If you feel stuck, trapped by life's circumstances, or frustrated because things aren't happening the way you want, consider asking yourself one or all of these key questions:

1. What do I really want out of my life?

2. How is my fear limiting me?

3. What action can I take now that will help me feel more empowered?

4. Is my boredom a lack of clarity or motivation?

5. What routine or habit is limiting me?

6. Who was I before the world told me how I should be?

7. Is how I think others see me a projection of my insecurities?

8. What do I want to be known for?

9. Am I running away from what I don't want or running to what I want?

10. Do I believe everything I think?What is the Belief that is limiting me?

11. Where am I settling? Why am I doing this?

12. What message does my future self have for me?

13. If my younger self were to visit me, would she or he be proud?

14. Am I holding on to something or someone the universe is asking me to let go of?

15. Am I focusing more on how my life looks or how it feels?

What type of activities could you channel your energies toward that would satisfy you deep down?

Imagine you're receiving an award for your life's work. How would they describe your achievements when you're called to make your acceptance speech? This exercise is not meant to find your passion or your calling. It's designed to shed light on the values that are dear to you, and it can be used in any workplace to inject enthusiasm into whatever you do. When I connected with my deeper values of being helpful, considerate, and compassionate, it was a game changer. I used these rediscovered qualities to give my full attention to those who needed it instead of focusing on trying to fit in a work environment that didn't suit my personality. You may not be doing what you'd ideally like to right now, but you can turn even a stop gap activity into a source of valuable life enhancing experience.

What do you spend too much time worrying about?

Imagine you're looking back on your life as an elderly person. What advice would your older self give to your younger self? None of us like to imagine ourselves as a bitter eighty-year-old full of regret. Every time I ask this question to myself, worries suddenly reorder themselves, and solutions appear instead of endless anxiety. This question particularly clarified for me that I needed to focus on being more open, trusting, and mindful. I've become more open to experiences I was afraid of before and more trusting of myself, the future, and others. I also purposefully slowed down and become mindful of the world around me, seeing the beauty in the everyday things I would have walked past before. Life's daily trials can seem so insurmountable at times; petty incidents seem enough to want to tear your hair out. But do they really matter in the grand scheme of things? Will it matter even a few months on if someone talked to you the wrong way?

What do you not do enough of?

Imagine you have all the time in the world. What would your quiet times look like? When it comes to winding down, do you give yourself the opportunity to fully restore your energy? Or do you habitually squeeze an extra three to four hours of each day just to keep up with life's demands? Chasing material things and endlessly going after bold goals can spell trouble ahead. Forgetting to pamper yourself now and then not only lets your health down, but also negatively affects your relationships.

My new priorities that emerged were family, and health.. If you really care about living a meaningful life, doing more of what makes you happy will be just the magic pill you need. You know life is only worth living if it's meaningful. Waking up each morning with excitement does not have to be at the bottom of your priorities. You'll have the power to take a stand when others are crossing your boundaries or asking for too much.

Finally, once you shift the focus and give yourself permission to live by your values, it'll be such a motivating element that you'll never again ask, “What's the point of it all?” This is definitely a huge misconception when it comes to positivity. It's for this reason, in fact, that I focus on positivity rather than happiness. When you are happy, you are in a state where you don't feel bad and when even the not-so-great things seem bearable. Positivity, on the other hand, is not about putting on rose-colored glasses and pretending that everything is okay. It's about accepting whatever's happening in your current situation and trying to make the most of it. No matter how difficult the situation, it's possible to find something of value—even if the value is only that you're getting stronger by going through difficulties. One of the most essential habits for living a positive, present life is to cultivate gratitude. No matter how difficult a situation, there is always something to be grateful for. It's very difficult to be negative or distracted from the moment when you're focusing on what you have to be thankful for. A shift in attitude can transform all aspects of your life, from home to work to relationships to love to how you cope with change.