I’ve been holding off on reblogging this intriguing post for a while now, but the beginning of a new year seems like the perfect time. Karen, in the UK, writes on a number of topics in her blog Some Kind of 50. One of the things that amazes me about her posts is that she actually comes up with a list of 50 points or suggestions for whatever topic she’s writing about. Not the ten best this or the twenty worst that, but 50. How does she do that?! And in almost every case, every one of the items on her list deserves to be there. She had a list of 50 women who inspired her; I could only legitimately come up with twenty. Last week she provided her readers with a list of 50 things we can all do to help protect our environment. Not 15 or 25, but 50. And they’re all good ideas.
The list I want to share with you is her list of questions to ask yourself to help you judge your self-awareness. Yup, there are 50 of them! As far as I’m concerned, each one of them is thought-provoking and encourages self-reflection. Self-reflection and soul-searching are good for us at every stage of life, and particularly helpful during this brief period of time at the beginning of a new year when many of us are busy setting goals for self-improvement. Maybe a look at some of these questions and some deep thinking about answers will make you decide that self-improvement isn’t really what you need; self-reflection is more valuable. If nothing else, the questions are fun.
I tried to identify my favourite 5 questions from the list. That didn’t work. I tried identifying the 5 questions that would be provide the most help if I answered them honestly. That didn’t work either, although it did make me realize that I would have answered some of these questions very differently at different times in my life. I did decide that, for me, the most important question is #43. Enjoy this entertaining opportunity for self-exploration!
From Some Kind of 50: The Self Awareness Questionnaire
By somekindof50 on October 5, 2019 • ( 19 Comments )
I regularly write on this blog about confidence, self esteem and positivity, but one of the most important factors in building all of these is Self Awareness. Self awareness is not just about how you see yourself, and what you like and dislike, it is knowing what you want from your life and what motivates you, as well as understanding and owning your beliefs and core values.
Self awareness may help you to better understand others, and how they see you, but most importantly, becoming self aware will allow you to unlock your potential and enable you to move forward positively.
If you genuinely want to make changes in any sector of your life, you need to know yourself first. Sometimes it is difficult to see the wood from the trees and, with all that’s going on, it’s easy to lose our way and struggle to have a clear perception of who we are, what we want and where we are going.
I am a huge fan of being real, of living in the now and accepting what I can’t change. I am also a big believer about making the best of life through continually reviewing and re-evaluating priorities and goals… And I love a questionnaire!
Spend some time answering the questions below. I can’t promise it will be life changing overnight, but it may allow you to identify what areas of your life need work, and therefore give you the tools to establish a new, or amended, strategy moving forward.
These questions are not designed to be super easy. The purpose is that they make you think! Some of them may even be a little uncomfortable, but you don’t have to share your answers with anyone. They are also designed to be a little ambiguous at times, but don’t worry about that. Whatever the question means to you, personally, is what is important.
Some people prefer to do this alone and keep the answers to themselves, but if you have a trusted friend you may like to do it together, as the questionnaire will no doubt stimulate plenty of debate and discussion!
- Do you enjoy your life?
- What aspects of your life would you change if you could?
- What does the life you want to lead look like?
- Where do you want to be in 5 years?
- What is your biggest priority at the moment?
- What do you value in others?
- From where do you get inspiration?
- Who are your role models?
- What do you need to let go of?
- Who do you need to forgive?
- Are you on the right path?
- What do you lie to yourself about?
- What do you love most about yourself?
- What do you dislike most about yourself?
- What makes you angry?
- What have you done that you are most proud of?
- What is the biggest lesson you have learnt in life so far?
- Who or what is holding you back?
- Are you happy in your job?
- What are you most afraid of?
- What is your biggest regret?
- Do the people around you make you happy?
- What is the main cause of stress in your life?
- Are you working towards something?
- Do you feel stuck?
- Do you settle for things?
- What do you avoid doing?
- How do you think others see you?
- Do you see yourself as a victim of circumstance?
- Do you feel mentally strong?
- What are you avoiding?
- What are you most grateful for?
- What is your greatest strength?
- Do you have any goals?
- What makes you cry?
- Do you consider yourself to be motivated?
- Are you living with/ in a relationship with the right person?
- What are you ashamed of?
- How would you like to be remembered?
- If you had a single wish, what would that be?
- Do you tend to under, or over estimate your abilities?
- When things go wrong do you blame yourself, others or a higher power?