When I observe the world around me, I often have a feeling that many people are living on an autopilot. They are successfully completing their to-do lists with learned activities and filling up their lives with objects listed on their wish list, yet completely undervalue their inner-self! They strive for the “having’’ status rather than the “being’’ status. Developing a deep sense of self-awareness is essential for living a meaningful and fulfilling life. It’s also a key building block of our emotional intelligence and the foundation of having a healthy self-image.
What is self-awareness?
Self-awareness is the conscious knowledge of who we are and what we stand for, understanding our feelings, our motives, and our desires. Cultivating self-awareness is as essential for our living as air for our lungs.
Here is a selection of 20 powerful questions to help you boost your self-awareness:
1.) How fulfilling is your everyday life?
2.) What are your personal values?
3.) Are the professional values aligned with your personal values?
4.) Who are you most inspired by? Why?
5.) What would the “ideal’’ you be like?
6.) What are you most proud of?
7.) What do you fear most?
8.) What is your “Why’’?
9.) How do you recharge your energy?
10.) What are your key 5 strengths?
11.) What are your 3 biggest weaknesses?
12.) How do you react in challenging situations?
13.) How do you deal with uncertainty and the unknown that you have no control over?
14.) What defines success for you?
15.) What advice would you give to yourself as a child?
16.) What does self-love mean to you?
17.) Are you satisfied with your current relationship status?
18.) Who are the most 3 important people in your life?
19.) What achievements are you most proud of?
20.) What have you always dreamt of?
And now what?
Now, take a moment for yourself (do not postpone it), grab a piece of paper or a journal, slow down, sit in a calm and comfortable place, and answer these questions. What do they reveal? Are there any changes you think you need to make? Think about your answers and let them guide you on a journey towards your true-self.
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