Do you know who you are? Knowing yourself is crucial when making decisions about a path you are about to take. Unless another person truly knows you, do not let them influence you. Chances are they will have you do what is right for them not you. They mean well but will be destructive in your life. Taking an inventory of our weakness, strengths, what gives us personal satisfaction, and where our does stress come from will help guide us onto the road to finding our happiness and sense of accomplishment we all need and desire.
Having done this, writing in a journal will bring about a deeper understanding of our weakness, strengths, and what gives us that sense of personal satisfaction that will provide us with the focus to follow through to the goal of our choice. Here are 12 questions that will get you started. They are designed to get us in touch with our inner feelings and beliefs. With the clarity that comes from journaling making choices in relationships, work life, and our personal experience will be more satisfying.
- What is truly important to you? Describe this in as much detail as possible.
- Describe your values and why you treasure them
- Describe what you would fight for to keep from losing.
- What brings out that sense of achievement and happiness?
- What does your life to look like in 5 years, ten years
- What are your unique talents or gifts?
- In the next year, what skill would you like to develop?
- Imagine yourself 20 years from now, what would you regret not doing?
- Describe your most significant achievement to date.
- Describe your disappointments, failures, and sadness.
- What angers or frustrates you?
- Who is a significant influence or mentor in your life? How did they earn this position in your life?
Right or wrong usually is someone else’s idea for your life. There is no place for it when journaling. Answer these questions thoughtfully and honestly, a picture of your dreams and goals will materialize in front of you. Use these revelations in making decisions to shape your future.