Who Are You? 14 Critical Self-Reflection Questions to Ask and Ponder

Critical Self-reflection Begins with Self-image

“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” —Napoleon Hill

Your self-image plays a key role in the development of your character and influence in the world. According to John Maxwell’s Law of Awareness, you must know yourself to grow yourself.

Yet, often, the greatest blind spot we have is ourselves. We don’t know ourselves as well as we should. We certainly don’t see ourselves the way others do. Truly knowing yourself might be one of the greatest challenges you’ll ever face.

But it’s a challenge worth pursuing! Knowing yourself better has so many benefits. You become better at managing yourself and your life. 

Ask Yourself These 14 Questions

  1. What activities do I engage in to distract myself from my challenges? 
  2. What would I tell my younger self? 
  3. At what time of day can I focus the most easily? 
  4. At what time of day am I the most creative? 
  5. What are 10 words that accurately describe me? 
  6. What are the 10 words that I wish described me? 
  7. What am I currently tolerating in my life? 
  8. What do I believe is the meaning of life? 
  9. If I had to drop one person from my life, who would it be? 
  10. If I could plan out the perfect day, what would it look like for me?
  11. Who do I respect most in my life? 
  12. What would I do if I were less afraid? 
  13. What is my greatest strength? 
  14. What is my greatest weakness?

The sum of your answers to these questions is this: 

Are you holding yourself personally accountable and responsible for cultivating and nurturing your self-image while taking the action to live your best life?

Knowing yourself makes you powerful. 
If you know your strengths, weaknesses, and how to manage yourself effectively, you become a powerful person. If you know the type of person you want to be and how you want to live, you have a direction. Knowing yourself puts you on the path to freedom.

Faith Application
“Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding.” —Proverbs 2:2-3 NLT