By now, as a long time reader of this blog, you know how much I love personal development. I have written so many pieces on the subject, all you have to do is type, “Personal Development” in the search box and you’d be presented with a plethora of choices.
Today is about questions we need to ask ourselves when we meditate. I recommend these meditations because when you know more about you, you become stronger and wiser and smarter and kinder. What questions do you ask yourself every day? Believe it or not, the kind of questions you ask determine the kind of life you lead. That’s because your questions trigger its own set of answers, which lead to certain emotions, which then lead to certain actions (or inactions), 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.
Some people like to ask questions like “Why am I so unlucky?”, “What if I had done this earlier?” and “Why am I always in such a situation?”. Because these questions are backward looking, the answers you get with them are naturally disempowering. On the other hand, questions like “What can I learn from this experience?”, “What can I do differently move forward?” and “What am I grateful for?” are empowering. They provoke you and get you thinking, putting you on the path to a better life.
If you’re someone who normally doesn’t self-reflect, you might be stumped by questions. However, this is perfectly normal. I remember when I was a primary school student, the teacher asked us how we would describe ourselves, the popular “write about yourself” essay. The question got me stumped, because I had never thought much about it. It took me some time to find some meaningful adjectives to describe myself, but even then they didn’t seem right. That was one of the starting points of my self-exploration journey. Somewhere along the way, as I grew older, I became a big fan of introspection, enjoying the process of self-reflecting and thinking over questions.
I believe questions are a key to self-awareness and personal growth. Remember, there is no one final answer. It’s a continuous discovery process. Your answers to the questions today will be different from your answers one month, three months, six months, and one year down the road. Add these important questions to your monthly review sessions. This is a highly important article for your growth journey.
- If today’d be the end of the world, what would you do?
– It’s a smart way to keep things in perspective, and something you should never lose sight of. Another helpful reminder… Life is short. Spend more time with the people you care about.
- What’s the difference between you and most of the other people?
Reflecting on your accomplishments is a healthy way to raise self confidence and contentment. It’s also an effective way to track your progress.
- Are you afraid of making mistakes even though there’s no punishment at all?
– Consciously address your fears and slowly work on resolving them. It’s all about taking baby steps.
- If died now, would you have any regrets?
– It’s a smart way to keep things in perspective, and something you should never lose sight of.
- Do you remember anyone you hated 10 years ago? Does it matter now?
– EXACTLY! Physical clutter, mental clutter… eliminate the unnecessary so the necessary may shine bright. (I feel like I’m a Pastor, Can I get an AMEN!)
- Is there anything you can’t let go of but you know you should?
– The idea here is to learn from your struggles and better equip yourself for future encounters.
- Are you doing what you truly want to do?
– If you have trouble answering this question, it’s time for a change. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you should learn something new everyday that takes you closer to where you want to be.
- Is there anyone that deserves a big ‘Thank You’?
– Take time each week to thank the people who have helped you. Your kind gesture will not go unnoticed.
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