Life Questions

Core Questions

  • Who am I? (What are my core values, beliefs, and priorities?)
  • What do I want?
  • How am I going to get it?
  • How can I be better today than I was yesterday?

Beliefs

  • What is it I believe to be true about myself?
  • Who do I believe I have to be in order to be accepted/acceptable, loved/loveable?
  • Am I masking my true self because I feel that I must prove something to other people?

Narrative

  • What is the story or narrative of my life that I’ve been telling myself? Is it one of lack or abundance? Does it feature blame, shame, and self-pity or strength, resilience, and hope?
  • Am I taking 100% responsibility for my life and where I am today?
  • Am I satisfied with the outcomes that I’m getting in my life? If not, then I must change something in myself in order to get different outcomes.

Purpose and Behavior Alignment

  • Am I clear about my life’s deepest purpose?
  • How aligned is my life (daily habits, focus, time, career) with this purpose?
  • What systems of discipline do I have for living this purpose?
  • Do I still have passion for my work?

Fear and Resistance

  • What am I afraid of?
  • In what ways do I sacrifice my deepest purpose by allowing fear to take over?
  • What am I trying to control in my environment that is actually beyond my control? What do I need to let go of in order to have more peace and less fear?
  • How are my beliefs, narrative, and unclear purpose driving my fear?
  • How is my fear driving my beliefs, narrative, and unclear purpose?
  • How is this painful loop impacting my procrastination, perfectionism, time management, and self-management, and so on?

9 Things to Stop Doing

  1. Stop pretending you are someone you are not.
  2. Stop lying to yourself.
  3. Stop focusing on what you don’t want in your life.
  4. Stop giving your needs the lowest priority.
  5. Stop wasting your time on all the things that DON’T MATTER!
  6. Stop blaming yourself and others for your problems.
  7. Stop proving your value to others (but don’t stop providing value).
  8. Stop spending your time with people you don’t want to spend your time with!
  9. Stop running away from your problems. Start asking yourself the right questions instead.

10 Attributes of Emotional Intelligence

  1. Nonjudgmental Attitude: Bringing Out the Best in Others
  2. Perceptiveness: Helping Others to Understand Themselves
  3. Sincerity: Fostering Genuine Honesty
  4. Presence: Taking Personal Responsibility
  5. Relevance: Supporting the Truth
  6. Expressiveness: Creating Smooth Communication
  7. Supportiveness: Fostering Loyalty and a Sense of Contribution
  8. Boldness: Resolving Conflicts Early
  9. Zeal: Offering a Model of Effective Leadership
  10. Self-Assurance: Encouraging Others to Greater Levels of Risk Taking and Achievement

Remember

  • Be good to yourself
  • Be kind to yourself
  • Be compassionate with yourself
  • And do the same with others
  • Control the controllables and let the rest go
  • Purpose always trumps fear!

Thanks to my friend, author, entrepreneur, and coach Justin Foster for contributing to this list. You can find his thought-provoking writings at www.fosterthinking.com

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