What Set Of Daily Questions Should You Ask Yourself?

The cornerstone of a purposeful life is to live driven by questions.

Most people are essentially sheep. They’re unthinking and habitual in nature. They let their habits define them. Basically, the way they act is based on forces they cannot control, much less, explain. This is how most people are.

It is very rare that you come across somebody with a deep and profound sense of insight who can actually ask hard quaestions about themselves because most people are simply content to earn money, find sex, indulge their habits, and feed their bellies. I’m not saying that I’m above this. But from time to time, all of us go through this. This is after all the default state of the human condition.

To break free from this, you need to ask yourself key questions that enhance your power of self awareness. Simply beginning and ending your day with certain questions can go a long way in maximizing your ability to see the big picture.

Begin the day by asking the following questions

Ask yourself the following questions to maximize your self awareness

How will I act today?

When you ask yourself that question, you rise above the level of a dumb, unthinking animal. You are reclaiming your power of choice. The way you act is not a series of fight or flight responses. Instead, it is a series of choices.

These choices are rooted in your brain and thinking faculties. When you say how you will act today, you are by definition claiming that your parents did not cause you to act that way. You’re claiming that your circumstances did not make you act that way. Instead, your behavior is a product of your conscious choice.

What will I do if I find my actions misaligned with my intentions?

Hypocrisy is part of the human condition. We’re hypocritical when we think and say certain things, but our actions do not line up. We’re not living with integrity when we do this.

When you ask this question to yourself, you are training yourself to identify your own hypocrisy. This is definitely a step in the right direction, because most people are clueless about the fact that they’re hypocrites.They are content to call others hypocrites, but are really threatened and upset when they themselves are accused of being hypocrites.

Be aware of any disconnect in your life between what the values you claim and the actions you actually take. Once you are aware of this, you would start living consenciously and consciously towards a life of integrity. In other words, you start getting closer and closer to the point to where you walk your talk. This can lead to a clear conscience and also into gaining respect from other people.

What will I do that will contribute to my goals?

It’s one thing to think that you have big goals in life. It’s another to actually make them a reality.

The problem a lot of people have with goals is that they really don’t have goals. They do it to get the emotional benefit of having a goal without giving themselves any responsibility for turning those goals into reality. Think of it this way, if you want to get a nice joe of energy in the morning, just think about your goals. You can’t help but feel motivated and also feel like the day has a purpose.

The problem is when you restrict yourself to the emotional rush of purpose and resist what that is pushing you to. You’re not any closer to turning those goals into reality.

The emotional rush that you got from your goals is to tend it and to push you to action.

Let me clue you in on a very important reality. The world doesn’t care about your feelings, your intentions nor your motivations. It only cares about what your objective actions are and what you actually do with your life. In other words, your behavior determines whether you are getting closer to success or not. Your feelings have nothing to do with it.

It’s really important to keep coming back to this question at the beginning of each and every day. What did I do to pursue my goals? Because when you take action, you shape your reality.

What will I do to keep myself happy throughout the day?

Happiness is a choice. It is not something that somebody outside of you can give. Somebody can be in prison surrounded by dying people and unspeakable violence and still be happy. If you need proof of this, read up on Dr. Viktor Frankm.

You can find happiness wherever you choose it. On the flip side, you can choose to be unhappy even if you’re surrounded by billions of dollars. Believe it or not, there are people who commit suicide with millions of dollars in the bank.

Happiness is not something that exists outside of you. It is a choice that is internal. When you ask yourself this question, you exercise that choice. You also understand that there is a link between positive action and the state of happiness that you choose to experience because you took that action. This is an act of power. The more you do things to make yourself happy, the closer you get to your ultimate goals.

End the day by asking the following questions

At the end of the day, as part of your journal writing habit, ask yourself the following questions. It will go a long way in helping you assess how effective you are during your day and also identify areas for improvement.

Did I do my best to achieve my goals?

“Doing my best” is a subjective term. Two people can say that they did their best, but when you look at what they actually did, it can vary tremendously. Guess what? Both can be right.

You have to ask yourself if you did your best to achieve your goal and if you’re happy with what you did. That’s how you’ll know if you really did your best.

If you did not try your best, you will be the sad sprout. You know that you came up short and that you did not try hard enough. Other people might praise you or be impressed, but you know deep down inside that you did not try hard enough.

So ask yourself on an emotional level, did you do everything that you could to achieve your goal?

Otherwise, it’s very easy to play games with yourself. It’s very easy to say, “Well, that other person only this did this much, so I should only go that far. That’s not good enough. It doesn’t matter what everybody else is doing. What matters is what you think your “best” is. That’s the only standard when it comes to answering this question.

Did I follow my daily habits?

This is self explanatory. You committed to choosing certain habits. Did you do them? Now the good news is even baby steps are still steps forward. Don’t think that you have to get out of the gate at 100 miles per hour. There’s no need to do that. Even if you take baby steps, as long as you’re consistent, eventually you will get to where you wish to go. What’s important is you followed your daily habits.

Did I keep my family happy?

You have to understand that your personal journey towards success is not a solo journey. There are people depending on you. Maybe you have a family to support or a community behind. Whatever the case may be, understand that you are not doing this journey for yourself.

Ultimately, it is a selfish and self-centered project, yes. But there are consequences of this journey. Understand that if you are too eager to let yourself down that it’s not just about you. You may also be letting other people down. Let’s put it this way. Even if you feel that you can cut corners and let yourself down, you don’t want to disappoint other people.

Maybe a little bit of shame can go a long way in keeping you on track.

Did I create a positive environment by treating others the best I could?

Every action you take has a reaction in the lives of other people. Make sure you sow good seeds. Treat them the way you would want to be treated. The world after all, is circling.

Create a positive environment because when you plant seeds along the way, when you have to come back to that trail, it would be great to have fruits to enjoy and plants to harvest. Become part of the solution by creating a positive environment around you.

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