What questions do you ask yourself every day?
Believe it or not, the kind of questions you ask determines the kind of life you lead. That’s because your questions trigger their own set of answers, which lead to certain emotions, which then lead to certain actions, followed by results. If you ask yourself limiting questions, you’ll get limited results. If you ask yourself mind-opening, forwarding questions, you’ll gain a lot more out of them.
1. Do I worry too much about what others think? – One of the extremely important questions
Worrying too much about what others will think about you, your behavior, your decisions, and so on and trying to do what everyone expects of you can hinder your ability to think for yourself and make your own decisions. Instead of making your decisions based on what you want for yourself, your decisions will be based on what you think others consider to be right.
Unfortunately, you can never truly predict what others will think of you, and therefore trying to please others is an exercise in futility. It is better to do make your own decisions without concerning yourself with what others will think of you.
Asking yourself this question will help you determine if you are doing things because you think they are the right thing to do or because you are afraid of being judged.
2. What was the best thing that happened to me today?
What was it that made you particularly proud, happy or grateful? Was there a moment of joy or accomplishment?
Relive the feeling for an instant. We want more of those moments in our lives so let’s just think about something really positive and build on that. Too often we take good things for granted. We should enjoy them and be grateful. This question helps us to be positive, happy, and appreciative.
3. What am I grateful for today? – Followed by the next 2 questions
There will always be bad days and good days, bad luck and good luck. Through it all, gratitude remains among the most useful tools you can have. It shows you what really matters and what’s important, and it keeps you level-headed and focused on what is important.
4. What gave me the most joy today?
Sometimes, it is the bagel I ate at lunch time – but that is okay.
5. What caused me the most inner conflict and stress?
This helps you to know what parts of life are out of whack with your innermost values.
6. What must I do today to achieve my long-term goal?
Why is it important for me to achieve my long-term goal? How does it make me feel to know that I am making steps to achieve my long-term goal?
7. What did I learn new today?
Learn something new every day. Your mind and your health are the most precious resources that have been bestowed upon you. It is important to keep your mind sharp and supple. Read a book. Learn a new language. Build your vocabulary. Learn something new that you find interesting or useful to you. You cease to grow once you stop learning. Learning is never a waste of time. It will surely fetch huge dividends.
8. What could I have done better today?
Ask: What lessons can you learn from the day’s experiences? What mistake did you make that you will avoid in the future? How could you have handled a situation or conversation better? Think about ways to improve in this area in the future.
9. Am I living a lifestyle that promotes physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing?
To enjoy life to the fullest, you should live a lifestyle that enhances your health and wellbeing. However, when many of us think about health and wellbeing, we only think about the physical part of it.
A healthy lifestyle should focus not only on your physical wellbeing but also on your mental and spiritual wellbeing.
Asking yourself this question allows you to make choices that allow you to live a healthy life and enables you to channel your focus to your mental and spiritual wellbeing, two elements of wellness that are often neglected. Good nutrition and exercise will take care of your physical well-being.
10. What new thing can I try tomorrow?
Life is a journey of discovery. We need to keep trying new things every day, no matter our age. What new approach or experience can you try?
Writing down the answers to your questions
To get the absolute most out of your question and self-reflection practice, you should be writing your answers down.
If you’re just thinking about them in your head, you’re not going to get the same clarity as you would putting pen to paper.
Really take some time to think about your answers and get clear on them by writing them down.
You can be as simplistic or as detailed as you like, but jot something down at least!
Reflecting on previous entries through those questions
Another benefit of writing down your answers is that you can actually reflect on your previous answers to see just how much you’ve changed and whether you’ve moved closer to or further from your goals.
This allows you to measure your progress, which is essential if you’re trying to make changes in your life!
You need to know exactly what is and isn’t working, and reflecting on your previous journal entries is an amazing way to measure this.
If you want to create a shift in your business and your leadership, make a daily practice of asking yourself the right questions–because it is the right questions that lead us to the right answers.
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