5 Questions to Ask Yourself Every Day to Cultivate Appreciation and PurposeNone None
I'm going to share five powerful questions that yield two delicious aspects of life—appreciation and purpose. First though, let’s focus on what they really mean.
Appreciation = Thankful recognition. It’s seeing the positive in something or someone, and celebrating it. By doing this, we open our hearts, give the gift of gratitude to the world, and open ourselves to receive more of what we want and enjoy.
Purpose = Knowing the life direction that is most succinct with our interests and passions. Deep inside, we know (even if it's just an inkling) what we’re designed to do, and we can get there by being authentic to ourselves. This is how we serve the world and do what is most meaningful to us.
What Do I Have to Be Thankful for Today?
Get into the habit of finding the positive in everything—from the minuscule to the magnificent. You might feel grateful for a small act of kindness from a stranger, or for the fresh air you're breathing and the trees outside your window. It’s so easy for us to fall towards acknowledging what is wrong, yet when we ascend to what’s right, the world looks very different.
How Can I Make Today Even Better?
Humans are natural solution finders, so when we pose a question from a place of curiosity, our brains automatically strive to answer it. By asking how we can make today even better, we’re asking from a place of abundance rather than scarcity—if it’s already pretty good, is there anything we can do to enjoy it even more?
What Do I Have to Look Forward To?
There’s always something to look forward to, even if it’s tiny. Having things to look forward to, whether it's a new book to dive into at bedtime, or an upcoming get-together with a friend, literally helps up look forward and not dwell on the past. Not having enough exciting things coming up in the future can be a flag that we are living too much in our comfort zone—not believing that we’re worthy enough to receive fun and nourishing experiences. When we consider what we could be excited about, it gives us some good clues into what is meaningful and fulfilling to us—and that can offer insights into our life's purpose.
Who Am I Inspired By and Why?
What traits in others are you currently finding illuminating? What is it exactly that you find alluring and why? Is it relevant for you to adopt? While we must be authentic to ourselves, it’s healthy to be inspired by others.
How Can I Best Serve the World?
This is a big question! When our life’s purpose has an element of serving the world, we step into a place where we become givers—not only to others, but ourselves, for we are operating from kindness, compassion, and love. Many highly successful people including Tony Robbins and Richard Branson often talk about how their intention was always to make others’ lives better rather than to become millionaires—the money was a positive outcome of their intent. How can you best marry what you’re passionate about with a way to serve the world in a way that only you can? You have unique and special gifts—by bringing them to the world, you bring fulfillment to yourself, too.
The Bountologist is dedicated to improving selfworth globally and to redefining success as the cultivation of a selfdefined, positive and purposeful life for the benefit of the individual and the world as a whole.
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