This week we focused on what you want and what you really want to accomplish, and today I want to share some questions to ask yourself to really dive deep into it all so you can design your life and/or business that aligns with who you are! But why after already writing about it, are we doing this again?
Great question! Because there’s a tendency to not go deep enough the first time or even the second time. There’s that element of superficial and barely scratching the surface and I want you to really dive deep into the questions to ask yourself to figure out what you want.
We’ve been programmed to think and believe that working all of the time is normal and that having extra for fun or investing in your future isn’t really the thing to do. When you take the time to answer the questions to ask yourself you start defining your path.
Something I’ve learned in the last 8 years since starting my businesses is that life doesn’t have to be that way. You don’t have to settle and you can change your life from right now moving forward, so the questions to ask yourself are:
- Why Do You Exist? This may seem like an essential question but answer it in terms of what you want to do supposedly for the rest of your life. Perhaps you exist to experience hiking every US hiking trail known? How does that tie into your business needs? Well, it means you need a business that allows you the time and resources to go hiking a lot.
- What Do You Most Want to Achieve in the World? Do you want to end hunger, stop pet abuse, or do something else? It doesn’t have to tie directly into the business you start but sometimes how you earn money can be impacted by what you most want to achieve. It’s okay to make money from your achievements.
- What Do You Want to Be Remembered For? Try writing your obituary to get your mind around how you want to be remembered. Sometimes it can help to design your obit for more than one audience to highlight different aspects of your personality in your heart and mind.
- What Excites You? What was the last thing you did in your life that made you forget time and just forget all your worries? Was it that time you wrote a short story in high school? What about that time you learned to build a database? Whatever it is, write it down.
- What Do You Love Most? Is there something out there already that you really love doing? Do you like gaming? Do you like watching movies? Reading books? Spending time with the elderly? Helping the less fortunate? Mountain biking? List all the things you really love doing.
- Who Do You Want to Be Like? Is there someone else that you really think has done all the things you wish you could have done? If someone has already achieved what you want, it helps to follow them and learn about them.
- What Do You Dislike? Sometimes, if you cannot think of what you like, it’s easier to think about what you do not like. Make a list of things you know for a fact you dislike doing or thinking about. Dislike politics? Dislike running? Dislike filing? Dislike talking on the phone? Whatever it is, write it down.
- What Do You Know You Do Not Want? Like writing what you don’t like helps, so will writing what you know you do not want. For example, I do not want to work more than 20 hours per week to earn money.
- What’s Your Tag Line? Create a tagline for your business but also create one for your life. This tagline can be posted prominently so that you can remember what you stand for and let that guide your choices.
- How Much Time Do You Have? When you decide on any new goal in life, it’s important to consider how much time you really have to achieve it. If you’re 50 today, that means you have less time than if you’re 20.
- How Much Free Time Do You Need? As you’re choosing a business to help fund your ideal life, think about how much free time you really want and need to be happy. Do you like being able to rest on the weekends, reading, and watching movies, or do you like having a busier life?
- Who Do You Wish to Spend Your Time With? Think about the average day that you’re not working. Who do you like being around? Think about working. If you had to work with others, what type of people do you want to be around? Describe the attitude, morals, values, and principles of the people you want to spend time with.
- What Do You Like Doing for Fun? Make a list of activities you like doing for fun and recreation. These activities take time, money, and skill. It’s important for you to have the resources to do them.
- What Do You Like Spending Money on Without Guilt? When you spend money, what makes you not think about it? If you spend money on something and you dislike it, consider whether you need to or not. If you don’t mind, consider what type of budget you need for it.
- What Does Your Ideal Life Look Like in Five Years? If you started right now with what you have and what you know, what will your life look like in five years, ideally? Describe it using as many descriptive words as you can.
- Which Famous Quote Defines Your Moral Perspective? You can have more than one quote that resonates and describes your moral perspective. Collect a few so that you can look at them when you need a reminder.
Taking the time to answer the questions to ask yourself will give you insight into the goals you will set for your business and your life. These goals can work together simultaneously to help you build a business that really does work with your life.
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