Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Posted by Bobby Beck at 9:33 PM
The power of questions
Life is pretty amazing. I've always looked at life as something simple. When I complicate it, life can really smack me in the face. I'm happy to have had some amazing reflections this year which help remind me of who I am at my core and also challenge me to remember these things daily.

For instance, I was away last week with 6 other CEOs at an offsite where we rented a place together for three days and shared about our lives, our struggles and our triumphs. I learned a lot about myself, who I am and who I am not. It was a pretty amazing experience to say the least and it was fantatastic to get to know these extrodinary people so much better.

One thing I've learned while I was away is that true happiness is not something external, it's really something that is conscious. I consider myself to be a very happy person and I do know that, at least for me, it takes a conscious effort to live this way. I feel this is the one life that I have and knowing that I could be gone tomorrow really makes me realize just how special life is.

I'm a firm believer in asking myself powerful questions. Below are a few pretty powerful questions that I find super stimulating. Knowing the answer to these questions helps me remember why I'm here, what I'm doing and where I want to go with my life. If you'd like to share your thoughts, I'd love to read them in the comments section.

1. What are the top 3 – 5 things I want to do in my lifetime?
I talked to one guy who wanted to open up a bike shop where people could come and hang out, watch bike movies etc. A few of mine are that I will build a self sustainable home with solar and wind power, learn how to swim (more than just doggie paddle :), learn a new language, learn to fly a helicopter and so on. What do you want to do?

2. What is my purpose in life? What am I doing here?
This is very individual and also very personal. However it's a powerful enough question to ask ourselves. Taking five minutes to reflect on this can really shed a BIG light on our lives and in the quality of them.

3. What is my ultimate life outcome?
Who do you want to be every day in every moment to the best of your ability? Someone cuts you off in traffic or you get your wallet stolen, who are you and who do you ALWAYS want to be in those moments, too? This one can be pretty tough, but knowing this and keeping it close to me has really helped me light up some of the darker situations that have happened in my life.

One thing I know for sure is that I want my life and my actions to be my message. I think that I am the only person I have control over and that is already enough to handle. Whatever I do, say, act and feel is my message and I try my best to remember this. We all fall down at times, but don't beat yourself up over it. Learn and grow.

4. If I were to die tomorrow how would I want to be remembered?
Wow, this one reminds me of how temporary our existence really is. When I think of this it helps me to reflect on the magic moments of each day and to look for them, write them down and keep a diary of them.

I'm not sure what inspired me to blog about this and I know that some people think this stuff is "touchy feely," but the people who I've talked to in life who really know the answers to these questions tend to really have a super high quality of life. You don't need to answer these questions, I just think they are pretty darn powerful and worthy of sharing.

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