3 Questions I Ask Myself to Increase My Self-Awareness

By Jimmy Warden

1.) What do I really want? – James Clear

Reflecting on Clear’s question creates a vision for how I want my life to be.

I use that question to address the following categories:

  • Personal Health – Physical and Mental
  • Relationships
  • Work
  • Personal Endeavors

Knowing what I want in each domain helps me create ideal days. I try to do more of the things that fill my bucket (i.e. Mindfulness, exercise, time with loved ones, writing, etc.) and less of the things that don’t.

2.) Is this in my control? – Ryan Holiday

This is a question from Holiday’s book: The Obstacle Is The Way.

I ask myself that question because I’m a human who gets upset over events I can’t control. It helped me gain perspective when I needed it most by becoming aware of the controllable.

If it’s in my control, I try to do something about it. If it’s not, I let it go.

3.) How are you feeling? – MBSR

I learned to ask myself this question during my MBSR class.

When I ask that question, I ask it in different ways when checking in these areas:

  • My mind – What’s going on in the mind right now? What do you notice?
  • My body – How does the body feel? Are there any places with tension, pain, soreness, dullness, or strain?
  • My heart – How is the heart feeling? Is it sad? Happy? Joyful? Regretful?

These questions allow me to communicate with my inner self.

We don’t always take the time to do that, and we suffer as a result.

Ask yourself these questions, and let me know what you become aware of!

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