Life can be hectic.
Most of us have our hands full just trying to keep it all together. We do what we have to just to get by, from day to day. We seldom stop to ask ourselves, “Why am I here? Where am I headed? What’s it’s all about?”
But it’s exactly this kind on inquiry we must do-and do often-if we want to live a life of purpose. It’s too easy to fall into a comfortable routine, and just go through the motions, while day turn into weeks, turn into months..
And beforehand you know it, years of your life has passed by.
Don’t let that happen to you. Get clear about your passion, your dream, your vision. Set specific, achievable, step by -step goals. Most importantly, take time every day to stop and reflect on your life, your progress, and the things most important to you.
Here are some questions to ask yourself everyday, to help you keep your vision in focus and keep your life on track.
Set Your Intentions in The Morning.
Mornings are the most important part of the day. It sets the tone for the rest of the day. Have you ever noticed how when you over sleep, and you have to rush around like crazy, you end feeling stressed and frazzled the rest of the day. Some people do that every day.
Don’t be that person. It’s essential to start the day off right. Make time to meditate, clear your head. Think about your life, get clear about what you want, what’s important- what you need to do to take care of every thing you need to.
Who are the Most Important people in my life?
Life isn’t just about you- your career and your personal goals. Real happiness is found in relationship, in deep, heartfelt connection to each other. This question #1 because your loved ones are mort important than your job, more important than money, more important than anything.
So keep first things first. Take time every day to remember those closest to you, and how much they mean to you. Make sure you tell them and more importantly- show then how you feel.
What would I Do if Money Didn’t Matter?
This question can really help you hone in on your passion, you purpose, your zest for life. What would you do today if you didn’t have to worry about paying your bills? What would you do with the rest of your life?
Whatever the answer, that’s what you should be doing anyway. That’s your calling. It’s why your here. You can make it your livelihood, and you won’t really be satisfied until you do.
What Steps Can I Take Today?
It’s wonderful to have a dream, to have a vision, to have long term goals. But a dream is just a dream until you make it real. It doesn’t mean a thing unless you act on it today.
So get real, get practical. What small steps can you take today? Write it down. Make a to-do list, an action plan. If you don’t know what to do, or where to begin- find out. It can be as simple as going to the library and checking out a book or looking on the internet and doing some research. But do something, at least one small thing every day. Keep that dream alive.
How Do I Want to Show up?
Sometimes what you do isn’t as important as how you do it. It’s great to have a plan, an agenda for the day. But now it’s time to ask yourself., “How do I want to show up? Calm, confident, caring, assertive, charming, kind, inspiring?”
The question can apply to any situation. You probably embody different qualities at work than you do at home. But ask yourself “ How do I want to meet the world today? Get clear about that, Feel it. Own it. Be it.
Where is My Attention Right Now?
This is one to ask yourself over and over, as often as possible. In fact, it can be helpful to set an alarm to go off at random moments, or use an app the when that bell rings, it’s your signal to stop and ask “Where is my attention? Am I here now, in the moment? Or am I daydreaming?
The mort you catch your mind wondering off, the more you will realize just how often it does.-and how little time you actually spend being in the present here and now, enjoying life.
What am I Holding Back?
Is there something that you want to say- to your partner, your parents, your boss or co-worker- but you just haven’t been able to bring yourself to say it.
Is there something you’ve been longing to do, but you never get around to it? It doesn’t have to be anything grand. Maybe there’s a cute guy or girl you have been wanting to ask out. Or a little shop you drive by every day, and wonder what’s inside.
What are You Afraid Of?
When ever you find yourself holding back, the obvious follow is, “ What’s stopping me? What am I afraid of?”
This isn’t meant to be a time to self-criticize. But the opportunity for self-awareness. Seek to identify our fears and hang ups, but don’t beat yourself up over them. Simply become aware of your internal process, especially the fears and doubts that stop from doing what your heart longs to do.
Awareness is the first step to freedom.
If Not Now, When?
This question is the final step in disarming the fear trap. Whatever is you’re holding back, ask yourself, “If not now, when?”
This question is deeper than it appears. At first you’ll probably rationalize, and make excuses. “I’m to busy right now. Maybe later, when I have more time. But you’re always busy. You’ll never have more time. Later is an illusion.
The truth is, the opportunities you let pass by today may never come again. So don’t hold back. Say what you want to say. Do what you long to do.
If you don’t do it now, odds are you never will.