27 Questions To Help You Find Yourself

by Amanda Linehan on February 15, 2010 · 18 comments

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Note: The questions in this post are also contained in the post Self Reflection Questions, which is a compilation of all the self reflection questions mentioned on this blog.

If you want the answers, you’ve got to ask the questions.  You don’t have to ask them all.  Just answer the ones that “call out to you.”  See where they take you!

Find Yourself By Asking The Right Question

  1. Why?
  2. What has gone well?
  3. What has not gone well?
  4. How do (did) I feel?
  5. What do I fear?
  6. What motivates me?
  7. What are my goals?
  8. What do I want for my life?
  9. What do I value?
  10. What am I really good at?
  11. What is challenging for me?
  12. How do other people see me?
  13. What do I enjoy?
  14. Where am I dissatisfied in my life?
  15. Where do I get energy from?
  16. What takes energy away from me?
  17. How do I most want to contribute to others?
  18. What do I love to do?
  19. When do I feel alive?
  20. When do I feel the most “natural”?
  21. What do I hesitate to admit about myself?
  22. Where am I meeting resistance right now?
  23. What do I most want to create?
  24. If I was brave, what would I do?
  25. What are my dreams?
  26. What are my best gifts?
  27. What have I always wanted to try?

Have a question to add?  Leave it in the comments!

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1 Walter February 15, 2010 at 8:14 pm

There’s on question that’s nagging me for years. It’s Who am I really? Despite the short time we have in this life, I can’t help wondering who am I beyond my physical form. :-)

2 Jon Keyo February 16, 2010 at 2:55 pm

I just love these list i can follow to think about myself and refresh quickly many important things on my mind. Thank You

3 Meg at Demanding Joy February 17, 2010 at 10:48 pm

What would I do if money were no object?

I have small children, so “why?” is not my favorite any more.
.-= Meg at Demanding Joy´s last blog ..We Are a Production! =-.

4 Robin Dickinson February 19, 2010 at 12:49 am

What’s life trying to do through me?

Best to you, Robin :)
.-= Robin Dickinson´s last blog ..Where the greatest opportunities are on-line =-.

5 Grace & Peace February 19, 2010 at 2:59 am

What are my intentions for life?

How can I be more wholesome ?

What make me happy and give me energy and what not?

Those are my questions =)

6 Carrie February 20, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Great questions Amanda :-) I agree with Meg on the why question!

7 Sara February 22, 2010 at 11:33 am

This is a great list of questions, certainly one to hold to and answer one or two every so often…as a check in on my life:~)

I’ll answer this question: “What do I love to do?” I love to laugh, be creative and help others.

Regarding questions to add, here are my offerings: How do I use my intuition and what gets my creativity flowing?

8 Amanda Linehan February 23, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Hi Walter – Great question :)

Hi Jon – Glad you like the list. :)

Hi Meg – Good addition. I guess you hear “why” a lot. ;)

Hi Robin – I like that one. Makes you think of yourself as an instrument or tool for contributing to the world.

Hi Grace & Peace – These are good questions to add. :)

Hi Carrie – I bet you do!

Hi Sara – Really like the intuition question. That’s an important one!

9 jonathanfigaro February 24, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Nice post. Did you ever ask yourself these question on a mental slump?

10 Chris Edgar February 26, 2010 at 2:02 am

“What do I really want?” — This is definitely the kind of question I’ve been asking myself lately, and what I eventually accepted was that I wanted to start another blog that brought out more of what we might call my pointy-headed intellectual side. I’ve finally done it within the last few days, and it’s been immensely satisfying.

11 J.D. Meier February 27, 2010 at 9:19 pm

I’m a fan of a question-driven approach and I like your questions for teasing out clarity.

12 Amanda Linehan February 28, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Hi Jonathan – I ask myself many of these questions regularly. I find they are good for taking my “self awareness pulse.” :)

Hi Chris – I agree. Checking in with that question regularly keeps me on the right path.

Hi J.D. – I find that asking the most simple questions, gets great results.

13 Tess The Bold Life March 1, 2010 at 9:21 am

Wow Amanda these questions are great!
What went right in the last 24 hrs?
What did I get right in the last 24 hrs?

14 Amanda Linehan March 1, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Hi Tess – Thanks! I like these additions a lot. I used to ask myself similar questions on a daily basis. Looking at just a 24 hour period can tell you a lot.

15 Yvette March 17, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Hi Amanda,

Thank you for posting this. I was feeling a bit off with my life.

I took a day off from work and dedicated that to focus on the 27 questions. It helped me strip things down to what makes me happy and anxious and helped me define what I want. In my observation, I found a disconnect between my immediate reaction vs. the dreams I have so I gotta work on that.

I’m reading your post “Lost? Find Yourself Again” to help me define my center better.

16 Amanda Linehan March 25, 2011 at 10:37 am

Hi Yvette – Great reason to take a day off of work. :) Glad you found the questions helpful.

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