20 questions to ask yourself to elevate your thinking and live a quality life
“Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.”
Questions carry power. Thinking is just asking and answering questions. Whatever the question, your mind will try to come up with an answer. You move in the direction of our predominant thoughts, which are controlled by the questions you ask yourself. Taking all this into account you can see how important it is to ask quality answers in order to elevate your thinking and to continually improve the quality of your life.
Simply put, if you ask a mind opening, forward thinking quality question you will start thinking and receiving empowering answers. If you ask, a negative and limiting question you will receive poor quality answers which will hold you back in a destructive and harmful way. Asking yourself quality questions will help you tap into your inner coach instead of your inner critic.
Below is a list of quality questions to help elevate your thinking and improve the quality of your life. You may want to journal your answers to get some quality thinking down on paper.
20 questions to ask yourself
Goal and dreams Questions
Question 1: What one thing can I do today to move me towards my goals and dreams?
To keep you on track with achieving your goals and dream
By asking this question you are getting your mind focused on a step you can take straight away to help move you towards your dream. Once you know what you can do; take action.
Question 2: What’s the next right step?
When you feel overwhelmed by a goal
This is a question Oprah Winfrey asks herself. Use this question to breakdown a major goal into more manageable chunks and move yourself forward one step at a time.
Question 3: How can I?
When you feel ‘stuck’ and can’t find a solution
This is a powerful question to ask yourself to use your brain to help you think up solutions and move beyond barriers.
Overcome Challenge Questions
Question 4: What’s the learning in this?
When things go wrong
Instead of beating yourself up about something, ask yourself this question in order to learn from the situation so you don’t make the same mistake again.
Question 5: What can I do right now to make my life better?
When life throws you a swerve ball
There are always going to be bumps in the road. Use your mind to positively steer you forward.
Question 6: What can I do right now that my future self will thank me for?
To move you from dwelling on past mistakes to more optimistic future thinking
Zig Ziglar sums this up best, he said, “How you see your future is more important then what’s happened in the past.
Question 7: What one good habit can I adopt to make my life better from today?
When beating yourself up about your bad habits
Stop beating yourself up about bad habits that you can’t seem to change and instead focus your mind positively on good habits you can adopt instead. For example, instead of fretting about another failed diet look at one small habit you can adopt from today. It might be as simple as saying I am going to add one extra piece of fruit daily into my diet from today. Then, you could move onto, I am going to replace white bread with wholemeal bread. Then, I am going to drink an extra glass of water daily. By adopting a new ‘good’ habit you will in time replace your bad habit.
Question 8: Will this matter an hour from now? Will this matter a day from now? Will this matter in a month from now? Will this matter in a year from now?
When you feel cross or angry
This is a way to manage anger and let go of small insignificant frustrations.
Question 9: Who can I forgive today? What can I forgive today?
To help you forgive and let go
You know deep inside that holding onto hurt and anger does not serve you well. It is time to forgive, lessen the burden and move on.
Question 10: What does my inner coach think? What does my inner coach advise?
To quieten your inner critic and negative self talk
Use this question to help you positively tap into the voice in your head. Get the voice in your head to be an inner coach to you rather than an inner critic.
Question 11: Did I live, did I love, did I matter? Or how do I want to live? Who and how do I want to love? How did I serve and make a difference?
The ultimate big picture question to ask yourself about your life
This is a real soul searching question to ask yourself. As Steve job said “your time is limited.” Make your life a masterpiece.
Question 12: If money wasn’t an object what would you be doing with your time? What am I good at? How can I share this gift with others? What was it that you were put on this Earth to do, be and share?
To gain clarity on your life purpose
The more you can live your life’s purpose the more happier and fulfilled your life will be. Think of ways you can develop your life’s purpose and start incorporating it into your life from today.
Question 13: What makes me happy? What are my happiest memories? How can I create more of these happy moments in my life?
To make sure you are allowing happiness in your life and capturing happy memories
Life is a precious gift so make sure you check in on yourself from time to time to make sure you are spending time on what makes you happy and make sure you lock in those good memories.
Question 14: What do I want to experience in my life?
To make sure you are living the life you want to live
Make sure you get clarity on what it is you want to do and experience in your life and start looking at ways you can fulfill those wishes.
Question 15: Who do I love and who loves me? How can I show them more of my love and appreciation?
To make sure you love and appreciate the important people in your life
This question will help to make sure you are spending time with the people who matter most in your life and that you’re not taking them for granted.
Question 16: Who do I like being a round? How are they ‘good’ for me? How can I spend more time with them/people like that? Who doesn’t make me feel good? How can I limit my time with them?
To make sure your circle of influence is positive
This will help ensure that you spend more time in the company of people who have a positive effect in your life and help you identify people who are negatively impacting your life.
Question 17: What kind of person do I want to be? How can I be that person?
To help you be the person you want to be
You can’t change others. You can only change yourself. Identify what values matter to you and start living them. Be the kind of person you can be proud of.
Question 18: How am I contributing or giving to my family and friends, my community/ the planet?
To help you think about your contribution to others
The best way to sum this up would be through this quote by Albert Pike, “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.” How are you making a difference?
Question 19: What can I do to nurture my mind, body and soul today?
To show self care
This question will help you think more kindly of yourself and get you to think about something positive you can do for you.
Question 20: What would you do today if there is no more tomorrow?
To get crystal clear thinking on what really matters
This question will help make sure you are spending your time where it matters. Make sure you are making the most of your today.
Questions have the ability to completely change your life. Questions have the ability to untangle your mind and provide clear thinking. Questions have the ability to help you take your life to the next level. Questions have the ability to turn a massive failure into a great wisdom. Empower yourself with quality questions to elevate your thinking and your life.
“The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your questions.” Tony Robbins