Constructively questioning oneself is art. Asking questions to our self is like a ‘peeling an onion’ process; one layer leads to another one. Most of our questions should be directed inwards. Benjamin Franklin started his day with a question: “What good shall I do this day?” and ended his day with “What good have I done this day?” Hence he was able to achieve his goals.
When it comes to questions, I always remember Steve Job’s speech at Stanford Commencement. Where Job said, “When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” This statement had a deep impression on him, and he continued to ask himself a question while looking in the mirror every day “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And when the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, he knew something needs to be changed.
Honesty with oneself is paramount to make the walls of false ego disappear.
What is my biggest strength?
Knowing our strength gives a direction to our energy and focus to our efforts.
How do I see myself?
For a second, forget about what people say or think about you. Ignore all the likes and comments on your social media. Just concentrate on the fact, how do I see myself? How can I define myself? Be true to oneself.
What do I love about my life?
We should be grateful for something in our life. We must count things that we love and adore. In a bigger picture, we must see what makes our life beautiful. To achieve more, we need to be happy with what we already have.
Where do I see myself five years from now?
Having a vision about yourself is the first step. Visualize yourself before it happens, and then it will happen. Many thinkers, including the author of Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill wrote about the power of desire. “The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.”
What is my definition of happiness?
The idea of happiness is very blurred in our minds these days. We are so busy chasing things with a sense of joy. We seek happiness in what we do not have at that very moment, cruel, right? See what makes us truly happy, what helps us sleep peacefully in the night-time.
Am I surrounded by people who encourage me?
People in our lives influence us way more than we think they do. The mind is like a sponge, very absorbent. Surround yourself with people who encourage you, support you, and cheer for you when you cross the winning line.
Am I loving what I am doing? Or What I am doing, Am I enjoying it?
Loving what we do in our day-to-day life is critical. Because our time on the earth is a scarce resource, if someone asks you to put a price tag on every minute of our life, we will understand the real worth of our life. Therefore why waste our life on things that do not matter in a bigger picture of life.
Love and Sunshine.