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Asking These 5 Questions Can Get You In The Best Shape Of Your Life

Asking These 5 Questions Can Get You In The Best Shape Of Your Life

When it comes to our lives, asking ourselves the right questions can help clarify where we’re heading as well as establishing where we are in the present moment. Life is one hell of a journey and most of us are wandering blindly on a path that has no real right or wrong and this is why stopping once in a while and questioning our motives is important. Encouraging our need to grow is paramount to understanding our needs moving forward.

With this in mind, here are 5 questions you can ask yourself to get you thinking in the right direction.

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1. Where Do I Need To Go To Find Myself?

Travelling extensively isn’t for everyone but going off and experiencing different places and cultures can really help you grow and find out more about your values. Experiencing different places allows us to see different perspectives. Different ways of doing things and our reactions to different experiences whether comfortable or uncomfortable, brings growth and a deeper understanding of ourselves. Wherever you go, whether it’s different parts of your own country or further afield into the world make sure it’s somewhere that’ll inspire or challenge you.

2. What’s The Most Impractical Career That Would Make Me Happy If I Went For It?

This gets you thinking about what your passion truly is. If there were no barriers, obstacles or money wasn’t an issue, what would you want to do? Sometimes we get stuck in life or get to a point where we question our career choice. Happiness, rather than following a particular career path, becomes more of a priority when we realise there must be more to life than what is our current repetitive routine.

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Many people are brave enough to change careers completely and succeed. There’s nothing wrong with imagining what your ideal life would be and asking yourself this question could start some inspired action or opportunities.

3. Why Do I Want What I Want?

This is one of the most powerful questions you can ask yourself because it’s finding out the why behind your what. If we don’t know why we do anything then we really live life with no real purpose. Identifying the why is the best way to focus in on what’s important to you and helps eliminate your need to care about what other people think. We’re so used to questioning our motives through the opinions of others instead of our own, so honing in our own ‘why’ is crucial in understanding our true purpose.

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4. What’s The Lowest Standard of Living I’m Willing To Tolerate Right Now?

Depending on your age, your tolerance to your living standards varies. For those still in the throes of youth, living impractically is much easier and probably the only real time in your life you can get away with it. But for anyone, when we’re stuck in a rut it’s important to think about how to better our situation in some way. Whether it’s choosing to live more impractically with no rules or commitments, or choosing to improve it somehow, for example, redecorating your home, a change can be good to get more perspective on how your life is going.

5. What Kind of Life Do I Want To Avoid At All Costs?

Figuring out what we want can be hard especially when we’re starting out in life but can also be applied to any stage of our lives. Turning the question of what we want on its head and asking ‘what do I NOT want?’  may be a smarter way to approach it. Sometimes eliminating what you want to avoid is much easier than trying to think about what you really want.

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Questioning ourselves is an important way to check in and evaluate our lives. Asking the right questions can help open our eyes and make us realise whether we’re on the right track. You don’t always have to have all the answers but making sure you are asking yourself these questions can highlight areas of life that may need evaluating from time to time.

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Last Updated on August 16, 2018

10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

The ability to take risks by stepping outside your comfort zone is the primary way by which we grow. But we are often afraid to take that first step.

In truth, comfort zones are not really about comfort, they are about fear. Break the chains of fear to get outside. Once you do, you will learn to enjoy the process of taking risks and growing in the process.

Here are 10 ways to help you step out of your comfort zone and get closer to success:

1. Become aware of what’s outside of your comfort zone

What are the things that you believe are worth doing but are afraid of doing yourself because of the potential for disappointment or failure?

Draw a circle and write those things down outside the circle. This process will not only allow you to clearly identify your discomforts, but your comforts. Write identified comforts inside the circle.

2. Become clear about what you are aiming to overcome

Take the list of discomforts and go deeper. Remember, the primary emotion you are trying to overcome is fear.

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How does this fear apply uniquely to each situation? Be very specific.

Are you afraid of walking up to people and introducing yourself in social situations? Why? Is it because you are insecure about the sound of your voice? Are you insecure about your looks?

Or, are you afraid of being ignored?

3. Get comfortable with discomfort

One way to get outside of your comfort zone is to literally expand it. Make it a goal to avoid running away from discomfort.

Let’s stay with the theme of meeting people in social settings. If you start feeling a little panicked when talking to someone you’ve just met, try to stay with it a little longer than you normally would before retreating to comfort. If you stay long enough and practice often enough, it will start to become less uncomfortable.

4. See failure as a teacher

Many of us are so afraid of failure that we would rather do nothing than take a shot at our dreams.

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Begin to treat failure as a teacher. What did you learn from the experience? How can you take that lesson to your next adventure to increase your chance of success?

Many highly successful people failed plenty of times before they succeeded. Here’re some examples:

10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

5. Take baby steps

Don’t try to jump outside your comfort zone, you will likely become overwhelmed and jump right back in.

Take small steps toward the fear you are trying to overcome. If you want to do public speaking, start by taking every opportunity to speak to small groups of people. You can even practice with family and friends.

Take a look at this article on how you can start taking baby steps:

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The Number One Secret to Life Success: Baby Steps

6. Hang out with risk takers

There is no substitute for this step. If you want to become better at something, you must start hanging out with the people who are doing what you want to do and start emulating them. (Here’re 8 Reasons Why Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful).

Almost inevitably, their influence will start have an effect on your behavior.

7. Be honest with yourself when you are trying to make excuses

Don’t say “Oh, I just don’t have the time for this right now.” Instead, be honest and say “I am afraid to do this.”

Don’t make excuses, just be honest. You will be in a better place to confront what is truly bothering you and increase your chance of moving forward.

8. Identify how stepping out will benefit you

What will the ability to engage in public speaking do for your personal and professional growth? Keep these potential benefits in mind as motivations to push through fear.

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9. Don’t take yourself too seriously

Learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. Risk taking will inevitably involve failure and setbacks that will sometimes make you look foolish to others. Be happy to roll with the punches when others poke fun.

If you aren’t convinced yet, check out these 6 Reasons Not to Take Life So Seriously.

10. Focus on the fun

Enjoy the process of stepping outside your safe boundaries. Enjoy the fun of discovering things about yourself that you may not have been aware of previously.

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