I am at Wisdom 2.0 in San Francisco, hanging out with wisdom seekers from around the world. 3000 of them. That’s a wealth of wisdom, a lot of curiosity.

It’s a cool tribe of people committed to being mindful. At work, at home, in life, every moment. Folks committed to checking in, not checking out. To being present, not distracted. To being human, not perfect. To showing up without the masks.

Folks who are successful in life – and you and I get to define what success is for us – know how to reflect on their experiences. Sounds obvious, doesn’t it? Pretty much every facet of our fast-paced lives, however, conspires against carving out time to self-reflect. And when we reflect, what are we reflecting on? Here’s a simple framework for daily reflection that may yield some powerful insights:


Easy words to remember, right? If they speak to you, why not make them part of your daily self-reflection. In the evening, as you think about what unfolded that day, consider these 3 questions:

  • What do I want to STOP doing?
  • What do I want to CONTINUE doing?
  • What do I want to START doing?

Ask these questions in a spirit of curiosity, not self-flagellation. Not because there is anything wrong with you, but because it might be plain exquisite to explore and expand.

Here’s the beauty of these 3 questions:

  • If you desire more vibrant relationships with your colleagues at work, STOP/CONTINUE/START will get you there.
  • If you desire greater business impact with your clients, STOP/CONTINUE/START will get you there.
  • If you desire forward momentum in any aspect of your life, STOP/CONTINUE/START will get you there.

Whatever your focus may be, return to these 3 words. STOP/CONTINUE/START. Think of them as your self-energizing mantra. They are so simple, that is their beauty. They encourage a mindset of expansion by celebrating your strengths and nudging you to let go. Powerful.

Try these questions for a week. Notice how your answers accelerate personal and professional growth AND energize your life.

Yes. Instant gratification.

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Achim Nowak is an author, speaker, C-Suite coach, international authority on personal presence. His book "The Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating a Mindful Life in a Distracted World" (New Page Books) has just been published. His previous books have become prized resources for entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 executives around the globe. Achim and his work have been featured on 60 Minutes, Fox News, NPR, in The New York Times and The Miami Herald.