Questions are one of the best ways to help you determine what it is you truly want in life. But before you begin, where do you record these questions, answers and ideas? On your journal and writing software, of course! Write these questions down, leaving some space below each, and as you think about them, write down whatever answers, ideas, feelings and even new questions that may come up to you.
Here are some more:
1. When I was small, what was the first thing that I’ve dreamt of doing or be- coming? How have these ambitions of mine changed over the course of time? Why do they change? Will I still be able to live them now if I would just give my all into it?
2. What are some of the things which I think I have to accomplish before I can really feel that I’ve done something important in my life? What are the goals that I have to meet before I can really feel complete? What is missing and what must I do to reclaim what I feel is missing in my life story?
3. What do I enjoy doing most right now? What are the hobbies, activities and work which I find pleasure in doing currently? What are the things which find me the most satisfaction, concentration and delight when I’m doing them?
4. What were the skills which I had acquired over a relatively short period of time? What have I learnt quickly and easily? What am I good at? What are the things which I know I am good at and which other people tell me I am good at?
Done yet? So, you think you really know what you really want, do you? Well, put it to the test by asking (and writing out the answers to) these questions:
– What will I gain in achieving this goal?
– What will I feel when I have achieved this goal?
– Why do I want to achieve it?
– What are my true reasons & motivations for reaching these goals?
– What will I see, hear, touch, smell and taste while I am experiencing the moment of accomplishment of this goal?
– What emotions, inner bodily feelings, mental states will I experience when I have achieved this goal?
– How different will my life be like after I’ve attained it?
– How will it benefit or improve the condition of my life and those whom I
– What am I willing to give, or sacrifice, for this goal?
– What will people perceive of me after I’ve attained this goal?
If you find that your goal(s) still look, feel unsatisfactory after you’ve put them through these questions, refine them or look for new ones. These questions will help you to find what you truly want. If you feel that you’ve already identified what you really, really want to achieve without having to use these meta- questions, by all means, go ahead.