5 Unexpected Questions that can Change Your Life

Questions hold the potential for change but thought without action is defeat.

“It is easier to act yourself into a new way of thinking, than it is to think yourself into a new way of acting.” Anonymous

Each question listed below includes clear action items.

Questions hold the potential for change but thought without action is defeat. Image of a lazy puppy.

5 questions that can change your life:

#1. What beliefs about yourself are rocks in your pockets?

Change your beliefs, change your life.

  1. List three self-defeating beliefs that hold you back.
  2. Discuss one self-defeating belief with a sage.
  3. Develop a positive behavior that contradicts your self-defeating belief.
  4. Become accountable to report progress to a sage.

#2. What do you dislike about yourself? Like?

Project: Make two columns on a piece of paper. Column #1 – things I dislike about myself. Column #2 – things I like about myself.

If you like everything about yourself, you need feedback.

Reflection: Which column do you most frequently live in?

The process of change begins with imagination, moves to language, and finds expression in behaviors.

#3. How will you evaluate your performance next week?

Set relationship building goals.

Make a list of three people who have contributed to your life. Send them a thank you note describing their contribution. Better yet, call them. Even better, deliver a handwritten note to them and ask them to read it while you wait.

#4. Who do you need to forgive?

When you bring up hurt feelings, who comes to mind?

Write one person’s name on a piece of paper. Record their offenses in detail. List your emotional responses. Reflect on the person and your observations. Tear the paper up and throw it in the garbage. If possible, burn it.

Forgiveness is freedom.

Forgiveness means we're moving forward with the future - not the past - in mind.

#5. What would be missing if you weren’t here?

List three things that would be missing if you didn’t exist? How can you spend more time fulfilling your place in the world?

I asked John Maxwell about questions to ask yourself:

Which of the above questions can you ask yourself today?

What questions would you add to the above list?

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