Personal growth and self-improvement come when we think about who we want to become and we take the necessary steps to get there.
But this isn’t possible without first analyzing where we are right now, and what we need to change about our lives and ourselves to bring ourselves closer to the people we want to be and the lives we want to lead.
But the truth is, most of us go about our days living from our subconscious minds, carrying out the same routines and habits without really ever questioning what we’re doing.
And then we wonder why we’re feeling unfulfilled…
When was the last time you actually stopped and asked yourself “what am I doing?”, or better yet, one of the positive questions to ask yourself that I suggest in this post?
If it was a long time ago, or maybe even never, then you should know that you’re definitely not alone as 95% of the population are probably in the same boat.
However, you’re here reading this post, which tells me that there’s a part of you that wants to be better and do better.
And by asking yourself these questions daily and using your answers to guide your life, you can.
Why should you ask yourself daily questions?
In my opinion, asking yourself questions like these daily is fundamental to your growth.
But why daily, you ask?
Because if we want to change ourselves and our lives, then we need to show up every single day to make it happen, no matter how small an action it is that we take.
Living each day with purpose is the key to making big changes and ultimately reaching your goals and desires.
And asking yourself daily questions is a way to stay on track and in alignment with your purpose.
And when I say daily, I mean every single day. That means no days off.
You might think that sounds a little strict. I call it disciplined.
Because if you take a day off… one day off can easily become two days off, become three days, four… a week, a month, and before you know it you’ve lost sight of your purpose altogether.
Without this purpose to guide you, you’re more likely to fall into old habits and behaviors and come completely off track.
Committing to finding five minutes out of every day to ask yourself some questions really isn’t a big feat when you think about it, especially since it can help to bring you much closer to your dreams and desires.
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How to get the most out of self-reflection questions
As I’ve already stressed, the best way to get the most out of self-reflection questions is to make use of them every single day.
But there are other ways to ensure that you’re getting the full benefits of them too, such as…
Asking yourself questions every morning
If there’s a time of day that should be a non-negotiable when it comes to self-reflection questions, it should be the morning.
When you start your day by asking yourself questions, you are ensuring that you can get into the right mindset to go about your day with purpose.
By utilizing questions in the morning, you can get a clearer understanding of what tasks need to be accomplished that day, what things you need to overcome, and anything else that you can do today to set you up for future success.
If you don’t start your day with purpose in this way, you’re much more likely to just plod along and not really make any real progress towards your goals and life purpose.
So if you want to get the most out of these positive questions to ask yourself, do yourself a favor and ask yourself them every morning!
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Asking yourself questions at the end of each day
Another great time to ask yourself self-reflection questions is at the end of each day.
Doing so allows you to reflect on what went well and what could have gone better, which is essential for changing your actions and behaviors and ultimately, improving yourself.
Asking yourself positive questions before you sleep is also a great way to reprogram your subconscious while you sleep, and can even mean that you wake up the next morning feeling more positive and motivated!
Writing down the answers to your questions
To get the absolute most out of your question and self-reflection practice, you should be writing your answers down.
If you’re just thinking about them in your head, you’re not going to get the same clarity as you would putting pen to paper.
Really take some time to think about your answers and get clear on them by writing them down.
You can be as simplistic or as detailed as you like, but jot something down at least!
Reflecting on previous entries
Another benefit of writing down your answers is that you can actually reflect on your previous answers to see just how much you’ve changed and whether you’ve moved closer to or further from your goals.
This allows you to measure your progress, which is essential if you’re trying to make changes in your life!
You need to know exactly what is and isn’t working, and reflecting on your previous journal entries is an amazing way to measure this.
Using questions to explore your purpose
As well as using questions for the more “mundane” realizations such as your daily to-dos and what could have gone better, you can also use deeper questions to truly get to know yourself and your purpose.
With our subconsciouses being so programmed with everything we have been taught by those around us and society as a whole, it can be difficult to truly know our own wants and beliefs outside of all the noise.
Deeper self-reflection questions can help us get to know ourselves so that we can start going after the lives we really want and pursue goals that will make us feel fulfilled because they are aligned with us on a soul level.
28 Positive Questions to Ask Yourself Daily
Now you hopefully understand the benefits of this practice, here’s 28 positive questions to ask yourself daily to change your mindset and bring yourself closer to your goals!
Questions to ask yourself every morning
1. What am I grateful for today?
2. What three main tasks do I need to accomplish today?
3. What is my main intention today?
4. What affirmation can I live by today?
5. What am I feeling this morning?
What to ask yourself at the end of each day
6. What went well today?
7. What could have gone better today?
8. What challenges did I overcome today?
9. What changes can I make tomorrow?
10. How do I want to wake up tomorrow?
Daily journal questions to ask yourself for personal growth
11. What can I do today to bring me closer to my purpose?
12. How can I show up today for others?
13. What would the person I want to become do today?
14. What’s one thing I can do today that scares me?
15. What’s something I need to let go of in my life?
16. What is something that I need to do more of in my life?
17. What is making me feel unfulfilled in my current life? What can I do to change it?
18. What skill would I like to master?
19. What lesson can I learn from “this situation”?
20. How can this negative experience be reframed as a positive?
Deep questions to ask yourself to find out who you are
21. What’s one thing that I would do if I knew I could not fail?
22. What did I love doing most as a child?
23. What is my “why”?
24. What makes my soul happy?
25. With a year to live, what would I focus on?
26. What is my biggest regret?
27. Where do I feel most happy and free?
28. What people make me feel most like myself?
Hopefully, you now have a good selection of positive questions to ask yourself every single day and no excuses!
Asking yourself these questions really can help to transform your mindset and help you live your life with purpose and manifest your biggest dreams and desires, so don’t wait to get started!
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Esther is the founder of Through the Phases. Her mission is to guide others to grow to their full potential and create their dream life using spiritual and personal growth practices. Read more about her story here!