Introspection

They say one of the keys to success in life is being self -aware. You would think that as adults, we would know ourselves pretty well. The fact is, however, many people really have no idea. And if we don’t know who we are, how in the world can we help others know who we are?

Becoming self-aware is a process. We have to push past the surface thoughts and feelings in order to see what’s really in there. Once we know what lies beneath, we can make better choices that fall in line with our core beliefs.

A fun way to get to know yourself better (especially because I think they would make great scrapbook pages!) is to ask yourself introspective questions. Sometimes when a particular question is asked, deep feeling are uncovered and realizations are made. You can then choose to act on those realizations.

For example, Stephen Covey, in his world-famous book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, asks his readers to ponder what they would want said of them in their eulogy. Once a person figures that out, he says, they then can start making life choices that would lead to that end.

So for this week’s Un-Digi, let me leave you with ten great introspection questions. Think on them deeply. Think on their implications. And if you get an inkling to get digi with it, scrap a page.

  1. If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you (or would you have) live(d) your life differently?
  2. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?
  3. Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?
  4. What is your happiest childhood memory? What makes it so special? Does this change the way you want to parent?
  5. Which would you rather have: less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?
  6. If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?
  7. What advice would you give to yourself 3 years ago?
  8. If you were to die tomorrow, what would be your biggest regret? What can you do now to make sure that doesn’t happen?
  9. Where are you living right now – the past, future or present?
  10. If it’s true, “If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done,” what do you need to start doing?