In this post, we’ll explore ten questions to ask yourself if you want to achieve your goals.
Questions (the right questions, that is) are a powerful way to get our own answers without consulting with a second person.
Of course, human interactions are necessary, and if we talk to the right person, they can help us see things more clearly.
I have a friend who’s around 30 years older than me. He’s more like a second dad to me.
He once told me that he doesn’t like psychologists, that they’re useless. I asked him why.
He said that talking to a therapist is like talking to a tree. He said you might as well talk to yourself.
And the end of the day, he said, therapists only asks questions. You can ask those questions yourself and spend that money somewhere.
Although I disagree with him, because I believe therapists and psychologists are extremely helpful, something caught my attention after he said that.
I started noticing this with my therapist: Around 80% of the things she said were questions.
But not any question.
They were good, deep, thought-provoking questions that help me let out everything I had on my mind.
These questions, I noticed, were the core of our sessions.
Then, when I started journaling consistently, I discovered that my journaling sessions are more effective when asking myself questions and writing down the answers.
The Power Of Questions
The power of questions is undeniable.
Questions help us dig deeper, beyond our usual thoughts.
Asking yourself the right questions can help you find the right solutions, prioritize, and even increase your self-awareness.
Questions clarify our thinking.
The questions in this post can help you achieve your goals because they:
- make you get to your real why the real motive behind your wanting to achieve that goal
- help you come up with solutions tailored to your obstacles
- help you clarify your feelings and everything you need to tackle to work effectively towards your goals
- increase your sense of self-awareness.
10 Powerful Questions To Ask Yourself To Achieve Your Goals
1. Which specific goal do I want to achieve?
Be specific and realistic!
Don’t say you want to be in better shape. Instead, say:
“I need to lose/gain XX amount of pounds,” for example.
2. What are the necessary steps I need to take to get there?
If you don’t know, then researching is part of the steps!
Take pen and paper, and brainstorm all the possible steps you may need to take to
3. Why do I want to reach that goal?
Be honest: What do you expect to get out of reaching that goal?
If you want a big house and your goal is to make enough money to buy it, why do you want that big house?
Is it to fit your whole family? To look wealthy?
For instance: “Do I want that Ferrari because I need a car, or because I want to impress people?”
4. How would my life change if I achieve that goal?
Both negatively and positively.
Use your imagination and picture your life after you’ve reached that goal.
How different is it?
5. How do I expect to feel after I reach that goal?
Do you think that reaching that goal will make you feel happy?
Satisfied with life? More valuable? Inspired?
6. Which problem do I want to solve?
Is it a material problem?
Is it an emotional problem? Are you expecting to feel better about yourself, thanks to that goal?
7. What do I expect to get out of achieving this goal?
If you want to change careers, for instance, what do you expect to get out of it?
A lifestyle change?
All of the above?
8. What have I done so far?
Which steps have you taken to get there?
Which skills or knowledge do you already have that could help you reach that goal?
9. What is the first thing I need to do to move towards that goal?
Look at all the steps you listed above and prioritize.
10. When is the soonest I can start taking action towards this goal?
Be honest. Be realistic. Push yourself!
Can you start taking action tomorrow or next week?
When you think about taking action, do excuses pop into your head?
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Asking yourself the right questions can do wonders.
The best parts? It’s free, and it’s private.
You can do it by yourself right now, without spending a single dime. No excuses.
“Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” — Marie Curie