20 Questions to Ask Yourself

20 questionsBy JP Chartier


How well do you know yourself? It’s surprising to find that very few people really know themselves. Socrates stated the importance of doing so more than 2,000 years ago when he famously said, “Know thyself.” You don’t get to know ‘thyself’ simply by growing up and growing old though, it takes a conscious effort – you do it with intention and purpose. I believe that getting to know yourself is one of the most important things you can do to improve the quality of your life.

How you choose to answer the following questions can influence and direct the path of your life. Your answers will show you specific areas in your life that need special attention. By placing attention on these specific areas you will understand what it means to be fully aligned and true to yourself. Understanding your answers will allow you to give the best to yourself, to others and to the things you find most important in life.

It has been said that your Inner Wisdom whispers while your Inner Critic yells, so it’s vital that you find a quiet place where you can ponder your answers.

Answering these 20 questions will help you to build a strong foundation on which you can build a happier, more fulfilling and satisfying life. So what are you waiting for?

  1. What is your purpose in life?
  2. What would it take for you to be perfectly happy?
  3. What values give life meaning? Then list them in order of importance.
  4. When you look over your life, where and when have you been the happiest? Where were you, with whom were you with and what were you doing?
  5. What things (or pastimes, people, occupations) would you be better off letting go of?
  6. What would you like to be focusing your energy on if you had any choices available to you?
  7. How would you like each day to unfold?
  8. What do you want your story to be after you die?
  9. What makes you experience joy?
  10. What energizes you?
  11. What makes you feel balance?
  12. What issues do you feel strongly about?
  13. What character traits do you need to develop?
  14. What skills do you want to master?
  15. What characteristics keep you from success?
  16. In what situations in your life, and with whom are you not perfectly happy? Think about your whole day from morning to night.
  17. Do you enter into a situation expecting a negative outcome?
  18. Is your life “on hold” for any reason? If so why?
  19. If you were to rate yourself as a life manager, how would you rate?
  20. Admit to yourself what needs to be changed in your life, are you bitter? Lazy? Angry?

To help you to get to know yourself better, here is a pretty cool personality test you can take in less than 15 minutes. http://www.personalitylab.org/tests/ccq_self.htm

Feel free to share in the comments below some things you feel can help someone on the path to self discovery.


12 thoughts on “20 Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. Well, I mostly have book reviews for now. Trying to get two more books published and holding down a full time job leaves me with a little less time than expected. Still, I do have strong opinions … just about anything you can throw at me.

  2. A great list of questions and a very thought-provoking post! Some of them are very easy to answer while other questions will take a lot of thinking and a little soul searching! I enjoy reading your blog posts – keep them coming!

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