Questioning yourself in a constructive way is an art. Asking questions to your Self seems like a ‘peeling an onion’ process; one layer leads to the another one. I have noticed in the biographies of successful people and thinkers, that most of their questions are 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 everyday “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.
To help you clearly see yourself, here are seven magical questions you should start asking yourself! When you answer them, be honest with yourself by dropping all the walls of ego.
What is my biggest strength?
It might sound like an interview question, but if in the back of your mind, you know your strength, you will have a firm foundation to build your dreams. Knowing your strength gives a direction to your energy and focus to your 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 yourself, and you do not need to share this answer with anyone, just be honest.
What do I love about my life?
You should be grateful about something in your life. You must count things that you love and adore. In a bigger picture, you must see what makes your life beautiful. To achieve more, you need to be happy with what you already have.
Where do I see myself in 5 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 on our mind these days. We are so busy chasing things with an idea of happiness. We seek happiness in what we do not have at that very moment, cruel right? See what makes you truly happy, what helps you 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. Therefore people who hurt your confidence and make your doubt your abilities are not your friends in any sense. Surround yourself with people who encourage you, support you and cheer for you when you cross the winning the line.
Am I loving what I am doing? Or What I am doing, Am I loving it?
Loving what you do in your day-to-day life is critical. Because your time on the earth is a scarce resource for you. If I ask you to put a price tag on every minute of your life, you will understand the real worth of your life. Therefore do not waste your life on things that do not matter.
In conclusion, I hope this post will help you understand the art of questioning yourself!
Love and Sunshine from Feeling Buddhaful.