The Little Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Today for a Better Life
I read a great post on the Clever Dude site the other day. It was about how a simple question could change your life.
The post was about being consistent with your goals but it got me thinking about what other little questions you could ask yourself in order to lead a better life. These are the seemingly blindingly obvious things we can often ignore for years instead of making the time to do something about them.
So, if one question could open up your mind to a better life what would it be?
Are You Really Happy?
If I can digress for a second I can tell you about the first time in my life I seriously put this question to myself. I was on a darkened overnight bus far from home heading for an unknown future. For the first time in my adult life I had no home, no job, no car and no monthly bills. Heck, I didn’t even own more than 2 pairs of socks. No one who knew me could have told you what country I was in and I was out of touch with the rest of the world. More importantly, I had absolutely nothing on my mind for the first time since I was a kid. I couldn’t get to sleep as things from my past started coming back to me. As the bus rolled along relentlessly I started to question whether I was happy now, whether I had ever been happy in the past and what mistakes I could correct in order to be happier in the future. This might be an extreme approach which I took but finding some time to ask yourself this question should be a priority for you too.
Who Are Your Financial Role Models?
I reckon that someone from a few generations ago who time travelled forward to 2013 would be amazed at how easy it is to over spend these days. Even my grandparents tell me that when they grew up you spent what you had and that was it. There were no credit cards, no easy loans and very few ways of getting yourself into big levels of debt. The problem now isn’t that it is easy to borrow money; it is that we so many people want to live a better lifestyle than they can afford. I reckon this is because we have so many bad role models now. We look at the TV and see shallow, talentless celebrities like the Kardashians, Justin Bieber, Paris Hilton and all those rap stars who are covered in bling and drive ridiculously expensive cars. I reckon that we all know deep down that the vast majority of current celebrities are basically talentless. However, they are filthy rich. If they can spend fortunes despite having no real talent then why can’t we? Instead of using these people as our role models we should ask ourselves who could give us a better example. Do you have a relative who never spends more than they can afford or is there a fictional character whose financial good sense you admire?
Is Your Spending Sustainable?
Are you spending more than you can afford? You can dress it up all the fancy financial terms you want but this simple question is the key to living a better life in the future. There is simply no way of carrying on spending more than you can afford for long without running into problems. The big problem here is that you might try and ignore the issue if you know deep down that you aren’t doing things in the right way. At some point, though, you need to sit down and ask yourself this question.
What other questions should be we all ask ourselves?