Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Two most important questions of your life

There are some very important questions that you can (and definitely should) ask yourself on a regular frequency. This aids in introspection. When people are in school or college they have term exams which help them judge if their progress on their education journey is reasonable. One of the problems of growing up is we stop asking ourselves that question. One probable cause is because we are not conditioned to ask questions of our progress ourselves. So, here is a ritual that I suggest everyone follow atleast once a year. It's best to choose significant days to do this like our birthdays, New Year or any such day.

What you need is a pen and a blank sheet of paper and a quiet place to sit and contemplate. With paper and pen in hand ask yourself the first question, "What would I do for the rest of my life if I won the lottery for xxx amount today?" The amount can be anything that you think is more than enough for you. Think about this. Write what you would do if you did not have to think about money. Would you still do what you are doing today? And think long term. Most people start by thinking they will do those things they are not able to do currently. But, after a little prodding they admit that they probably would not want to do it for the rest of their lives. So, think deeply. Take your time and write down what you would want to do.

Once you decide what you think you want, you have identified a very very important point. You have identified what you are really and truly passionate about. And that is very important. Most people die without knowing what they are truly passionate about.

Then ask yourself the second question. "What is it that stops me from doing these today?" When people do this, they are mostly startled to realize that not much actually prevents them from living their dream life except the fact that they have never really thought about it that way.

So, ask yourself these two questions. The answers may surprise you. Go ahead and live your dream life.

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