For a generation that has supposedly adopted a “ME” first, second, and third attitude we don’t spend much time getting to know ourselves and who we are as individuals. Looking deep inside of yourself appears to be really easy on the surface but in actuality is a lifelong journey that is difficult. Here are five basic questions that can help guide us to better understand ourselves and our personal motivations.
1. What are your gifts?
- Things that you consider to be your gifts, things that you are good at. Everybody has at least one ! Surfing the web is probably not the best option when listing your gifts, think more things like being able to play an instrument, being really good at a video game(I might be a bit biased), or being able to handle math problems as Michael Jordan handles defenders.
2. What do you love to do?
- Activities that you enjoy engaging in, places you like going.
3. What unlocks your passion and energy?
- What gets you going in a positive way? This can be seen as your motivators, the things behind the why in what you do.
4. What has the ability to unlock your anger? What are you angry about?
- I’m sure we all have some really great answers to this question(for instance at the moment, the NBA refs are doing a grand job of being able to unlock my anger…I’ll stop there before this turns into an NBA Playoffs rant). What really grinds your gears? What actions or things have the uncanny ability to turn your bright day upside down?
5. What gives you a feeling of satisfaction?
- The wonderful feeling you get when you’ve done something that makes you feel good…that kind of sounds like an awkward sentence but it’s okay. This can be as simple as making it to the next day or for you overachievers crossing a goal off of that ever-growing list.
Much debate surrounds the topic of purpose, what is purpose? Does everyone have a predetermined purpose? Do we control our purpose? How do you find your purpose? Does the concept of purpose even truly exist? All solid questions with multiple feasible answers. Your answers to the above questions can point you in the right direction in terms of destiny/purpose if you believe in those things and if not the answers still remain helpful.