15 thought-provoking questions to help you make major life changes
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
For many people, returning to the lives they lived before the quarantine either isn’t possible or isn’t desirable. While for some this may be viewed with despair or dread, some are seeing this as the perfect opportunity to make big changes.
In fact, this long period of social isolation can be an excellent time for assessing your relationships, living situations, work and overall life choices.
Whatever you might be wanting to change in your life, it can be helpful to look at your values and priorities as ways to determine which areas of your life need attention. It is with this mind, that I bring you the following thought-provoking questions to help you make the most of your exploration. I recommend setting aside some quiet time over the course of a few days — first, to reflect on the questions, and then, to dive deep into the answers.
1. What aspects of your life would you like to change right now?
2. How do you want to feel and what would it take to feel that way?
3. What are you the most happy about right now?
4. What are you least happy about?
5. What would a life that works look like?
6. What do you need to do differently?
7. Are there any beliefs and behaviors would you have to let go of?
8. How have you been getting in your own way?
9. What can you do about that?
10. What are three ways you can move out of your comfort zone right now?
11. What can you say "no" to right now that would free up space in your life?
12. How can you hold yourself accountable so that you can show up in a way that works?
13. How can you become your biggest advocate?
14. How can you up the ante and accelerate your progress right now?
15. What exact steps are needed to begin to transform your life from where you are now to where you want to be?
Once you’ve spent time answering the questions, a good follow up might be to practice stretching a bit. Take a risk.
For example, say “yes” to something that feels really good, especially when your habitual inclination is to say “no.” Or say “no” to something that doesn't feel right, especially when your habitual inclination is to say “yes.” This will strengthen your trust in yourself, which will come in handy as you step out of your comfort zone into something new.
Another helpful practice to help you get to know yourself better as you initiate change in your life is to observe the motivations behind each of your decisions. Take some time to explore these tendencies and see what they reveal to you.
Finally, don’t forget to ask for help if you need it. Not having all the answers can be a great blessing. It allows you to be vulnerable and gives others a chance to share their insights and wisdom and skills.
I’ll leave you with this timeless quote by author and mythologist Joseph Campbell:
“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”
May whatever is next for you help you feel more alive.
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