Annual Checkups with Dr. YOU

Self-diagnosis. Female cardiologist listening to her heartAs an adult most of us know that for some reason or another you should start annual visits with a doctor for the preventative maintenance of your health.  With every visit you add your information on where you are at the point and throughout the years you can track a course of where your health has been at any given point and see the direction you are headed in.  When it comes to doing a check up on your mental wellbeing, however, establishing those checkups can occur a lot closer to home.  Performing a check up on you every year gives you, as a specialist in you, the information you need to see where you are and remind you of where you want to go.  Over a period of time these checkups measure how well you did in getting to the person you want to become.

So what does a check up on you look like?  A life checkup can be an insightful process of taking the time to see where you are and where you are going.  Just like a room clean up you have to see where you are to make room for new things and avoid the clutter that comes when you never put things in their place.  The checkup is just that, a review of where you are.  Many times in life these questions may come up in interviews or with friends but for many reasons we may not take the time and energy to answer them for ourselves truthfully.  This way it is not the answer you think is correct or shows you in a positive light but is real.  As with a doctor’s checkup you can lie or not be completely honest about your condition but it ends up hurting you more than helping you.  Starting off with a review of some simple basics about you and your life really work to capture where you are at the time and later how far you have come to get you closer to the truth of who you are.

Think of the check up as a life capsule of your life in a year and the things you would include to express who you are.  Some things work to define you such as what you love, how you relax, and the most important people in your life.  Other things speak to your circumstances such as what your dream job is and the friends and family that make up your inner circle of love and support.  The things that speak to who you are at your core may take a little longer to answer so the checkup helps you break down the components that make up the person you are at a given point.  You have to know what you have to get where you going so making this checkup an annual appraisal helps you see you a little clearer.  Here are some questions that may assist you on your own personal check up:

Personal Checkup Questions

  • What are you?
  • How do you see yourself?
  • How do you feel others see you?
  • If there is a difference why do people see you differently than you see yourself?
  • What do you do for a living?
  • What do you want to do for a living?
  • What is your favorite color and how does it make you feel?
  • What is your favorite food and how does it make you feel?
  • What is your favorite song and how does it make you feel?
  • Who is my favorite person and how do they make me feel?
  • What makes you laugh?
  • What makes you smile?
  • What brings you peace?
  • Am I at peace and if not why?
  • How do you relax?
  • What is your favorite thing in the world?
  • What is your favorite place in the world?
  • What is your biggest strength?
  • What is your biggest weakness?
  • What is your favorite quality about yourself?
  • What is your greatest accomplishment and what did you learn from it?
  • What is your biggest failure and what did you learn from it?
  • What task do you like to do most and why?
  • What task do you like to do least and why?
  • Have you helped others and if so how?
  • Has your personality improved and, if so, in what ways?
  • Has my conduct towards been such that they are induced to respecting me?
  • How do I treat others?
  • Do I treat others the way I want to be treated?
  • What is my best habit?
  • What is my worst habit?
  • Have I been unfair to anyone, and if so, in what way?
  • What do I believe in?
  • What resources have I used over the year to help in my growth?
  • How do you want to change over the next year?
  • Who makes up your support system?
  • If you died tomorrow, how would you want to be remembered? How do you think you would be remembered?
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