One of my first articles explained the process of self-reflection and why it should be a major tool used to address progress in your life. The seven questions that will change your life gave you a way to pause and analyze your week, to see if you’re keeping on track with all your important goals. A week is enough time to go off-course and to allow you to pull yourself back on track.
“He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
On the heels of those seven questions, I’ve been thinking about the questions that we’re often afraid to ask ourselves. The reason for this fear is that we’re probably too scared to face the questions, thus, we suppress them and push them out of our mind.
Here are some questions that I find useful for self reflection. You can just add these to your weekly self assessment or reflection journal. Write them down, and write why you think your answer is what it is; then write down what changes you can make to create a more favorable outcome for yourself.
- Does anybody love me?
- Am I ‘really’ successful?
- Am I proud of myself?
- When I die, will I be surrounded by people I love?
- Do I have integrity and keep all my promises?
- Am I doing everything I can to reach my goals?
- Would I be friends with myself?
The writing journal (or journal diary) is a great place to answer questions. Anthony Robbins says that our minds are specifically built to ask questions, and whatever questions we ask we’ll get an answer for. The trouble is that often times people keep asking the wrong questions. I hope these life questions will guide you in a more positive direction.
A great exercise to do right before you begin to write is to stand in front of a mirror. Take 10 minutes to just stand, keeping focused eye contact with yourself. Embrace all the thoughts that go through your mind, and then go answer the questions you see above.
When you ask yourself the questions that you’re afraid to ask yourself, you’re put in the position of looking truth right in the face. This gives you access to the possibility of self-improvement, self-love, and happiness.
What things will you discover if you stare these seven hard questions dead in the eyes?
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