Are there burning questions that you ask yourself daily or do you go through life just responding and not reflecting?
Throughout the course of a day, people ponder over various questions:
- What is my purpose?
- Why did my significant other leave me?
- Am I good enough?
The list goes on. But probably the best questions to ask are those that would positively affect our lives. You are probably wondering what are those questions. Well, I’ve checked various discussions and found hundreds of questions about various topics. There are several though that are worthy of discussion here, and I’ve included a few of my own.
Question #1: If you’re on your deathbed now, how would you assess the life you’ve lived?
Some people who have had near death experiences say that, all that happened in their lives flashed before them. Now, imagine yourself about to die… think about what you’ve done throughout all your life. Is it something you can be proud of? If there were things you’ve done that you are not proud of, would you change them if you have a chance? What would you do to change them?
This reminds me of a famous inspirational quote from the late Steve Jobs from a Stanford commencement speech:
“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
Question #2: Who am I?
When you look in the mirror, are you happy with the person you see? Do you hold your head up proudly because you have integrity or a heart for serving others? Or do you see someone who has not lived an honest or fulfilled life because of your character flaws? How would you define yourself in three words? Encourager? Loyal friend? Leader? Honestly assess your personality and character traits, and write them down. And if you find some that are not pleasing to you or that are not value-driven, make a plan to change them today so that you can hold your head up proudly and smile when you see your reflection. Be the best person you can be.
Question #3: Who do I want to be?
Once you know who you are, now it’s time to ask yourself, Do you already know what or who you want to become in the future? If so, then ask what are you doing to get to achieve your goal?
We may not realize it, but we take the future for granted. How often do we think of what we want to accomplish in 5, 10 or 20 years? The answer for most is not often at all. Planning our future is as important as saving for the future in that we should know what we are saving for. This could be a short and a long term goal. Make sure to plan for both. If you need help on taking the steps towards attaining your goals, ask someone to help you or review the steps in my previous blog, 7 Steps to Achieving Your Goals.
Question #4: Am I saving enough for my future?
Everyday, we get one day older and our future becomes our present. So what we save today will be what we retire with years from now. Most people don’t want to rely on government assistance when they retire. So you should you do? Plan to save now.There are many ways you can save money, including opening a high-yield savings account, contributing to your company’s 401k plan, saving a certain portion of your check each payday, and reducing your spending. If you create these habits now, you will appreciate the sacrifice you made when you are older and retired, and your golden years can be spent traveling or enjoying the life you’ve created.
Question #5: Am I a good human being?
When you go to sleep at night, ask yourself: What good have I done today? It doesn’t have to be complex. Rather, it could be as simple as smiling at a person you met on the road as you walked across the street, or offering directions to someone who was lost.
You do not have to give a huge sum to a non-profit organization (although this is a great idea!). Small gestures can have a huge impact. Do not underestimate their power because you could change someone’s life when you show you care, and the world certainly needs more of that.
Question #6: Is this what I want to do for the rest of my life?
This question sums up other related questions like, “Am I doing what makes me happy?” “Am I enjoying what I’m doing right now?”
As they say, life is short. So we might as well spend it the best way we can. Do the things you’ve been wanting to do. You may be in a job you are not really happy with right now, but you continue to stay there because it pays the bills. However, you do not have to settle. You can make the decision to pursue your passion on the side in your free time.
Question #7: What will be my legacy?
Whether you realize it or not, your legacy is something you are living right now. Your legacy is how will be remembered when you die. Has your life made a difference for others? There’s a quote that says, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” No one will care about your knowledge, awards, riches or material goods. So live everyday knowing that you will leave a legacy for others. Decide that your legacy will be one that others can build upon – one that is solid and is beneficial to future generations.