ever since. Back then, they were the right questions at the right moment. Now, I still use them to (re)define my North Star periodically.
Answering three questions. How hard can it be, right?
Well, there is something you need to know before we go to the questions.
Means Goals vs End Goals
In our daily lives, we get so obsessed by Means Goals, that we lose sight on our End Goals. It's a common goal-setting mistake to confuse Means Goals and End Goals.
End goals define outcomes of which you're unwilling to compromise. The describe exactly the thing you want. Means Goals define one of the many paths to reach your end goals.
Example: I want to develop myself as a product maker. So in that case Building a sustainable Mindwave as my Means Goal. It's my way to become the best product maker I can be (End Goal).
The 3 most important questions
So, here we go. These questions will help you to define your End Goals.
- What do I want to experience?
- How do I want to grow?
- What do I want to contribute?
It's probably hard to answer them straight away. That's where his video comes into place (embedded at the end of this blog👇🏻).
Vishen Lakhiani is a master in getting you into the right mindset. All you need to do is plan about 30-minutes to watch his video. Grab a piece of paper and let Vishen guide you through the session.
Once you're done, don't forget to document your answers. Collect them in your North Star and let Mindwave auto-mail it to you every month. A simple reminder to work on the things that really matter to you.
Let 'The 3 most important questions' help you to get clarity on your End Goals.