Your Questions May Be The Answer!
You’re floating, not certain where you’re bound, where you’re headed. You’ve read a lot of books, listened to tapes and CDs, watched videos. You’ve even seen “The Secret.”
Sometimes, just answering a few questions can bring you to an entirely new level of awareness about your life and your journey. No need to make the process complicated. Just write down your answers to the following questions. Take your time; you don’t have to do it all in one sitting. But I can almost guarantee that when you have finished with this little exercise, you will be light years ahead of where you are now. Things may even begin to simply fall into place.
What can it hurt? Just a bit of time and resolve. That’s it.
1. What brings you the most joy and satisfaction? Right now, right here?
2. If you could be doing something that you’re not doing, or can’t do, what would it be?
3. What interests you, even slightly?
4. Do you feel comfortable with the time and energy you give to the important aspects of your day-to-day life? To your relationships? To your hobbies? To your business or career? How might you make them richer?
5. Do you procrastinate? Why? Are you afraid? Of what?
6. What makes you glad to get up in the morning? (Nothing is not an answer!)
7. What kind of service to the world would bring you the most personal reward? Are you involved in any such service right now? Write about it.
8. How do you relate to the universe? Do you believe in a Higher Power? Are you content with your atheism? Where do you think the universe came from?
9. Are you making a meaningful contribution to the world and if so, what is it? Can you be guilted about it? If so, why?
10. Do you believe in goal setting? If so, have you set some for your life? If not, why not?
11. Are you afraid of change? Why?
12. What scares you and why?
13. What angers you and why?
14. Write about your relationship to those in your life. Include those who have hurt you in the past.
15. Finally, are you actually glad to be alive? If so, why? If not, why not?*
These questions should keep you busy for a while. Get deep with them, not just surface level. Dig up feelings and responses you may not have thought about for months, years, ever.*
What is the difference between answering questions like this and creating goal lists, mission statements, and purpose documents? Answering questions allows you to open yourself up, to see what’s there, to discover what’s holding you back, and what motivates you. Then, after you’ve been honest with yourself, you can begin the process of goal setting and mission statement development, if that’s where you want to go.
But you don’t have to. Answering these questions will do two things—help you get clear on stuff you haven’t considered, and prompt even more questions.
My final word of advice: Answering these questions will stimulate self-advice. Follow the advice. That’s your Inner Voice speaking. It’s been waiting for you to get clear.
*(This information is not intended to diagnose or prevent any psychological or physical condition. Contact your local health professional for any further assistance. If you feel like inflicting any kind of physical pain upon yourself or someone else, even a little, get help immediately. Call your local suicide prevention hotline.)
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