Every morning, you wake up and complete the same routine. Getting out of bed, brushing your teeth, taking a shower, and getting dressed for an eventful day. During this routine, you might look in the mirror to check your appearance and make sure you’re dressed for success. But how many times have you looked in the mirror and assessed yourself?

Not your wardrobe or your hair, but your goals, your future, your happiness? We often get too busy living our daily life to even bother asking these questions, too focused on the getting in and out. But asking yourself the following questions can eventually lead to a better life and success.

1. Am I Happy?

Are you happy with the way things are going in your life right now? Or do you feel as if you’re stuck in the everlasting maze of life?

If you’re unhappy with the way things are going, then it’s most definitely time to make a change. Whether it’s in your personal life or the workforce, if you’re constantly feeling weighed down or getting an urgent sense to run, then it’s time to do so.

Listen to your feelings and your premonitions. If you’re always getting a bad vibe from someone or something, it’s because nine times out of ten it IS bad for you.

Never let someone else tell you what you need for YOUR own happiness because only you know what you really need. It’s time to stop letting others step on your happiness and crushing your dreams. If you don’t stand up soon, your happiness will always be put aside, making you last priority.

Don’t be afraid to fight for your happiness, even if the battle is sometimes brutal.

2. Am I Ready to Let Go?

Making mistakes is inevitable. It’s in our blood. It’s what we were born to do. Some mistakes, however, are a lot greater than others.

The larger mistakes always seem to have a toll on our souls, weighing our conscious down. We often think of what we could’ve done to prevent it or if it’s our fault a certain incident took place.

We constantly think of the what ifs and the what could’ve been. It plagues our memories and haunts our dreams. Forgiveness is not an option, that’s what we tell ourselves. But oh, how that’s wrong.  We have to forgive ourselves or else we’ll never be able to move on with our lives. That’s not saying to forget about the past, but to embrace it.

To understand is a part of who you are, who you’ve become. Don’t let it inhibit your capabilities but strengthen them.  Let it be a lesson learned and never forgotten.

3. What am I Afraid of?

Fear often holds us back, preventing us from doing what we’re really destined to do. Ask yourself this- what are you afraid of? Write down a list of things that frighten you and challenge yourself to overcome them.

Break them down, step by step, and complete the less difficult task first. If you constantly wait on the sideline, too afraid to ever take the risk then you’ll never know what the future truly holds.

It’s hard to put aside your fears, it really is. But don’t let fear hold you back from being who you want to be and doing what you want. Push past those barriers and you’d be amazed at what you can accomplish.

4.What do I Deserve?

Many times, we’ll be faced with the question of what we deserve. Sometimes, we’ll look in the mirror and feel a pang of disappointment or sadness. Questioning the way of life and if we truly deserve the situation we’re in.

It’s okay to feel as if you deserve more, but what exactly is it do you feel you deserve? Love? Happiness? A raise? A promotion? Whatever it is, do not stop until you reach the goal you acquire, do not stop until you get what you deserve. It’s time to stop holding back and unleash your inhibitions.

5. Am I Ready for Change?

Every new year, resolutions are made and every year resolutions are broken. It’s human nature to create plans but never actually stick to them. But more often than not, the resolutions were breaking are the resolutions we need to enhance our lives and change our lifestyle.

It’s okay to be afraid of change, but change is inevitable. Ask yourself this- Am I ready to change my ways for a better future? Being stuck in the same routine can get mundane and will often result in you being left behind.

The world is constantly changing, nothing ever remains the same. But if you’re determined on holding on to the same tactics, you might just see yourself drifting into last place in the race of life.