JAN 12 2012

29 magic questions for exploring your own life

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Are you restless? Do you feel like something is missing? It is quite likely that a session of questions and answers with yourself is what you need right now.

An unexamined life is not worth living.

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Here’s a list of questions that might help you get a clue that would put you right on track. In my experience, some of these can really do magic in some specific cases.


They work best if you sit somewhere comfy, pick only one and apply it freely, the way it works better for you.


  1. If you could do anything you want in life. What would you do?
  2. When was the last time you felt inner peace or joy?
  3. What do you feel right now? What is you heart telling you?
  4. What is Life asking you to do right now?
  5. Who are really your friends?
  6. What are you grateful about?
  7. What is bothering you?
  8. What would you like to be carved in your tombstone?
  9. When you wake up; do you feel excited about what you are going to do that day? (If you don’t, you are wasting your precious time).
  10. Are you excited (and therefore restless)? Or, are you bored (and therefore restless)?
  11. When was the last time you talked to… (your loved one)?
  12. What can you do better than anyone?
  13. What is your blood pressure? (Apply this if you are older than 40).
  14. What are you looking for?
  15. What is obstructing you?  What is obstructing your clarity / your peace?
  16. What is complicating your existence?
  17. What is holding you back?
  18. Imagine you get what you are striving for. Do you feel in peace or just temporarily relieved?
  19. Imagine letting go what you are striving for. How do you feel?
  20. Do you really need (something) to be happy?
  21. What are you afraid of?
  22. What is the worst thing that could happen if that (what you are afraid of) finally takes place? And, can you live with that scenario?
  23. Can you really change the circumstances? And, if you don’t, why should you worry?
  24. Who can help you?
  25. What would Love do in your case?
  26. What would you recommend to someone in your place?
  27. What would your “best-self” do in that case?
  28. What would you regret on your death-bed –far in the future?
  29. Keeping on doing what you have being doing the last months. Where are you heading to?


What other questions have done magic for you, one time or another. Please feel free to sum those up and to share this list to whomever you think can make a good use of it.

There are 8 comments

  • Andra Watkins on said:

    Evaluating these questions over the past couple of years gave me the courage to write a novel. I don’t know what will give me the door to publication, other than wild luck. :)
    Andra Watkins recently posted..The View From the Throne

  • Ann on said:

    My biggest fear is being penniless and in the street. So I work hard to keep that from happening. And if it does any way? At least I can say I tried.

    Great questions, Gustavo. Gracias.
    Ann recently posted..Three-Part Plan to Using Consistency to Grow Your Business

  • gustavo on said:

    De Nada, Ann. Always glad to read your comments. Thanks or sharing your biggest fear with us. What would be your biggest dream?

  • gustavo on said:

    Hi Kristen! That’s a great dream worth trying. What do you see yourself doing during those two years?

  • Samantha Bangayan on said:

    What an amazing exercise, Gustavo! Sometimes, I shy away from self-analyzing because it can get so overwhelming, but if we take these as reflections instead of concrete answers, it’s easier to swallow and gets the mind whirring! My favorite is the tombstone question. When a answer rings true to me, loud and clear, I think that says something. And for me, what I want people to remember about me is that I always followed my heart. =)
    Samantha Bangayan recently posted..This Expat’s All-Encompassing New Year’s Resolution

  • Kesha Brown on said:

    Ooooh, loving these! I love explorative questions and can’t wait to get my journal out and start answering them. Glad you posted these.

    Kesha Brown recently posted..How I Saved a Life With a Smile

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