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Self Reflection Questions

That's interestingFrom time to time on this blog, I write a post that includes self reflection questions. For a while now, I have wanted to compile all of these questions from separate posts into one post where they can be found easily. So, I searched Look Far for all the questions I could find and here they are below. The questions are organized into six categories for easier mental digestion. Notice the ones that strike you and start there. There’s no need to do them all at once (unless you really want to).  I’ll keep this post updated as I add more questions to new posts.

Questions About Moving Forward Into The Future

What motivates me?

What are my goals?

What do I want for my life?

Where am I meeting resistance right now?

If I was brave, what would I do?

What are my dreams?

What is the next step?

What is the easiest thing I can do next?

Questions About Understanding Your Past

What have I most enjoyed doing in my life?

In what endeavors have I done well?

During what activities do I become unaware of time passing?

How do other people see me?

What did I love to do/spend the most time doing as a child?

What has gone well?

What has not gone well?

Questions About Finding What You Love

What do I enjoy?

Where am I dissatisfied in my life?

Where do I get energy from?

What takes energy away from me?

What do I love to do?

When do I feel alive?

When do I feel the most “natural”?

What do I most want to create?

What am I passionate about?

What do I like to play with?

What do I value?

Questions About Finding Your Unique Talents and Abilities

What am I really good at?

What is challenging for me?

How do I most want to contribute to others?

What is my best contribution?

What are my best gifts?

What have I always wanted to try?

What do I most want to give?

What activities am I good at?

What problem do I want to solve?

Questions About Your Emotions

How do I feel?

What do I fear?

What do I hesitate to admit about myself?

When is it time to take a break?

What do I do right?

The Most Important Question

Why?

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Any other self reflection questions to add? Leave them in the Comments section below.

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  1. […] can I do to silence the voice of self-criticism when it creeps into my thoughts? I turn a deaf ear to self-criticism. Such disparagement can paralyze me on the road to self-improvem…self-criticism focuses on what I have done wrong, self-improvement looks to the future. Through […]

  2. Crymsyn Crymsyn

    Questions about Moving Forward Into The Future
    What motivates me? My family
    What are my goals? To graduate with a bachelors degree, get a good paying job, a two story house in the country or near the ocean, and have a family
    What do I want for my life? Not too sure at the moment
    Where am I meeting resistance right now? College and colleagues
    If I was brave, what would I do? I would
    What are my dreams? To have a house and a family who loves me for who I am
    What is the next step? Finding the degree in college that I want to pursue
    What is the easiest thing I can do next? Get the next day and face it
    Questions about Understanding Your Past
    What have I most enjoyed doing in my life? I have enjoyed being raised on a farm where we had horses to ride and cows to raise.
    In what endeavors have I done well? Making it through my abusive childhood
    During what activities do I become unaware of time passing? Hanging with friends, reading, listening to music, and sleeping
    How do other people see me? Some say I’m outgoing, artistic, and fun to be around. Others say I am very hard to get along with, I can insult easily, don’t get along well with others, I throw a pity party, always complain, don’t cooperate with others, victimize myself, self-centered, etc…
    What did I love to do/spend the most time doing as a child? I spent most of my time in my bedroom hiding or in trouble. I loved to ride on the horses and bike riding.
    What has gone well? Junior year of highschool I strived for only A’s and B’s and I got them all throughout the school year.
    What has not gone well?
    Questions about Finding What You Love
    What do I enjoy? I enjoy, books, music, friends (while they last), being alone (at times),
    Where am I dissatisfied in my life? My inability to keep friends, inability to understand myself, inability to control my emotions…
    Where do I get energy from? Caffeine and nicotine
    What takes energy away from me? Uncontrollable emotions and lack of sleep
    What do I love to do? I love to
    When do I feel alive? I think I feel most alive when I am not stressed and I am at peace with myself and the world. (it used to be when I cut myself that I felt real). That feeling of peace never happens anymore
    When do I feel the most “natural”? With clothes and makeup on
    What do I most want to create? The perfect world, boyfriend, father, and friends.
    What am I passionate about? My artwork, books….
    What do I like to play with? I like to play with my DS, yugi-oh cards, computers, skateboards
    What do I value? My relationship with my mother and her family
    Questions about Finding Your Unique Talents and Abilities
    What am I really good at? I am really good at drawing and creating art
    What is challenging for me? Gaining and keeping friends and finding myself
    How do I most want to contribute to others? I want contribute my love and knowledge to everyone
    What is my best contribution? My listening skills to others who are in dire need to be heard
    What are my best gifts? My artwork to my family and friends because I made them and a gift made says more than gift bought.
    What have I always wanted to try? Snowboarding, sky diving, not being me?
    What do I most want to give? I most want to give my love and money to my family
    What activities am I good at? Board games, card games…
    What problem do I want to solve? Why can’t I ever get along with others?

    Questions about Your Emotions
    How do I feel? Hated, sad, depressed, lonely, forgotten
    What do I fear? Being forgotten and being surrounded in nothing but darkness
    What do I hesitate to admit about myself? That I am
    When is it time to take a break? Everyday when I can
    What do I do right? Just being myself, I guess?
    The Most Important Question
    Why?

  3. Amanda Linehan Amanda Linehan

    Hi Crymsyn – Wow. Great start. 🙂 If any of these questions particularly appeal to you, those might be ones to explore further.

  4. Madhu Madhu

    I think it is important to know where we are at present to find a path to where we want to be. Lack of self-awareness is one of the major reasons we cannot make ourselves work on the important stuff in life. You may like to read an interesting article on how to know what is really important for you: http://healthmad.com/mental-health/what-is-really-really-important/3/

  5. Amanda Linehan Amanda Linehan

    Hi Madhu – I agree. 🙂 Thanks for the comment.

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