I took the one less traveled by; And that has made all the difference. — Robert Frost
Between every fork in the road lies a series of questions. Every decision that we have made up to this point had a question attached to it some way shape or form.
Asking questions is a natural thing for us to do.
We shouldn’t feel ashamed or embarrassed about it.
In fact, questions hold the key to unlocking a deep understanding of ourselves.
It’s why I harp so much on asking why? It’s a simple question, but it can change your life.
Of course there are other questions as well that we can ask too and I’d like to share some of them and why they are so important.
What would I think about myself if I was not worried about being judged?
When people judge us it can cloud our judgement. I talked about influences people have over others before. One such power people with influence have over you is what they think, you can slowly become. If they think you are too driven or ambitious, you may doubt your instincts, or hesitate because you think you’re too driven or ambitious too.
By asking this question you are putting power back to yourself and asking how you truly think about yourself.
What would I do if I weren’t being judged?
Of course what we think of ourselves we act upon it. All the same, when someone with influence over you suggests how you act, you may very well follow behind that.
All the same asking this question too can prompt you to think on your own two feet.
What would you really do if you didn’t worry about opinions or judgement?
Am I using my time wisely?
We only have so much time in the world. Are you wasting it away or are you working on relationships and doing things that you truly value? Are you doing the things that matter most to you or don’t matter at all?
If I were to die tomorrow, what would I regret the most?
We all die some day. For some it’s further down the road, for others it could very well be tomorrow.
It’s a grim outlook for sure, but what’s most important is what you are leaving behind. It’s this particular question that helps you to identify what you value the most in your life.
What habit do I wish I could get rid of?
In personal development, we are always giving up something for something else. We are letting go of habits that no longer serve us.
By asking this question you can begin that process as well. We all grasp habits over time but it’s particular habits that we hold onto that no longer are helpful. They are a hinderance and asking ourselves this question can help us realize our flaws and put an effort into replacing them with good habits.
I’ll be dropping a few more questions you can ask yourself, but start with these five first. These questions can make a difference as their answers can help you in taking action and what you should be focusing on.
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon
This post is part of an 3 month writing challenge that I’m committing myself to. Every day for 3 months, I’ll be writing articles with specific criteria in mind. You can learn all about my reasoning as well as what that criteria is right here. This is 40 of 91 of this series.
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