24 Thought Provoking Questions You Need To Answer To Know Yourself Better

These 24 thought provoking questions I am sharing with you today have no right or wrong answers. Asking them is the answer. Voltaire, the writer, historian, and philosopher of the French Enlightenment era, admonishes us to judge a man by his questions rather than his answers: you’ll get to know someone better by asking them the right questions. In the same way, you know yourself better by asking yourself the right questions.

24 Thought Provoking Questions You Need To Answer To Know Yourself Better

 

  1. What would people say about you at your funeral?
  2. What do you believe stands between you and complete happiness?
  3. When will you be good enough for you? Is there some breaking point where you will accept everything about yourself?
  4. If you were at heaven’s gates, and God asked “you why should I let you in?”, what would you say?
  5. Do you fear death? If so, do you have a good reason?
  6. If you lost everything tomorrow, whose arms would you want to run into? Does that person know how much they mean to you?
  7.  If you had the chance to go back in time and change one thing, what would you change?
  8. If you could make a 30 second speech to the entire world, what would you say?
  9. If you had all the money in the world but still had to have some kind of job, what would you choose to do?
  10. What would you change if you were told with 100% certainty that God does not exist? Or if you don’t believe in God, that he does exist?
  11. What would you change if you knew you were NEVER going to die?
  12. If this were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you were about to do today?
  13. If your life was a movie, what would be the title?
  14. If you could ask for one wish, what would it be?
  15. How could you describe yourself in 5 words?
  16. Are there chances you’ve passed up that you wish you’d have taken?
  17. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old are you?
  18. If not now, then when?
  19. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
  20. Are you aware that someone has it worse than you?
  21. If you had to choose between a book or a movie what would you choose?
  22. If you could see your whole life till now on a movie would you enjoy it?
  23. If you could ask 1 person just one question, and he would answer honestly, what would you ask him and who would you ask?
  24.  What would you do different if you were reborn?

I know some of these thought provoking questions might seem uncomfortable, but it’s important to remember they give us valuable insight on ourselves and guide us to live in ways that bring the most fulfillment and joy.

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About The Author:  Cris Nikolov is the founder of MotivationGrid. He writes about understanding and getting the most from life. He hopes that he can inspire people to go after their passion. Join him on his facebook page or follow motivationgrid for inspiring posts and quotes.

28 Comments

  1. Mariel

    March 20, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    These are some really good questions to think about and evaluate possibly in their own article! I love this., especially number 2.

  2. jamgrl

    March 22, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    I love your questions! I especially love question #17. I believe age is just a number and you are as old as you allow yourself to feel. Excellent post!

    • Hristiqn 'Cris' Nikolov

      March 28, 2014 at 1:26 pm

      Same, and I have a living proof for that – my dad. He is 68 years old, yet he looks and feels like a 40 year old man. Still works everyday, cooks, goes running and things like that.

      Glad you stopped to comment, please be sure to visit us again!

  3. Andre

    March 23, 2014 at 3:41 am

    This is literally the dumbest thing I have ever read. Seriously. Most of these questions start with ‘if’. Which introduces the sad reality that most people won’t ever have these questions realized.

    • Hristiqn 'Cris' Nikolov

      March 28, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      Hey Andre,

      Everybody has his own opinion. Yes, you are right most questions start with an if but you have to remember that thought provoking questions normally start with an if.

    • hollis ellis

      March 29, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      there are some people that never see the good in anything, you seem like on of those people.

  4. Priya

    March 23, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Love your list of questions. very thought provoking!

  5. sebastian

    March 23, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    “If you could make a 30 second speech to the entire world, what would you say?”

    Haha love this one!

    I would only need ten seconds: Stop being angry, get your shit together, than help others to do the same.

  6. Jennifer Clay

    March 23, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Hmmm… These are some great questions to ask yourself. I am not sure how to answer some of them. I really need to sit down and figure things out.

    • Hristiqn 'Cris' Nikolov

      March 28, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      I needed 1 hour to answer all of them. But I learned few things about myself that I didn’t know before.

  7. Lawrence Bergfeld

    March 23, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    My favorite question is the one where someone has it worse than I do because that gets me to stop complaining and start ACTING on what I learned! And faith that I will get results!

    Lawrence Bergfeld

  8. Jeanne Melanson

    March 24, 2014 at 2:49 am

    This is a great list of questions, Hristiqn, and it would be well worth your (my) time to sit and think of the answers. One would have to dig quite deep. Thank you.

    • Hristiqn 'Cris' Nikolov

      March 28, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      Hey Jeanne,

      Yes, that’s true, if you want to answer all the questions you will have to think about them for a while.

  9. Ryan Biddulph

    March 24, 2014 at 3:29 am

    1 totally vibes with me! What will people say at the end of your life here? Think this through before you cop out on your dreams. Super share!

  10. Miya

    March 25, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    well It looks like I know myself pretty well. great questions by the way!

    • Hristiqn 'Cris' Nikolov

      March 28, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      Hey Miya,

      I took a lot of time to answer this questions. And every time I thought about them again most of the times I had different answers. I guess I can’t say the same as you.

      Bests

  11. sentient salad

    March 28, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    I think the dumbest question, that is supposed to be motivational is, “If this were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you were about to do today?”

    The answer always comes back a NO, or at least 99% of the time. I can’t live everyday like it were going to be my last, that would be extremely irresponsible.

    What exactly would motivate me to better myself, or to go to work, or to exercise, all things we do because we don’t think this will be our last day. If we lived our lives like everyday was our last, there would be alot of stupid sizzit going on everyday.

    • Hristiqn 'Cris' Nikolov

      March 30, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      That’s true. Here is what Steve Jobs answered: If the answer was no for too many days in a row, I know I have to change something.

  12. Kevin Dethlefs

    March 30, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Wanted to throw up that this would be a great way to write entries into a blog when you have nothing to write about in specific. Especially for those of us that don’t write so often and don’t have a built up audience but want to get in the habit of writing regularly.

  13. Marli

    March 30, 2014 at 9:26 am

    I love these! They are deep questions that, I think, every adult should ask themselves a few times during their life. It will help give one perspective on their life and their inner most thoughts. It’s a good way to stay on track with living a good, positive life.

    I will be using all of these as journal prompts and I will keep them to do every few years. Being a 25 year old in a 43 year old body gives me an amazing outlook on life!

    Thanks for sharing these.

  14. Geen

    April 1, 2014 at 1:16 am

    While many of the questions will cause self reflection, it is only helpful if action soon follows. Perhaps the idea of picking 3 of the answers to the questions and focusing on changing them this year will evoke something achievable, but noteworthy.

  15. Md Abdul Halim

    April 2, 2014 at 6:10 am

    Thease all are life related questions. I love it. Everybody should ask these type of questions by themselves.

  16. MHS

    April 4, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    ok , these questions are really thought provoking, if a person thinks.
    i draw your attention to better q/a book, “THE QURAN” , holly book of Muslims , just study a chapter and you will get all correct answers, even more , the life will be completed.no need to be reborned

  17. MHS

    April 4, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    i will apply these questions upon my life ,
    thanks

  18. NickP

    May 8, 2014 at 6:50 am

    “If this were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you were about to do today?”
    For me this question stood out. I am in a fortunate position that enables me to, within reason, do what most can’t with their day and yet I see no purpose in the day, just sadness.

  19. jessica

    May 16, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I think everyone should ask this questions yourself!

  20. sonali

    June 1, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    A very nice set of questions to know our self.
    My fav is What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
    This is a nice question to ask our self because we are not born to impress the society and other people and if all can understand this,the world will be beautiful.

    Thanks for this post.

  21. Dock Lucas

    June 13, 2014 at 9:59 am

    These are mother of all questions.
    1. What Am I?
    2. Where did I come from ?
    3. Where am I headed when I die?
    4. Why am I here?

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