I used to skip it. I was too busy, or at least that is what I was telling myself. Why invest time in pausing and reflecting about myself and my life if everything is fine. Because it is fine, isn’t it?
Why invest time in this?
Because if we don’t do it we’ll inevitably live most of our life on autopilot. Partially or completely blind to who we truly are and what is really happening in our lives.
Because it’s by slowing down, asking open questions to ourselves and taking the time to think of those answers that we make sense of life and learn about ourselves. We might even make a realization or discover something completely new.
Because we cannot change what we don’t see. We want to see what is not working to improve it and make it better.
Or do you prefer to keep your limitations? I don’t, and I trust you don’t want to keep them either!
So in the spirit of that, here I share with you six out of dozens of questions offered by a book I recently read with two of my best friends: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.
Quoting from the book: “To protect yourself against negative influences of your own making, recognize that negative influences often work on you through your subconscious mind, therefore they are difficult to detect. To aid those who wish to see themselves as they really are, read the following questions and state your answers aloud, so you can hear your own voice. This will make it easier for you to be truthful with yourself.”
– What habits of other people annoy you most?
– Can you name three of your most damaging weaknesses? What are you doing to correct them?
– How much time out of every 24 hours do you devote to:
c) Play and relaxation
d) Acquiring useful knowledge
e) Plain waste
– By what rules do you judge who is helpful and who is damaging to you?
– What is your greatest worry? Why do you tolerate it?
– Do you have a definite major purpose, and if so, what is it, and what plan do you have for achieving it?
Enjoy the self-analysis and feel free to DM me your insights!
PS: Here is my answer to the question ‘By what rules do you judge who is helpful and who is damaging to you?’ By how I feel when I connect with them: energy lift vs energy drain. By the degree of their questioning for my benefit. By their victim vs responsible mindset. By their growth vs fixed mindset. By their willingness to hear me and be genuinely interested in how I feel. By their unconditional acceptance and love.