The Easiest Way to Start Thinking

A while back I gave a presentation about personal development and to prepare for it, I compiled a list of questions that I’ve asked myself over the years. Questions are powerful tools because they require thought and a response.

Here are 21 Power Questions for Personal Development:

  1. What can I do to improve tomorrow, based on my performance today?
  2. Who has made me more successful than I would have been on my own?
  3. What opportunity, idea, or experience could I provide that someone might never be able to have without my help?
  4. What good can I do today?
  5. What I did learn today?
  6. What One Great Thing Would You Dare to Dream If You Knew Beyond the Shadow of a Doubt You Could Not Fail?
  7. What do I want to cause to happen today?
  8. What am I most thankful for?
  9. What can I do to enhance my strengths?
  10. What am I becoming (based on who I am around)?
  11. Why must I get better?
  12. Where do I start?
  13. Who benefits from my personal development?
  14. Who could have helped me today if I had only asked?
  15. How can I increase my value in order to benefit others, rather than just myself?
  16. What am I not doing right now that is very easy to do?
  17. Did I do everything I could today to make tomorrow the way I want it to be?
  18. How do I increase the quality and quantity of my work?
  19. Who can I encourage today in reaching their dreams?
  20. What is my motive?
  21. How can I use my past success as fuel to my future success?

A meaningful question has the power to make you take a close look at your life and your actions. It directs you to take responsibility for your success and happiness. So what other questions can you ask that have the power to change your life?


Dominique "Dom" Brightmon
Dominique "Dom" Brightmon is an award-winning speaker and certified member of the John Maxwell Team. He is the author of "Going North!: Tips & Techniques to Advance Yourself" & the follow-up bestseller, "Stay the Course: The Elite Performer's 7 Secret Keys to Sustainable Success". Dom host's the Going North podcast, a top-rated self-help podcast that interviews authors from all over the world. His mantra is Advance others to advance yourself. Reach out to him to learn how you can unlock your inner value through book writing, coaching, and podcasting. Dom is a contributing author to the inspiring book Crappy to Happy: Sacred Stories of Transformational Joy

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  1. Dom, number 21 sticks out for me! What am I not doing right now that is very easy to do?

    Consistently learning from folks right here…

    As in, I come back from time to time. Benefit! Even had a first article published.

    Yet – I could increase the frequency easily….

    Glad to be here today. Instead of a few times a month it’s time to be here frequently.


  2. “You can tell if a man is intelligent by his answers. It can be said if a man is wise from his questions. “, Naguib Mahfouz (Nobel Prize).
    Our brain loves questions. They have the power to involve ourselves and can shift our beliefs. They drive knowledge and personal growth and fuel creativity and critical thinking.

  3. I love asking questions of myself and others, Dominique! What a wonderful reminder to ask questions, to even take a long time to reflect on one question even. I attended a wonderful training this past weekend where I was reminded that we often want quick answers, the Life Hack, the instant secret to living. Yet, asking a question like “What is yearning to be expressed?” or “What is love?” for two years could bring quite a great deal of insight, deeper truths, surprising answers. Thank you for the questions you’ve offered here and the reminder of how powerful a question can be!

    • Fabulous comment! You are absolutely right. We do want the quick fix or life hack right now if not yesterday. Thanks for adding 2 other questions to ponder, Laura!

  4. Welcome to the BC360 family, Dom. I enjoyed reading through your questions, and they inspire further thought without a doubt. I love No. 6, and I am intrigued by No.12, especially since I believe each day is an opportunity to start something.
    Thanks for adding some food for thought to my day. These are great questions and can spark such interesting conversations.

  5. Your questions are very succinct and they have given me food for thought, Dom. Number 6 is an incredible one to dream and soar and move deeper into yourself. That is what I felt when I read it – quite ignited by the thought. I cannot add to the list, at this point in time – you have done a very comprehensive job here and your workshops are most likely very enlightening and empowering. A warm welcome to the BizCatalyst360 group!

  6. Dom – Welcome to the BC360 family of authors where honest, respectful engagement is expected and authors encourage each other. Here you will make new friends and grow in so many ways. Your first article is full of experienced wisdom – well done.