Anthony Robbins said the quality of your life is a direct reflection of the quality of the questions you are asking yourself. But often the problem for us is, we don’t know what questions to ask ourselves, or worse, we are not aware of the [bad] questions we unconsciously ask ourselves repeatedly.
Don’t fret. The following is a list of questions that are designed to provoke, to ignite, to direct or re-direct, or simply to clarify your thoughts. There are no right or wrong answers but only personal answers, which could provide us with a better sense of who we are, what we need, what we want but not need, what we can tolerate, what we cannot tolerate, etc.
The constantly growing set of questions are not mine, instead I encountered them from several thought-provoking people (including the world-famous Marcel Proust’s 35 Questionnaire), and they have helped me think clearer about my life. I hope it can give the same effect on you (feel free to copy-paste them to your own notes and answer them).
Here are the questions:
Jay Shetty: [insert your name] loves….
Jay Shetty: I have no tolerance for…..
Jay Shetty: what questions do you ask yourself the most?
Jay Shetty: the accomplishment you most proud of and why?
Jay Shetty: what question do you wish people ask you more often?
Jay Shetty: [ask that question]
Jay Shetty: what have been the greatest lesson you’ve learned in the past 12 months?
Jim Kwik: if you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Vishen Lakhiani: what experiences do you want to have in this lifetime?
Vishen Lakhiani: How do you want to grow?
Lewis Howes: What is your definition of greatness?
Shane Parrish: Am I living the life that I want to live?
Shane Parrish: What would I regret if I died today?
Marcel Proust: what is your idea of perfect happiness?
Marcel Proust: what is your marked characteristics?
Marcel Proust: What is your greatest fear?
Marcel Proust: What historical figure do you most identify with?
Marcel Proust: Who are your heroes in real life?
Marcel Proust: Which living person do you most admire?
Marcel Proust: What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Marcel Proust: What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Marcel Proust: What is your favourite journey?
Marcel Proust: What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Marcel Proust: Which word or phrases do you most overuse?
Marcel Proust: What is your greatest regret?
Marcel Proust: What is your current state of mind?
Marcel Proust: If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
Marcel Proust: What is your most treasured possession?
Marcel Proust: What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Marcel Proust: Where would you like to live?
Marcel Proust: What is your favourite occupation?
Marcel Proust: What is the quality you most like in a man?
Marcel Proust: What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Marcel Proust: What are your favourite names?
Marcel Proust: What is your motto?
Anthony Robbins: What am I happy about in my life now?
Anthony Robbins: What am I excited about in my life now?
Anthony Robbins: What am I proud about in my life now?
Anthony Robbins: What am I grateful about in my life now?
Anthony Robbins: What am I enjoying in my life right now?
Anthony Robbins: What am I committed to in my life right now?
Anthony Robbins: Who do I love? Who loves me?
Tim Ferriss: What can you learn from the people you hate the most?
Tim Ferriss: What is the book (or books) you’ve given most as a gift, and why? Or what are one to three books that have greatly influenced your life?
Tim Ferriss: What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months (or in recent memory)? My readers love specifics like brand and model, where you found it, etc.
Tim Ferriss: How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a “favorite failure” of yours?
Tim Ferriss: If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it — metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions — what would it say and why? It could be a few words or a paragraph. (If helpful, it can be someone else’s quote: Are there any quotes you think of often or live your life by?
Tim Ferriss: What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made? (Could be an investment of money, time, energy, etc.
Tim Ferris: What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?
Tim Ferriss: In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?
Tim Ferriss: What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student about to enter the “real world”? What advice should they ignore?
Tim Ferriss: What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?
Tim Ferriss: When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do? (If helpful: What questions do you ask yourself?)
Jay Shetty: if you could create a law based on the teachings you’ve learned for the world to follow, what would it be?
Tom Bilyeu: What impact do you want to make in the world?
Lewis Howes: I want you to imagine that you are the great person that you dream of being, and you’ve created everything you wanted to create everything you wanted to create in your life. You’ve accomplished all the dreams, all the big goals that you’ve set. You’ve made them happen. You’ve got the family of your dreams. You’ve done it all. But you have to take everything with you. Everything you’ve created, your books, your movies, you have to take everything with you so that no one has access to your information anymore… all your social media content, it’s all gone. But you get to write down the three things you know to be true about your life, the lessons you would leave behind. All people would have to remember you by are these lessons. What would you say are your three truths? From the top of your head…. what lessons would you want people to take away from your life?
Shane Parrish: You’re 100 years old, sitting in a porch alone, and it’s your last day on earth. You started to reflect on your life and every little moments in it. What would you see? What would your eulogy say about you?
And what would be the perfect eulogy?