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Published on January 1, 2020

100 Inspiring Questions That Make You Think About Your Life

100 Inspiring Questions That Make You Think About Your Life

What makes successful people resilient and persistent in achieving their goals and desires?

He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how. – Voltaire

In just a few words, Voltaire has answered.

Successful people take and effort to ask the right questions that drive them to answer that adds meaning to their purpose.

The more questions you ask yourself, the more you learn about yourself. It keeps you curious and grateful for life and its challenges. Your innate drive to question yourself and find answers will keep you on the path to self-growth and let you take motivated efforts to accomplish your goals.

When you know the why, the whats and hows will become clearer. And you will find all your answers only when you seek them by asking questions.

Questions that make you think are like fuel to critical thinking and problem-solving. If you cannot stop to ask questions, you will never find better ways and that will be the end of growth.

If you want to keep moving ahead, self-assessment and clarity are much required. Having the right questions will always help you have a clearer vision towards your aspirations and dreams.

Here is a compilation of 100 questions that make you think and help you get started on the path to wisdom:

Questions on Self-Reflection

Remember wisdom favors those who seek it. Everything in your life starts with you. Understanding your innate abilities, fears, desires, insecurities, and feelings is necessary to deal with them effectively. Introspect yourself and see where you stand.

1. How would you describe yourself?

2. Do you think your dreams are a reflection of something deeper within your mind?

3. How old do you feel?

4. What are the things that you do but don’t like doing?

5. What are the things you like to do but haven’t been doing?

6. How often do you zone out?

7. What are the things you are proud of?

8. What are the things that make you feel scared?

9. What makes you happy?

10. Do you feel introverted or extroverted?

11. What are the things you are most thankful for?

12. Who are you most thankful for?

13. Who are the people you trust?

14. What do you want to change in yourself?

15. What is that you like the most about yourself?

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16. What one thing would you want a second chance with?

17. Do you love yourself?

18. What is the ideal version of yourself you want to be?

19. What little things make you happy?

20. Who do you enjoy being around with?

21. What do you fear the most?

22. What are the things you think you should let go of?

Questions on Behavior

Our habits, behavior patterns and how we communicate with others have a lot to say about our efficiency in any project we take up. Simple routine habits like the time you wake up every day are capable of impacting your productivity every day.

Getting an insight into your own behavior will help you understand why you feel what you feel, and how helpful or harmful it is to your growth and success.

23. How do you show your emotions — anger, sadness or happiness?

24. Which everyday routine you are better off without?

25. What do you do when you feel lost?

26. How do you celebrate your happiness and success?

27. How well do you communicate with others?

28. How well do you sleep?

29. Do you eat healthily and on time?

30. Does your work interfere with your personal life? How do you balance work and personal life?

31. How do you spend your leisure time?

32. What activities relax you?

33. What activities make you feel anxious?

34. What habits do you want to break and which ones do you want to cultivate?

Questions on Future Aspirations and Goals

Goals are like the lighthouses that guide one’s life. If they are vague and have no particular importance, you may keep wandering the sea of confusion and end up wondering what you did wrong.

Your goals need to be aligned with the long term big picture that you have for your life. Maybe if you start asking the right questions, you will get the answer to where you actually want to be.

35. What are your passions?

36. If you won the lottery today, how would you be in 5 years?

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37. What work would you like to do if it’s not paid and there are no restrictions on time and resources?

38. What’s the best reality you wish for and how does it compare to your present?

39. What do you expect from your career? A promotion, raise, satisfaction or everything?

40. Are you on the job which aligns to your goals?

41. Which one event in your life has been the biggest so far?

42. What would you like to be the experience you want to share your mentees or children with?

43. How far do you think you are from achieving your big dreams?

44. What would you do if you had just a year left to live?

45. What advice would you give to your past-self 5 years ago?

46. And what do you think your future self would advise you?

47. What is the biggest priority in your life right now?

48. What is your biggest regret in your life?

49. How do you plan to deal with your regrets and successes? Do you stop trying or do you keep working for it?

50. What is your ideal career?

51. Do you want to retire? If yes, how and when?

52. How do you measure success?

53. What resolutions do you often take?

54. How many goals have you accomplished?

55. Do you have unfinished projects you have always wanted to be done?

56. How much help did you provide your loved ones in achieving their goals?

57. How many of your goals have you achieved?

58. Did you get to have the time resources you needed to complete your goals?

59. What are your immediate goals?

60. What do you need to get your goals completed?

61. Are your deadlines realistic and motivating?

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62. What will be your reaction if you have accomplished a goal and vice versa?

63. What limitations are you facing in achieving your goals?

64. What steps are you taking to tackle these limitations?

Questions on Growth

Every experience, whether successful or not, teaches us something. It could be in the form of skills, knowledge, life lessons, relationships, and social interactions.

It is necessary to gauge your growth in both personal and career space in every experience you undertake so as to be aware of your capabilities and build your self-confidence.

You should also be aware of what works for you and what doesn’t when it comes to developing your skills.

65. What makes anything interesting to learn for you?

66. What are the things that you wish you are good at?

67. What actions do you regret the most?

68. What inaction or missed opportunity that you regret?

69. What do you usually say to yourself when you fail at something?

70. What experiences improved your self-confidence?

71. What do you think can improve your self-confidence?

72. How would you describe your last year in three words? And what would be the three words for your coming year?

73. What new skills did you learn last year?

74. What do you plan to learn in the coming days?

75. What are the mind blocks and difficulties that you overcame last year?

76. What are the things you wish to experience and learn about?

77. Which decision of yours turned out to be the best?

78. Which decision did not work out as you hoped? And why do you think that is?

79. What do you think you need to improve on?

80. What do you think you are really good at?

Questions on Beliefs

The way we shape our lives is very much dependent on our moral values and beliefs. One who believes honesty is paramount will not stoop low to cheat and lie to earn money.

Their meanings of success would differ from that of a con artist. The decisions you take in your life, the goals you set for yourself are all dependent on your belief system.

81. Do you believe in the concept of love at first sight?

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82. What does doing good deeds mean to you?

83. What do you prefer — live to work or work to live?

84. What do you think makes life meaningful?

85. What do you think makes anything right or wrong?

86. What do you think is better — being the biggest fish in a small pond or a small fish in a big pond?

87. What do you think inspires you?

88. What are the most important things to you in life?

89. What are your values?

90. How do you prioritize your goals and desires in life?

91. Do you believe in networking and connections to learn from peers and mentors?

92. What beliefs are holding you back from progress and which ones are helping you?

Questions on Motivation

If you cannot find yourself enjoying what you do, chances are your motivation for that job is quite weak. But not all work is jolly even if it means it will get you to achieving your big dreams.

Finding a way to motivate yourself through all the grunt work required is crucial to achieving your goals. And that also requires some self-digging.

93. What does the present mean to you?

94. When do you feel the most motivated?

95. Which methods help your motivation?

96. What makes you discouraged in pursuing your desires?

97. What are the things you do that make you lose track of time?

98. Who has had a positive impact on your life?

99. Who demotivates you?

100. What opportunities are you looking out for? How prepared are you to take up if that opportunity arrives?

Remember, the wise never stop asking questions especially to themselves. Once you have the answers, you can be rid of self-doubt and get to working your dreams to reality with conviction and undeterred commitment.

If you want to understand yourself more so as to start living the life you want, these articles can help you:

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How to Break Free From Negative Thinking for Good

How to Break Free From Negative Thinking for Good

Negative thinking can make us feel as though we are never truly good enough to change our lives. Whether we believe that we are not good looking enough, not smart enough, not funny enough, or something in between, we are always right.

We often tell ourselves the following:

“I’m not good enough to accomplish this.”

“They won’t like me. I’m too ugly to be around them.”

“I won’t ever be able to get out of this situation.”

How we see ourselves dictates how we lead our lives. This simple truth, while it is currently impacting your reality in a negative way, is actually good news. Why?

You can change your thinking, and when you can change your thoughts, you can change your reality.

Put simply, if you start to believe and feel like you are good-looking, intelligent, wealthy, or other things, you begin to see yourself in that light. If you tell yourself that you are capable of achieving greatness, you will eventually get there!

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That said, many find themselves wondering what to do when they get stuck in negative thinking. Are you tired of letting negative thinking run your life? Do you want to take control of how you feel and put yourself out there?

If you want to start writing your own narrative, let’s learn more about negative thought cycles and how you can change your own internal voice.

Where Do Negative Thoughts Come From?

You aren’t going to wake up one day and find that you are suffering from random negative thoughts. Negative thoughts are often a mix of ideas that we develop on our own, as well as ideas that we may have gotten from others.

For example, if you are constantly watching media where individuals are depicted as having thin bodies and perfect skin (and you do not have the same characteristics as those who are traditionally considered to be beautiful), you may come to the conclusion that you are not beautiful or deserving of love.

This is far from the truth, but your own take on how the world works can play into how you feel about yourself.

Equally harmful, the opinions of others can start to affect our self-perception. If several people tell you something negative about yourself, you may begin to take these opinions to heart, telling yourself the same things over time. This self-belief then becomes the model for how you live.

More often than not, the reality is that individuals who lack confidence and self-esteem are going to develop negative thought patterns.

This does not mean that confident people do not face internal crises of their own. After all, everyone is prone to experiencing a negative thought here and there. However, those who are self-aware and confident are able to bounce back from these thoughts and return to their truth.

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Those who do not think highly of themselves, on the other hand, are going to keep believing the negative thoughts that come into their mind. The issue? These negative thoughts turn into a repetitive cycle that becomes harder to break over time.

When you tell yourself something for months or years at a time, it can be difficult to transform that internal dialogue into something more positive and realistic. But is it possible? Absolutely!

The Importance of Quitting Negative Thinking

Beyond low-self esteem, there may be mental health-related causes behind your negative thought patterns, like depression. One of the major symptoms of depression is, you guessed it, negative thoughts. Depression can make us feel unworthy of love and life, even if we have everything we could wish for[1].

You may be struggling with anxiety disorders instead, which can paint uncertain visions of the future and leave you anticipating the worst long before the moment has arrived. Some people have anxiety about the present or will return to past moments where they felt as though they failed, which affects their feelings about who they are or who they will be[2].

Having mental health issues can make your situation more complex, but it is important to know that these types of health issues are highly treatable, especially with the assistance of a mental health professional. You are deserving of self-love, and getting help is the first, most important step of your journey!

How to Break the Cycle of Negative Thinking

In order to overcome your negative thought process, you are going to need two things: self-awareness and a willingness to love yourself. Once you are armed with these two tools, take a look below to learn more about how you can break free of the cycle of negative thinking.

1. Become Aware of the Thoughts That Are Affecting You

Negative thoughts are hard to catch because they have a tendency to become a part of who we are. These thoughts build our belief system and go unchallenged, even when they pop up daily.

All change begins with awareness. Whatever it is that you believe about yourself, take the time to pay attention to your own dialogue.

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What are you saying to yourself on a regular basis? How does it make you feel? Is any of it true?

 

When these thoughts are brought to your attention, you begin to notice just how often you are saying these things to yourself. Once you’ve cultivated awareness around these thoughts, you can begin to develop the change that you want.

2. Learn to Accept Them as They Come (and Move on)

A lot of people believe that you have to completely remove negative thinking patterns from your life in order to be happy. Not only is this not possible, but it’s also not true. You are going to experience negative thoughts regardless. It’s what you decide to do with these thoughts that matters.

Next time a negative thought comes into your mind, treat it like a passing car. Acknowledge it and let it pass you by. Don’t try to wave the driver over to you or continue thinking about once it has passed. Just let it go.

Giving power to your thoughts allows them to have control over you. You can’t stop a negative thought from entering your mind, but you always have the power to let it go!

3. Challenge Your Negative Thoughts

Our own beliefs play on a loop, telling us certain things over and over again. While it’s important to let go, it is also important to get to the root of these issues and figure out where they are coming from.

Let’s imagine that you are telling yourself you are stupid throughout the day. If you notice this pattern, ask yourself: Does this have any basis in reality? Am I really stupid or am I telling myself this unnecessarily? Is there any evidence to support this[3]?

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Challenge negative thinking by asking questions.

    Challenging your negative thoughts will help you realize that they are highly-exaggerated and untrue. This gives you the opportunity to transform these negative thoughts into positive ones that resonate with you.

    4. Replace These Thoughts with Kinder, More Realistic Alternatives

    Anything that is broken must be replaced. The broken record playing on a loop within you can easily be changed to a tune that you can actually sing to.

    Whenever a negative thought comes up, take the time to stop yourself and think of something positive to put in its place. If you find yourself saying, “I can’t do this,” try telling yourself that you are more than capable instead.

    Keep in mind, however, that you need to tell yourself things that you truly believe. If you start telling yourself things that don’t resonate with you and encounter a situation that proves your belief wrong, you may do more harm than good!

    Bottom Line

    Changing the way you think is a rigorous but rewarding process that will change your outlook on life. If you find yourself struggling with negative thinking, learn more about where they come from and how you can stop them for good with the guide above!

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