When you want to go on vacation, one of the first decisions you make is where to go, right? Knowing your destination helps you figure out how to get there, what you will need, what you can expect to get from your trip, and all the other important things that allow you make the most of your experience. And the same is also true for your self-development efforts. You need to figure out your destination before you start, or your journey will probably not lead you anywhere you really want to be.
When it comes to travel, you usually assume that you start from home, right? But, what about when you start working on improving yourself? What is “home”? Where is your starting point? Knowing where you are right now is also crucial to planning self-improvement efforts. You need to take stock of your current situation, strengths, areas for improvement, and needs, which will all help you figure out where your energy is best applied.
So, to help you figure out where you are starting from as well as where you want to go, here are seven questions you can ask yourself to help identify your self-improvement needs.
1. What values do I live by?
Your values define the rules by which you live and make decisions. They are embedded in your beliefs and help you guide your choices. Figuring out what is important to you, what you hold dear, and what you must have to be happy will be vital to any self-improvement goals.
2. Am I honest with myself?
We all have things we pretend not to know about ourselves or things that we try to hide deep within our subconscious. Where are your buried lies or unrecognized truths? Getting in touch with yourself means being honest about everything. If you really want to improve yourself, it is important to acknowledge everything about you, even those things you have a challenging time facing.
3. What do I really love about my life right now?
When it comes to self-improvement, it is always helpful to grow from your strengths, and so knowing what is working and what you enjoy about your current life is an excellent starting point.
4. How can I help others or the world?
Giving of yourself to your fellow man or the community is a wonderful way to find what is meaningful and important in your life. Giving to others helps you connect more deeply with your own values and goals, and it gives you an avenue to strengthen your own efforts, as well.
5. What kinds of sacrifices am I willing to make?
To get what you want in life, you must be ready to go through some things, to work hard, to fight for what you want. So, to get rough all the adversity, the goal had better be worth it for you. So, what are those things you are most will to suffer for or to make sacrifices to attain? These are starting places for your goals.
6. If things stay as they are right now, where will I be in five years?
Sometimes, it is helpful to see how your current choices are influencing your future self. Asking yourself to project into the future can help you identify areas of your life that need adjustments or improvements. If you do not change anything at all, what will the likely future results be?
7. Am I ready to make the changes necessary?
Change is hard, and the effort to improve your life can be quite substantial. Ask yourself why this is important to you and if you are really invested in making the necessary changes. If not, what changes are you prepared to commit to right now?