Life goes by fast. You blink and you’ll suddenly find yourself a years older.

You probably don’t know it but where you are right now is mostly shaped by the questions you ask. If you want to change your life, learn to ask the questions that have the biggest impact in your life.

With this said, here are life-changing questions to ask yourself today.

What are you pretending not to know?

A lot of people go through life pretending to a certain degree. But did you know that pretending can have a negative impact in your life? It can limit effectiveness. So today, ask yourself what are you pretending not to know

What will staying in the same career do to your life?

People spend a huge amount of time in their life working. If you currently have a soul-sucking job, this will carry into the other parts of your life. And if your values and work have no fundamental disconnection, it’s probably time to address that.

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Where will you be in 5 years if you keep heading in this direction?

Take the time to write down what you want to become in 5 years. Now ask yourself if you’re doing the things you should be doing today to get there.

Create clear goals and decide on what you want to achieve in life. By setting goals, you’re giving yourself the motivation you need to create the best life for yourself.

What do you want people to say about you in your funeral?

Asking yourself this question will help you identify the most important things in your life. Would you want people to talk about the expensive things you own or the way you made them feel? Would you prefer your family to talk about how they never saw you because you were always busy at work or how much of a great wife, husband, dad, mom, or sibling you are?

This question helps remind you of how important it is not to focus on wealth and success at the expense of good character and relationships. After all, when you’re dead, people will remember you for how you made them feel and not how much money you have.

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If you weren’t scared what would you do?

Fear is a good thing. It helps us stay away from danger. But fear of the things we make up in our minds will only lead us to doing the opposite of what’s right for us.

Fear is sometimes the main reason why you’re paralyzed, stuck and afraid of going out of your comfort zone and going after your dreams.

Now, imagine your 80 year old self, looking back at your own life, what would you advise yourself to do in the moment if you weren’t scared?

What would you be doing if you had six months to live?

What if you find out you’re about to die in six months? What would you do?

Would you spend time sitting still while waiting for death or go after the things you’ve been putting off?

Would you spend your time with the most important people in your life?

Are you who you want to be?

Think back to when you were a child and remember what you wanted to be. Are you the kind of person you always wanted to be? Or maybe you’re on the path to becoming that person.

Reflect and ask yourself if you still want to be that person. This will help you figure yourself out and who you want to be.

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Is your social circle influencing your life positively?

According to Jim Rohn, you are the average of the 5 people you spend most of your time with while an old Spanish proverb says “Tell me who are your friends, and I’ll tell you who you are”.

Take a look at your circle of friends. Are you surrounding yourself with people who encourage you to become better? Or are they dragging you down?

If you want to achieve your full potential, it’s important to choose the people around you. If you want to be successful, hang out with successful people. If you want to be lose weight, hang out with healthy people and so on.

How much do you worry about what others think?

If you are constantly worrying about what others think, you can’t be fully present with the best of your self. Thinking of what others think about you is useless. It doesn’t serve you any purpose.

Learn to be your optimistic self and focus on giving your best foot forward in all the things you do.

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