A One-Eighty can be a 180º spin on a skateboard, snowboard, BMX or other means of getting rad. A one-eighty is an about face. a complete turn of 180 degrees & something that you may do to avoid and abrupt accident. Hence the alignment with this week’s issue title.
The original version of this phrase may have originated in the 1970s with “check it before you wreck it,
” which was used as a slogan by Nationwide Safti-Break Centers to encourage people get their car’s brakes checked. The most well-known version is attributed to Ice Cube’s “Check Yo Self,”
which was released in July 1993. But an even older example I found was Dion and the Wanderer’s Two Ton Feather
which was released in 1966.
And I say jump back, baby, jump back, baby
Check yourself, don’t you wreck yourself
You know it may look like I’m crazy, baby, but I know better
Don’t try to hand me no 2-ton feather
Am I happy? - start with some yes or no questions to assess how you feel. Don’t spend too much time answering these —your first response is usually your truest.
Am I grateful? - remind yourself all the time to appreciate what you have. This question prompts me to do that.
Do I like my job? - We spend most of our time at work, so it’s important to feel good about what we do.
Do I feel good? - When you’re in a good mental and emotional place, you’re better equipped to connect with the people in your life.
What new things am I learning? - If you don’t have a good answer for this one, then you know it’s time to make a change. When you’re not learning, you’re not growing, and when you’re not growing, it is easy to feel frustrated and weak.
Where is my career going? - Do you want to wake up excited every day for what’s ahead? If you can’t identify your long-term goals, start thinking about them. You don’t need to know exactly what you want to do, but you should have an idea of the direction you want to take.
How meaningful is my work? - This is very simple: hopefully you want to feel like your work matters. This applies for pursuits beyond your day job too!
How can I get better at what I do? - The better you become at what you do, the bigger impact you can make, which leads to both more satisfaction and maybe even more income.
What’s my number-one priority right now? - Maybe ask yourself this question every day. When you focus on too many things at the same time, you don’t make much progress at all.
How can I achieve that number-one priority more quickly? - This question is not about being impatient — it’s about being creative. Most people underestimate their own ability to generate ideas. And that’s in part because they lack perseverance.
What tasks should I stop doing? - We all waste time. It’s important to identify the tasks that distract you from your real goals, and stop doing them. (hint, I’m not talking about social media, stopping doesn’t improve your well-being)
What tasks am I procrastinating? - It’s always tempting to avoid difficult or uncomfortable tasks but putting them off until tomorrow (or months from now) will only make them that much more unpleasant when you ultimately must tackle them.
How can I help one person today? - This one is kinda it for me. Pr.co interviewed me about this some time ago.
What questions am I not asking myself? - Try coming up with a list of your own, and then bring it out every month or so. You may just find that your life is better simply because you took the time to ask yourself how things were going.
For the newsletter, I often I grab a select few from big lists like this but these all made the cut!
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