A cocoon of a butterfly was once found by a man . A day came that a small opening appeared in the cocoon. This made the man so curious that he sat and watched the butterfly as it struggled to force its body through the little hole.
At a time, the butterfly seemed to stop making any progress. It was as if it had reached its limit and could go no farther. The man then decided to help the butterfly and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon with a pair of scissors .
This made the butterfly emerge so easily.But then the butterfly developed a swollen body and small shriveled wings.
The man continued to watch the butterfly and expected that, at any moment, the wings would grow, expand to support the body and contract in time.
However this never happened! instead, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.
Why did this occur? Why couldn’t the butterfly grow wings and fly?
What the man did not realize is that, in his kindness and haste, he did not understand that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were God’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight; once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.
You need challenges in your live to make a difference. If you try to avoid building yourself mentally, you will be crippled and never be able to reach your potential.
One way to challenge yourself is to ask questions . Questions do create a quality life and awaken your potential. It has a way of challenging your mind filters.
So get ready to challenge yourself to reach great heights. Here are 5 questions that will make a difference in your life
What is your Sense of Identity
Finding your sense of identity can be confusing. Being self aware of whom you are is a journey that can take forever even though you have come of age.
But the truth is that your sense of identity plays a major role in your personal development.
The traits and attributes that you have developed so far have been shaped by your sense of identity. All the emotions that you exhibit in your life did not come from a void.
So you need to review your sense of identity. Remember its a process and not a destination
What is your Perception of Life?
If life to you is about Lemons, you will always get Lemonades.
Your mindset about life controls what you say or do. If life to you is about fame and status, then all your actions will be towards the goal. If all you think about is Winning, then Losing will irritate you.
Your perception is not based on chemicals and hormones but what you constantly feed your mind.
Where your treasure is, there your heart will be. What is your treasure? What is your mindset of Life.
What is Right and Wrong?
Seems like a dumb question. What has right and wrong got to do with challenges or even change.
Do you know that what you think is right and wrong affects your mindset. Yvonne shares this insight in her article where she sheds light on Self Reflection.
She points out that there are two kinds of people when it comes to right and wrong:
1. People who sabotage things in their lives by thinking they are wrong all the time. They are people with bad luck.
2. People who feel they are right all the time even when it is obvious that they are wrong. These people are in self deception.
So which person are you? Are you bound by circumstances or are you manipulative and cocky?
No matter who you are, the good news is that you can make a change in your life.
So while you list out those things in your life that are right and wrong , just remember this wisdom- As you think in your heart so you become.
What gives you Joy and what makes you Tick?
What gives you Joy and makes you beam with excitement? I am not talking about Happiness because there is a difference between Joy and Happiness.
Being happy is an external thing that can be activated by an external stimuli. You can be happy when you have a good meal, a nice sleep, or experiencing a wonderful day. Even the weather can make you happy.
Joy other the other hand, comes from within and is never defined by any situation.
So when your Joy becomes sour, nerves becomes tense and then everything in your life becomes a struggle. You don’t want to let that happen to you but rather steer in the direction of your Joy.
So as you discover who you are, what excites you or what stirs your passion, know that Joy is an energy booster and it will challenge you to grow, to learn more, to become more and to give more.
What is your Deepest Fear?
Fear is a deceiver. It is no wonder that it has the popular acronym- False Evidence Appearing Real.
It’s truly an illusion. Sadly, it is one of the top emotions in humans. Although, Fear can be a good thing sometimes, when it comes to being alert and averting danger but if you allow fear to stay dominantly in your thoughts, you are going to keep experiencing false realities.
Such false realities might be the belief that you will never succeed even though you have never taken any risk or holding on to past failures which you use as an excuse to paralyze your future endeavors
Such thoughts are a waste of time. You need to seek out your fear and analyse your thoughts. Don’t allow fear to make you derail from success. You can choose how you think and act.
Over to you
As small as these questions might seem, they have the power to transform you to great heights so don’t take them for granted.
What questions have you raised in you life that has not just challenged you but changed you for the better? Please do share