Personal development questions to ask
We all have ambitions for the future; things we would like to do, be or have. We set goals and we attempt to pursue our objectives. However, we often start too late in the process. It is easy to get carried away in all the excitement of goal setting and objectives. Just as with projects in the workplace, there is one crucial ingredient that is often forgotten when we try to make big changes to our lives. It’s a great adventure when we decide to set our life in a new direction but before we change our direction, we need to know where we are. If you don’t know where you are; how do you know which direction to take to get to where you want to go? You should regularly ask yourself the following personal development questions to help you determine the changes you need to make in your life.
The following personal development questions help you determine where you are in life so; you can then decide where you want to go and what direction you need to take to get there.
1. What is the purpose of my life
What are you trying to achieve with your life. Fast forward to the end of your life and ask yourself what you would like to be remembered for when it’s all done. What difference would you like to have made? What contribution would you like to have made to your family, friends, community etc.? Once you know your purpose, your purpose should then shape your goals and everyday actions, allowing you to create the life you want to live.
Have trouble defining your purpose? Check out the Living Purposefully Workbook.
2. What are my values?
Values are personal qualities and characteristics. They are like rules for life which guide your decision making in the most crucial moments. Sadly, values are often forgotten but when you live in contradiction to your values, you will struggle to be happy. For example, if you value honesty, how would you feel about stealing money from somebody else in order to buy something you want?
In all likelihood, you would be completely opposed to the idea. That is values in action. There are many more potential values which guide you; though they are not all as obvious as that. It is important that you have clarity about your values so that you can make the right choices when it matters most.