There often comes a moment in our careers when we need to wrestle with some tough questions. You know the type: existential, philosophical, realistic. Cue your eye-rolling, hit stop, these questions are downright frustrating. Not just because we do not like asking them, or even answering them, but because they lead us to a new future that requires decisive action, change, and breaking down the walls of our comfort zone. As I was writing in my morning pages, I kept writing down question after question, wanting to find the tough questions I have been avoiding. I’m going to share what I came up with and encourage you to use them to find your own tough questions too.
Eight tough questions to ask yourself and find a way forward to build your future:
- What haven’t I said in the life of this project?
- What matters most to you?
- What are you doing to get what you want, to be who you are, to let go of the distractions and live your purpose? (Inspired by Bob Goff)
- Am I paying attention?
- Why is it so easy to let myself down in service of others?
- Is it inauthentic when you let your dreams die while building the dreams of others?
- What is my limit before I must decide between ignoring and pursuing my calling?
- What are the tough questions you are avoiding?