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20 Powerful Self-Awareness Questions

I usually don’t feel drawn to doing “list posts.”  Some of this is because of my unease about doing something “everyone else” seems to be doing.

So, as a personal growth exercise, I’m going to jump right in and do a list post!  I also think this is a pretty cool and valuable list of questions for building awareness about how we limit ourselves with our ways of thinking and being.

Without further ado, here are some questions I’ve gained a lot from asking myself.  Some of them may be uncomfortable to think about, but I think that kind of discomfort is usually a sign of growth:

1.  What quality in other people irritates you most? (For example, is it ambition, shyness, laziness, or something else?)  How do you have this quality in the way you live your own life?

2.  What quality in other people do you envy the most? How do you already have this quality in the way you live your own life?

3.  What emotion do you least want to feel? Is it fear, anger, sadness, or something else?  What do you do in your life to avoid feeling it?

4.  What do you most want people to think about you? What do you do in your life to make sure others think that?  What is that costing you?

5.  What do you least want people to think about you? What do you do in your life to make sure others don’t think that?  What is that costing you?

6.  What have you done that you least want people to know about? What do you do in your life to make sure no one finds out about what you did?

7.  What have you done that you most want people to know about? How do you go out of your way to make sure people know you did it?

8.  If you knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the only reason you’re alive is to enjoy every moment, would you change the way you live?  How?

9.  If you knew that, no matter what you did or didn’t do, you would love and respect yourself, how would you live your life?

10.  What would you create if you knew no one would ever see it? In other words, if you were 100% certain that your work would never make you famous or rich, and the only thing you’d ever get out of it was personal satisfaction, what would you choose to do?

11.  Here’s another interesting way to put Question # 10:  How would you live if you knew that no one would ever approve of you? If you knew that nobody would ever be happy with the way you live, and that you might as well do whatever fulfills you, what would you do?

12.  How are you trying to please your parents with the way you live? What is that costing you?

13.  If you knew that you were 100% forgiven for everything you think you’ve done wrong, how would that change the way you live?

14.  If you cried in front of a stranger, how would they react? (Take the first answer that comes to mind.)

15.  If you got angry at a stranger, how would they react? (Same rule as Question # 14.)

16.  In what situations do you try to look happy when you really aren’t?

17.  In what situations do you hold back from speaking the truth to avoid hurting someone’s feelings?

18.  If you’re a man, how do you think a man is supposed to act? How do you make an effort to act that way?

19.  If you’re a woman, how do you think a woman is supposed to act? How do you make an effort to act that way?

20.  How is the “public you” different from the “private you”?

Whew!  And we’re done.  It was an intense experience for me writing and thinking about those questions — I’m curious what it was like for you to read them.  You don’t have to share your answers to the specific questions, but if you want to that’s great too.  Thanks!

In other news: I did an interview with Evita Ochel of EvolvingBeings.com on meditation, how to do it and the benefits it can bring.  I hope you enjoy it.

6 thoughts on
20 Powerful Self-Awareness Questions

  1. Giulietta Nardone

    Hi Chris,

    Enjoyed your comment over at Lance’s blog. The more mistakes we make the more fully we live. Like your list of questions to ask ourselves. #8 is my favorite. It’s been handed down through the generations that life’s a bitch and then you die.

    So, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy for most.

    A great question to answer so that we re-prioritize our lives to make a wondrous life happen.

    #14 I wrote a post on a while back and got some really super comments. I used to feel my tears had to be hidden or I was ???? not even sure what I was trying to hide, humanness? Weird messages we give the younger generations.

    Thx, Giulietta

  2. Jannie Funster

    This list MORE than rocks, Chris!! So glad you went with it, against any apprehensions you may have had about this form.

    4 and 5 really caught me by surprise and made me think. “What is that costing you?” Reminds me of the wise ones who say it doesn’t matter what others think of us. What a lot of time we can waste worrying either way, using up so much energy that could be spent on just loving us as we are, not trying to proove ourselves over anything.

    And I think I AM 100% forgiven for all my past sins, errors and omissions. So I best go bust some butt! :)

    xoxo

  3. Chris - Post author

    Hi Giulietta — I think that’s a great observation — that a lot of us associate success with suffering, and think, whether consciously or not, that we won’t achieve anything if we enjoy the process of getting where we want to go.

  4. Chris - Post author

    Hi Jannie — that sounds awesome that you see yourself as forgiven for any “wrongness” from the past — and I love how you get that this self-forgiveness has a real practical impact on our ability to move forward in projects that are important to us.

  5. Chris - Post author

    Hi Angela — good to meet you — I’m all about poking the sore spots! :) That feels pretty close to the work I’ve been doing with myself recently, which is all about talking about whatever feels most embarrassing to me in the moment. It’s been scary but really rewarding.

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