When we were young we each had dreams. Many of us now live in a place or work in a place we never thought we would find ourselves. As we get older, we become even more conditioned and start living life on autopilot. We do the same things and think the same thoughts each day.
When we have a few free moments, we occupy our minds with TV, the internet, or our smartphone. We avoid spending quality time thinking…contemplating, and evaluating life
Here are the seven questions to ask yourself and get a better sense of who you really are and what you really want in life.
1. How would I honestly describe myself? What would you say? Be completely honest with your positive and negative characteristics. How does the answer to this question make you feel? Follow up question: What changes could I make?
2. Fill in the blank: Anyone that knows me knows that I _______? This question reveals a fundamental truth about you. What is your defining characteristic? What does the answer say about you?
3. What am I passionate about? What gets you excited? This is the thing that causes you to lose track of time. It’s the thing that can make you jump out of bed in the morning.
Maybe you haven’t even thought about this before. When you know your passion, you can spend more time doing it or even work towards making it your dream job.
4. If I had one year left to live, what would I do? It’s easy to live day-to-day in a rut. However, if you knew that you only had one year left, you would find the energy to change your life and your focus. What do you feel that you should be spending more time on?
5. If I could go back in time five years, what advice would I give myself? What was the most important thing you learned over the last five years? What were your biggest mistakes? What did you fail to appreciate? What opportunities did you squander?
Learn from this exercise because you will most likely live another 5 years or more…. What can you start today that in 5 years you won’t have the same regret?
6. If I lived today over and over, what would my life look like in five years? This can be a very informative question. Take a look at your average day. Some of you may remember the movie “Groundhog Day”. The main character woke up every day to the same day and relived the same things. Nothing changed until he decided to alter his life choices.
What are you accomplishing each day and how will that impact your future? Most of us are working diligently, but accomplishing little in the long-term. Tip: Busyness does not always equate to effectiveness.
7. What would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail? What does your fear of failure prevent you from attempting? This question will let you know.
Asking yourself questions is a great way to learn about yourself. Identifying your current reality (self-awareness) gives you a starting point to where you want to go, what you want to become and what you want to achieve.
Answer these 7 questions and you might discover answers that will turn your life around for the better.