4 Questions You Should Always Ask Yourself Before A Major Decision

Throughout our lives, we go through many changes and we are faced with countless decisions. But the moments that define the rest of our lives are rare and needless to say, crucial. Some of us reach their turning point early on in life when we discover our calling in our late teens or even earlier. Others will only experience a breakthrough perhaps in their 40s or 50s.

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What matters is to keep looking, to continuously search for our purpose. And when we find ourselves at a crossroads, we need to ask these 4 great questions:

1. Who am I? 

One cannot get ahead in life if they have no idea who they are in the world. What drives you, what do you stand for? Evaluate and reevaluate your principles and beliefs until you are happy and at peace with who you are. The story we tell ourselves about us will be the one calling all the shots in our future.

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Don’t clutter your head with negativity, self-doubt, excuses, fears or limitations. All these will be dragging you down and feeding off your energy. To remain motivated and enthusiastic, you have to believe in you and change your story.

2. Who do I WANT to be? 

This is about taking that leap outside those horrifying comfort zones where nothing ever grows. What direction do you want to take? How can you start now building the life you want to lead? There’s no shortcut to living fully and meaningfully. There is only you and the vision you are creating right now.

Where do you see yourself and how can you get there? Remember to focus on taking baby steps.

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3. What am I willing to do to get there?

This is about an action plan. Now that it’s clear where you are headed, you need to implement the how. How will you manage to achieve your goal? What are you willing to do on a daily basis that will better your chances at getting where you truly want to be? How much time are you willing to invest to succeed on this new path you are taking?

4. How will I give back to this world?

We should all know by now that no matter how much success we’ve achieved, it all means nothing if we don’t give back. What is deeply fulfilling at the end of the day is how much we are giving of ourselves to our communities and our loved ones. No career path is ever complete without this final touch.

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Whether through your talents, skills, gifts or other resources, you must give back. This will only remind you how we are nothing when we stand alone. There may have been people who helped along the way. Make sure you acknowledge them and you share your passion with those around you.

Finding answers to these questions will clear the road a bit and transform your life on a deep level. Please share!