6 Amazing Life Changing Questions
We often make life changing decisions a lot more complicated than they should be.We found a great set of life changing questions that Jeff Bezos used in a speech at Princeton University commencement in 2010. The speech was titled “We Are What We Choose” Bezos said: “When you’re 80 years old, and in a quiet moment of reflection narrating for only yourself the most personal version of your life story, the telling that will be most compact and meaningful will be the series of choices you’ve made”.
The speech contained 12 questions, We have taken 6 life changing questions from the list and added our reflections after each question. Feel free to give your own answers and share them with us. We all have our own life story and experiences that shape the way we end up living our lives, but none of it is set in stone, and we will have opportunities along the way to change our life story but that requires making the desire to change stronger than any excuse we can come up with to stay where we are.
1. How will you use your gifts? We all have gifts, no exception.
When it comes to figuring out what your gifts and purpose are, many people have a tough time narrowing it down. Others on the other hand, seem to come out the womb with the innate knowledge of what they are good at and do not ever waver. Like many musicians who always knew they wanted to perform.
How do you narrow down what your superpowers are and how should you use them to do something good and meaningful in the world? We all get therein our own time. Sometimes your superpowers may evolve from one thing to another or combination of things. Do not get stuck trying to narrow down the what, figure out the why first and the how and what will become obvious.
2. What choices will you make?
The power of intention is the key to this question. Why do you do what you do? Why are you still in a toxic relationship? Why do you choose to surround yourself with people that fail to support and uplift you? Or why did you seek out the people who have helped you fulfill your dreams? Why are you choosing to make some life changing decisions even in the face of fear of the unknown This is all about moving through life knowing that every choice we make (including no choice) has a positive or negative effect on our lives and it is entirely up to us to make the necessary changes.
3. Will inertia be your guide, or will you follow your passions?
It is not unusual to get “stuck” sometimes in the journey of life. It may come as a reaction to a challenging time in your life or as a mid-life crisis. Everyone has their own story of why they feel this way about their lives. Getting “Unstuck” starts with “U”. You have gotten comfortable making excuses why you cannot when what you should be doing is finding all the reasons why you should.
The road to success is filled with challenges for all of us but learning and growth only feels tough because it is different not because it is harder than what we are currently doing. Expanding your comfort zone puts more opportunities in your path, but you must be willing to push past the excuses.
4. Will you follow dogma or be original?
Being a parent can have you constantly second guessing and questioning your judgement. When you give them the space, encouragement, and safety to bring their original thinking to the table and trust that you have given them guidance and the best advice for them even when it was not as popular with them as it is with you. They will grow up to be wonderful adults that you will always be proud of.
Same goes for you, if you dare to create and be original even when there is little to no support, and the only thing guiding you is your gut instinct saying this is the right path for you, It doesn’t have to be absolutely unique, just uniquely and genuinely you.
5. Will you choose a life of ease, or a life of service and adventure?
Choosing a life of servitude is not easy. It often requires redefining what success looks like, rethinking how much wealth/income is needed, reevaluating what living comfortably means. However, keep in mind that this is not to say that a life of servitude does not include having financial wealth. While the challenges that come with choosing a life of service and or adventure are not minor, but if this is your calling, you would not be able to thrive doing anything less.
When it comes to making the moves toward changing your life story, chasing money is not the answer. Instead seek out fulfilling your life purpose as well as serving others along the way, and the money will follow.
6. Will you wilt under criticism or follow your convictions?
The path to success is often filled with many critics, most of whom have “good intentions” but are unqualified to make those judgments on when or how you change your life story. You have the option to decide which one of them you are willing to give that big of a vote in your life. There are also those who are judging your decision based on the limitations they have put on their own lives.
These critics cannot see your path nor should they, it is your life story that is changing not theirs. Also it is sometimes hard for people to support what they do not know. So your choice is to either allow these critics to convince you to not go down the path that will change your life story for the better or simply follow your instincts and let your success be your answer to their criticism. Not all critics are created equal–most (if not all) should not even get a seat at the table.
The next 6 questions on how to change your life story, will be in a follow blog, so stay tuned for that. Let us know what you think in the comments you may have a few questions that you have been asked that changed your way of thinking. If so, please share them with us we would love to know what or who has had a significant impact in your life.
Take a moment to reflect now so that you will enjoy looking-back later knowing the moment when you made those life changing decisions and started on the path to rewriting your life story.
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