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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 January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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