10 questions that will answer what is most important in your life - AnsaCall Telecoms Blog
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Many of us have preconceived notions of what we think is the most important in our daily lives, but are our thoughts deceiving us?
In the following 10 simple questions, you will be able to ascertain a pattern to your answers that will reveal to you what your subconscious actually prioritises first.
1. How do you fill the space that you live/work in?
Thinking of the 2 spaces where you enjoy spending the most time in, what sort of things occupy this space? If you are sitting at your desk at work, what type of ornaments, pictures and personal things have you got on your desk? If you love you living room, what surrounds you as you sit there?
The answer to this question will reveal your innermost subconscious inspirations and love. What we surround ourselves with speaks volumes about our motivations and driving forces. Having photographs of your family at your desk, your children’s drawings and other such sentimental ornaments alludes to your love and closeness to your family. We choose those things that make us feel most inspired to surround ourselves with
2. How do you spend your time?
If you had a clock in front of you and you had to make it into a pie chart, what percentage of time would you allocate to the various activities you do? Of course most of us have to work, but even that considerable amount of time spent at work could be categorised into different activities.
On a typical day, what would get the most of your time? Do you enjoy staying at work afterhours or do you rush back to your family? Do you prioritise gym or are you more concerned about getting home to finish reading your book?
When analysing this question, it is most interesting to see how people spend their free time, which is after work hours, as this speaks volumes on their priorities and inner drives. If gym is a priority for you in your mind but in real life you don’t devote time to it on a regular basis, then it really isn’t a priority for you, no matter how much you like to think or tell others it is.
3. How do you spend your energy?
No we are not repeating the previous question, we are in-fact alluding to the fact that energy and time are two similar but in-fact very distinct concepts. Your time may be limited due to circumstances that are out of your control, but your energy is your own. Even if you get home past midnight every day, do you allocate some energy to reading, studying, exercising? Or do you go straight to bed and start all over again in the morning?
People who have the time can also prioritise it differently, maybe relaxation is one of their priorities and they willingly set aside an hour a day to do just that.
Knowing what you spend most of your energy on will enlighten you to the aspects and activities in your life that get the best of you. Thus if your best energy is spent on these activities regularly as part of your routine, then you can safely say those are the things in your life that matter a great deal to you as a person.
4. How do you spend your money?
That is an easy one to establish just from looking at your bank account, and with the current economic downturn, most don’t really have much choice but to spend their hard-earned cash on bills. The type of bills that you pay and even the sequence in which you pay them can tell a lot about your innermost priorities and what is most important to you.
An imaginary pie chart would come in handy again. If you had to imagine your income, how much of it would go to rent or your mortgage? If 80% of your salary goes to that than your priorities lie with your basic living conditions/shelter. This would need a little more examination, especially if you have a joint income household and you both pay for different things or if your income is very small. In general however, especially when you look at your disposable income expenditure, it would reveal your list of priorities as well as your consistency and dedication to these priorities.
5. In which area are you most organised in your life?
Would you say that you are overall an organised person that has dates, times and activities all pinned in your diary and posted notes? Or are you more of a free spirit who likes to take your time and procrastinate? If you had to think of yourself in the various roles that you take on daily, being an employee, a parent, a friend and so on, where would you say you are most organised? Have you got all your social activities planned out for the year and gifts, party favours and outfits organised? Or are you more focused at work and let the other aspects to life flow by?
Organisation takes effort, energy and time, therefore the more organised you are in one aspect, the more you value that aspect or category in your life.
6. In which area are you most disciplined?
Instilling discipline in oneself takes a certain amount of willpower and determination, because the word discipline in itself implies the use of self-control ad using reason to determine the best course of action that opposes one’s desires. Thus having discipline in an area in your life would mean you value this area highly and potentially more than other areas in your life. You can be disciplined in walking your dog for example. That means that possibly you value your relationship with your dog highly and want to make sure that you are providing it with the best possible life it could have. On the other hand this discipline could speak of your commitment to yourself, your exercise and your mental well-being as you dedicate time on a daily basis to engage in a form of relaxing exercise.
7. What do you think about the most?
Your thoughts occupy your mind “rent-free” and drive your emotions, actions and behaviour to a large extent. Thus controlling negative thoughts has become an important skill that people learn to master.
If you had to honestly assess your thoughts, what would come out on top? Your thoughts would reveal your current driving and motivating factors, but analysing them from this perspective can also shine light on whether you are harming yourself with your thoughts or whether these thoughts can positively contribute to your life.
Thinking about money, for example, doesn’t have to necessarily be a bad thing and can act as a motivator for you in reaching your goals, obsessing about it on the other hand can do more harm than good.
8. What do you visualise?
This is similar to what your vision is for your life at the moment. As we go through life, our vision can change a number of times as we mature and replace youthful dreams with more realistic and targeted goals. Having a vision is fundamental to every human being, as the vision forms the foundation of one’s life and actions.
Your vision for your life is your ideal picture of your life as you would like to see it someday. When you think of your vision a mental picture should come-up, almost a frozen frame of yourself or your ideal scenario. It should not be altered to fit in with society, you should examine it personally and evaluate your actions against this vision to examine whether you are on the right track to achieving it.
Having looked at your vision, you now know what it is that you are motivated to achieve which again speaks to what is most important for you as an individual. If a mental picture of you surrounded by ten kids and a loving spouse came-up them you know you are fuelled by your desire for a family. This vision is the polar opposite of someone who envisions themselves sitting in a massive office wearing a tailor made suit and drinking the best coffee handed to them by their team of personal assistants.
9. What do you talk to other people about?
If you had to be a fly-on-the-wall and listen in to your conversations, what would most of them be about? Do you enjoy talking about your career? Would people say that they know your whole family lineage because you mention it at every occasion?
The things that inspire us most or disturb us the most are the things we tend to focus and talk about most often. If you are stuck in a very stressful and draining job, you might devote a lot of time and energy talking about it. Talk is a form of therapy and a technique most people use to find alternative solutions or ways of thinking. Thus, what you talk about the most is also the thing that is most on your mind and is also the thing that is most important for you at the time.
10.What inspires you?
Inspiration can come from many different places and sources. The best way to think of what inspires you is to think of any possible number of articles that you could read, what would be the title of the article that you would choose?
Would it be about art? Design? Family? 10 ways to make more money in under 10 days? Those things that inspire you will reveal to you not only your motivations but will most likely link in some way into your vision, thoughts, the way you spend your time and what you talk about. In other words, those things that inspire us are also the things that shape our lives in some way to reflect our inspirations.
Having discovered what inspires you now you are able to analyse your actions with more in-depth knowledge, act positively on those inspirations and streamline your life and the actions you are taking to achieve your vision.