Empowering Questions to Focus on Who You Want to Be
Article written by Marquita Herald for Inspired Gifting
Questions have the ability to change our focus in an instant, transforming your mindset from limiting to empowering. In fact our minds love it when we ask ourselves questions because questions provide the mind with incentive, direction and focus. As soon as you ask a question, your mind immediately begins searching for an answer.
By training yourself to consciously ask empowering questions, regardless of your circumstances, you are able to direct your mind to focus on new possibilities and solutions.
The Nature of Empowering Questions
It may seem obvious to state that the kind of questions you ask trigger specific responses; but let’s consider a couple of examples to see how this can affect the quality of your life.
What if you were to repeatedly ask yourself questions such as “Why don’t I ever have time for me?” … “Why didn’t I know better?” or “Why am I always the loser in these situations?” Such questions are backward looking and self-defeating, and the answers you get with them will be naturally disempowering.
On the other hand, questions such as “What can I learn from this experience?”… “What am I really good at?” and “What makes me genuinely happy?” are empowering and provoke you to think in terms of possibilities, immediately setting you on the path to a better life.
How you feel and what you achieve in life will inevitably come down to where you choose to direct your attention, and questions are by far the most powerful tool for achieving focus and results.
Following are twenty empowering questions to get you started. If you’d like more, there’s a link at the end where you can grab the free guide 101 Empowering Questions.
20 Empowering Questions to Remind You Who You Want to Be
- What do I absolutely love in life?
- How would I describe myself in 30 seconds or less?
- What can I do today that I could not do a year ago?
- Who do I need to forgive?
- What is my greatest regret in life so far? How can I reframe it to turn it into a valuable life lesson?
- Am I doing what I really want to do with my life?
- The most defining moment of my life thus far is …
- How critical am I? Could I go 2 weeks without criticizing anyone or anything?
- What am I really, really good at?
- What would I like to get really, really good at?
- Have I allowed shoulds to get in the way of my happiness?
- What does it mean to allow another person to truly love me?
- If someone could tell me the exact day and time I am going to die, would I want them to tell me? What would I do with that knowledge?
- What am I hanging on to that I need to make peace with and let go?
- Am I proud to tell people what I do for a living?
- What is the most spontaneous thing I’ve ever done? How did it make me feel?
- Through all of life’s twists and turns who has been there for me? Have I told them how much that means to me?
- Do I honestly express my opinions or do I hide my feelings to avoid conflict?
- When was the last time I really challenged myself?
- How would I describe my future in three words?
Please keep in mind what you get out of this exercise will be in direct proportion to what you put in to it. Is it worth taking the time? The greatest waste of all is spending your life not being true to who you really are and want to be on a bet that somehow, some day, things will all work out.