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101 Questions To Ask Yourself in Life

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Updated on March 12, 2023 “The key to wisdom is knowing all the right questions.” — John Simone Do you ever stop and ask yourself meaningful questions? Surprisingly, the questions you ask yourself have a...

101 Questions to Ask Yourself in Life

Updated on March 12, 2023

“The key to wisdom is knowing all the right questions.” — John Simone

Do you ever stop and ask yourself meaningful questions? Surprisingly, the questions you ask yourself have a profound impact on the life you lead. They shape your focus, actions, and ultimately, the results you achieve. By posing empowering questions, you open yourself up to new perspectives, solutions, and ideas, which can elevate your life to the next level.

However, when you ask limiting questions, you trap yourself in a negative state. Questions like “Why am I so unlucky?” or “Why am I always caught in such a bad situation?” only yield disempowering answers. On the other hand, forward-thinking questions like “What can I learn from this experience?”, “What can I do differently moving forward?”, and “What am I grateful for?” set you on a positive path towards personal growth and a better life.

If you're not accustomed to self-reflection, you might find these questions challenging. But that's okay! Take your time, relax, and approach them at different sittings. The answers will come to you when you least expect it. Remember, these questions are not meant to be answered in one go. They are designed to foster continuous growth and personal development.

To aid your journey, I have compiled a list of 101 important questions for self-reflection. These questions have been carefully curated based on my experience as a coach, helping my clients remove inner barriers and discover their true selves. They will guide you towards clarifying what truly matters to you in life.

Important Points to Note

  • Take your time: Don't rush through these questions. Reflect on a few at a time and revisit the list periodically.
  • No right or wrong answers: There is no definitive, one-size-fits-all answer for these questions. Your answers may evolve and change over time. Use this list as a guide for self-discovery.
  • Bookmark this article: It's a valuable resource for your personal growth. You can also download the ebook version for easy reference.

Now, let's dive into the thought-provoking questions that have the potential to transform your life:

1. Who are you? How would you describe yourself?

2. What are you passionate about?

3. What past achievements are you proudest of?

4. What are you grateful for?

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5. What are the most important things to you in life?

6. What are your values?

7. On a scale of 1-10, how much do you love yourself? Why did you give this score?

8. Is it 10/10? If not, how can you achieve a 10/10 self-love?

9. What is your ideal self? What qualities does he/she have?

10. How can you be more like your ideal self?

11. Look at your life now. On a scale of 1-10, how happy are you with your life? Why did you give this score?

12. How can you increase your happiness level?

13. If you had a year left to live, what would you do?

14. If you only had a week left to live, what would you do?

15. If you only had a day left to live, what would you do?

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16. If you only had a minute left to live, what would you do?

17. What are the biggest things you’ve learned in life to date?

18. What advice would you give to your younger self?

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19. Imagine you are 10 years older. What advice would you give to your present self?

20. What are your Quadrant 2 tasks?

21. How can you start working on them?

22. What are the things that keep you busy but are unimportant?

23. Can you discard them? If not, how can you streamline, automate, or delegate them?

24. What are your biggest goals and dreams?

25. If you could do something for free for the rest of your life, what would it be?

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26. What would you do if you cannot fail — if there are no limitations in money, resources, time, or networks?

27. How can you make this happen, even if in a small way?

28. What do you want to achieve one year from now?

29. ...three years from now?

30. ...five years from now?

31. ...ten years from now?

32. How important are these goals to you?

33. What are your action steps to achieve your first goal?

34. What are your action steps to achieve your second goal?

35. What are your action steps to achieve your other goals?

36. Identify three people who have achieved your desired goals.

37. What did they do to achieve the goals? What can you learn from them?

38. Are you putting any parts of your life on hold? Why?

39. What is the top priority in your life right now? What are you doing about it?

40. If you were to die tomorrow, what would be your biggest regret?

41. ...What can you do now to make sure that it doesn’t happen?

42. Looking back on your life, have you done anything that you regretted?

43. ...What happened, and why?

44. ...What can you learn from this episode?

45. ...What can you do differently moving forward?

46. Is there a grudge or pain that you are holding on to?

47. ...Why are you holding on to it?

48. ...Is it time to let it go?

49. What is your biggest frustration right now?

50. ...What can you do about it?

51. What is the biggest thing you can do now to change your life for the better?

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52. If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?

53. Do you love your current job? Why or why not?

54. What is your ideal career?

55. ...What can you do to start working towards it?

56. What is your ideal diet?

57. ...Are you following your ideal diet now?

58. ...If not, what can you do to move towards it?

59. What is your ideal home like?

60. ...Is your current home a match with your ideal home?

61. ...If not, what do you need to do to achieve your ideal home?

62. What is your ideal physical look?

63. ...Is your current look a match with your ideal look?

64. ...If not, what do you need to do to achieve your ideal look?

65. What is your ideal life?

66. ...What do you need to do to start living your ideal life?

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67. What would you want to say to yourself in 10 years?

68. What do you fear most? Why?

69. Is there anything you are running away from? Why?

70. Are you settling for less than what you are worth? Why?

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71. What is your inner dialogue like?

72. Do you have limiting beliefs? What are they?

73. ...Are they helping you to achieve your goals? If not, is it time to let them go?

74. What empowering beliefs can you replace them with?

75. What bad habits do you want to break?

76. How can you break these bad habits?

77. What good habits do you want to cultivate?

78. How can you develop these good habits?

79. What is the meaning of life?

80. What is your life purpose? What is your mission?

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81. What drives you? When are you most inspired, motivated, and charged up?

82. What did you do during those times? How can you do more of that starting today?

83. Who are your favorite people to hang out with?

84. Why? How can you spend more time with them?

85. You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Who are the 5 people you spend the most time with?

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86. Are these people enabling you or holding you back?

87. For the people holding you back, how can you spend less time with them?

88. Do you have any toxic relationships in your life? If so, is it time to let them go?

89. Where can you meet people who can uplift you?

90. Is there someone whom you admire or respect?

91. What do you like about this person? How can you be more like him/her?

92. What qualities do you look for in your ideal partner?

93. Do you embody these qualities too?

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94. Are you afraid of letting others get close to you? Why?

95. Who are the most important people to you in the world?

96. How can you spend more time with them starting today?

97. Describe the kind of person you enjoy spending time with. How can you be this person to others?

98. If you could choose anyone in the world, who would you like to be your mentor?

99. How can you learn from them (even if you don’t know them personally)?

100. How can you change someone’s life for the better today?

101. What are you going to do differently after reading this article?

Get ready to embark on a journey of self-reflection and personal growth. By exploring these important questions, you'll gain a deeper understanding of yourself and uncover valuable insights that will guide you towards a more fulfilling and purposeful life.

Remember, it's your life and your journey. Take the time to listen to yourself and discover the wisdom within. The answers are waiting for you.

Get the manifesto version of this article: The Self-Reflection Manifesto

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