Thursday, October 25, 2012

Journey To The Center

What's the Challenge?  An introspective Q&A for personal growth

Who's Invited to Participate?  This one is for the adults.

What's the Point?  To eliminate the non-essentials from within our own selves in order to see more clearly and breathe more freely.

How Else Can This Challenge Be Utilized?  Each question can be seen as its own challenge.  If a particular question intrigues you, broaden the scope of its application or meaning in your life.

For a little more clarity, visit the post (Journey To The Center) that inspired this challenge at

                                        Some Helpful Tips Before You Get Started

* This is not a posting exercise.  These questions are for you to meditate on, answer in your own time and act upon in your own way.

*Along the same lines as the above note, I encourage you to embark upon this venture alone.  Share it with you.  Let it be something you're doing for yourself without any need for feedback from outside sources.

*Keep in mind that what is important to you need not ever be important to anyone else.

*Our traumas and past choices do define part of who we are.  They can't be changed and consequently neither can some of their effects on us.  But there is another part of you that you can control.  Use this exercise to find that part.

*Introspective exercises can be used to encourage the acceptance of truths in our lives.  This acceptance helps smooth the path toward growth, healing and change.

So here we go!  Read all 15 questions then choose the ones you are ready to address first.  Work toward honestly answering each one in time.


1) What have you experienced that disproves something you were once taught to      

2) Of the lessons you've learned through past mistakes, which ones do you still apply

3) In which of your strengths are you most proud and how is this represented in your

4) What would it take for you to change your goals?

5) Other than finances, what do you consider to be the most cumbersome burden you

6) In what way are you a healthy component in other people's lives?

7) What more is required for you to view yourself as 'complete'?

8) How often do you give?

9) What piece of wise advice do you apply to your everyday life?

10) In what ways are you actively nourishing your soul?

11) Who in your life has your best interests in mind?

12) What are the top three factors that influence your personal (not work related or  
       financial) decisions?

13) What advice would you give someone who's finding themselves succumbing to

14) What are the top five stress-relieving activities you would recommend to a child?

15) In what ways have you personalized the space in which you spend most of your
       'down time'?


  1. After you've answered a question, allow it to show you something about yourself, the people in your life or whatever else was triggered by the question. And rule #1 to any introspection is honesty. If you can't face a question yet, don't. Giving a half answer to get it off the list is only cheating yourself.

  2. If dealing with the dilemma of interpreting what a question is asking, choose your own interpretation. These questions belong to you alone. No one is holding them above you or has any expectations concerning your answers. Use them for yourself. Answer them in different ways each time you read them, if you like.

  3. If you have gone into this challenge anticipating personal growth remember that change goes along with growth. If some of these questions remain in the background of your thoughts you have to allow for your answers to change over time.