post written by: Marc Chernoff

40 Photo-Illustrated Questions to Refocus Your Mind


40 Photo-Illustrated Questions to Refocus Your Mind

Asking the right questions is the answer…

It’s not the answers you get from others that will help you, but the questions you ask of yourself.  Here are 40 thought-provoking questions to help you refresh and refocus your thinking:

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Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.  Also, check out our sister site, Thought Questions, for more photo-illustrated questions like these; and check out The Book of Questions if you’re interested in reading even more inspiring, thought-provoking questions.
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126 Comments

  • I have to share this. It’s great! Very inspiring!

  • Beautiful questions! I love you guys. How is it that two young people are so wise?

    As always, thank you.

  • These are fabulous! So thought-provoking and inspiring.

  • Thank you. Many of these are the exact questions I need to confront. Just perfect for today.

  • Love it!! Such important questions to ask ourselves…

  • It’s really fascinating that the answer to some of these questions just comes to my mind as soon as i finish looking at it. But some of the questions leave me speechless at first, they’re almost breathtaking… When I read this, all the unimportant (superficial) thoughts, opinions and imaginations about oneself, life, etc. fade away and I get a bit of the feeling back of what life REALLY is about.

    Thank you so much!

  • Love these. I went through them and answered most of them as quickly as I could. I think I’m going to make it a project to write them down in more detail and with more thought.

    I especially liked #1, about which I recently wrote a rather long article.

  • #38. Wow! I love it!

  • Each of these inspiring questions are perfect blog post starters. Thanks!

  • I really love this! The answers to most came so quickly, I suprised myself. But there were others that took some pondering. Thanks for inspiring me day after day after day after day…

  • I am a bit haunted by #25 cause I cannot answer that. I’ve used, if not wasted, last year on daily routine (work, home, work, home) and nothing else. Thanks for prompting me to notice that I need to make a positive change.

  • This was a great way to test our own minds… to confront some hidden truths! Thanks you.. this was enlightening!

  • Fabulous photos and insightful questions. Can I copy these to my space and make a link to your blog?

  • Thanks so much. This is really, really inspiring stuff. Everybody should ask these questions at least every couple of years.

  • I love reading your articles in the morning and these photo illustrated questions are just absolutely brilliant!

    Thank you for making me smile and making me think.

  • Inspiring questions. Thanks!

  • I think I need to journal through this list, one picture and question a day. Funny, I’m not much on journaling, but these questions really struck me as launching pads.

  • This is just fantastic, so inspiring and creative. Well done!

  • Amazing collection. As Tara has said above, great ideas for my blog posts! Thanks so much.

  • Sampathkumar iyengar
    February 24th, 2012 at 9:12 am

    A great post. Thanks for sharing and provoking us to put on the thinking cap.

  • Very inspiring , I had to share with my family & friends. Thanks.

  • Very helpful in stirring my thoughts.

  • Very thought provoking… I surprised myself with some of my answers. Want to spend time going through these with my husband.

  • Thank you :) Better than coffee as a way to begin the day!

  • Perfect gift today! Will share these with friends on a retreat this weekend! Namaste!

  • Truly inspiring! What great content you provide each week. I look forward to your emails.

  • Amazing as always.

  • I typed this list on a separate paper and answered all the questions… Wow, what an incredibly rewarding and enlightening experience! Amazing! Thank you!

  • Every photo and question makes me think and analyze my life. Very meaningful.

  • AMAZING! I shared these on Facebook and will share with my Live Your Sparkle eZine subscribers next week! As a life coach, I’m always asking questions. You’ve inspired a few more in my tool kit. And the images are breathtaking!

    Thanks so much!
    Paula Onysko

  • By question #40, I was almost in tears… the questions were so simple but made me evaluate so much. I’m not even sure I can explain how each answer made me feel and think. Truly amazing!

  • These questions have re-opened my mind to positive ideas. Thanks.

  • Great questions Marc and Angel. 33. you ask “If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people what would your message be?” My message would be “life is short, be who you are meant to be, love yourself and give other a little slack, they may not have figured out who they are yet.’

    One question I would like to add is, “Does it really matter what other people may think of You?”

    Many people can loss there own idenity because they are worried about what others may or may not think. It is always best to be true to yourself and be just who you are meant to be.

    Thanks for sharing these question, they are great.
    Blessing to you both,
    Debbie

  • Wonderful questions… I think I’m going to tape them into my journal to focus on one question each day. Just my initial responses to reading each lets me know I need to focus on them in more detail! Thank you.

  • These are wonderful! I think they’d be great for a journaling exercise or for blog posts or even for questions to discuss with your spouse. Thanks for another great, thoughtful post!

  • These questions came to me at the right moment. Thank you.

    Whiteswan

  • Great list of questions! They’re actually a little scary because I cant answer all of them, and i should be able to since I’ve been on this earth between 35-40 years. Should i be concerned? I guess I”ll work on the answers.

    Thought provoking…

    Thank you.

  • I loved this. Very provocative. Thank you for sharing.

  • You constantly find new and creative ways to feed my soul. I will be forever grateful that I stumbled across your website. Simply profound and profoundly simple - know that you are, moment-by-moment, making an indelible difference in so many lives… including mine, and those whom I love.

    Kia ora, danke, merci, thank you.

  • Great thought provoking questions. :) Definitely will have to handle each question one day at a time. So much to process. Thanks for another great post.

  • Charismatic charles
    February 25th, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Clueless for words…
    Thank you! Namaste!!

  • Another great blog post, as always. Thanks.

  • Hi, this is Faizal from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I’ve read all of your posts. I’ve spent the whole night reading your blog and I find it so very, very inspirational. Keep up a good work and thank you for sharing your thoughts and words. Everything you put together is wonderful. :)

  • Awesome post! Inspiring! Thank you!

  • Everyone, thanks so much for the kind words and added insight.

    Your thoughtfulness and kindness continues to inspire us.

  • Indeed amazing and inspiring. Questions are the mother of growth, change and transformation.

  • I loved this post! Not only was it thought provoking, the pictures were beautiful.. As always, I enjoy each and everything on your site.

  • Thank you. I will share this with my students as it is an excellent way to explore your self-worth.

  • Great questions! One has to be honest enough to answer to these questions to him/herself. Such eye openers…

  • You dears, are awesome! I can’t tell you how excited I get when I’m reading your articles. Good job!

  • Loved it! Questions like these demonstrate curiosity, are the breath of resiliency, and account for the difference between life and an amazing life.

  • I always love your content; however, your illustrations tend toward younger people. Older people have hopes, dreams, and passions too; it doesn’t go away with age. I’m 50 and have some mileage behind me, but that mileage gives me perspective that younger folks just won’t get without experience. Like I said, I love questions and content, just some additional food for thought…

  • Got me thinking! Thanks :)

  • Wow.. MMT =) Nudges me and makes me more aware of the reality! Love.

  • Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful and thought-provoking!

  • @Joe Gartrell I love what you’re saying, and I’d like to add *further* food for thought.

    Maybe they’re telling you that “age is a state of mind,” so start *enjoying the youth and thinking youthful yourself.*

    What I always loved about my grandparents was how willing they were to play with us, to learn new video games or listen sincerely to our new stories :)

    Rock on and ryze up, man! :)

  • I am going to answer them soon :) Definitely need to ask myself these regularly.

  • I just wanted to say thanks. I’m at a crossroads in my life at the moment and honestly I’m feeling lost and confused. Having discovered this site has helped me think about what I can do to become a better person and achieve my dreams and goals. Thank you.

  • LOVE these questions!
    Keep it up.

  • A fun and inspiring post. Answering each question was an experience. Thanks!

  • The illustrations match the questions perfectly. I don’t think it is necessary to ask yourself all of these questions at once, but I think asking a few of these questions from time to time is essential for self reflection and improvement.

  • Thought provoking, inspiring. Each question, while attempting to answer, brings up more questions. I’ll be up thinking all night now :)

    *new follower*

  • Wow, 40 awesome questions to ponder! I wrote out my answers and plan on re-doing it again in a year and seeing what has changed, and more importantly what values, ideas and beliefs I have stuck too! (:

  • Great questions to explore oneself! Answers to some come on impulse while some require deep thinking.

  • Such thought provoking questions and images. Thanks for the time spent preparing this!

  • Great collection of pictures and questions. Inspiring and deeply thought-provoking.

  • Great pics and questions. I’ll have to keep coming back to this when I’m in the right mindset to ask myself a question…

    Cheers, Andrew

  • These are all important questions, and I will probably use several of them as writing prompts in my high school classroom.

    A question that my mom taught me to ask myself is “What did you do today to get where you want to be tomorrow?”

  • As someone who found out just two days ago that he’s clinically depressed, #25 made me feel really good. Thank you! This was a wonderful post.

  • The photo for question #14 was taken at Berry College - the college I attended many years ago. Awesome! That alone brought about a lot of memories and questions for me.

  • Brilliant questions! Thanks a lot…

  • I just have to tell you that this is brilliant stuff. I love coming here because it makes me think and reflect. I took your challenge back in January and wrote an entire blog post answering one of your blogs; not sure if you knew it as I did link back to you, but if you’re like me and don’t allow trackbacks you may never have seen it.

    Just amazing, especially this one with the images. I’m glad I found this blog.

  • Beautiful photos, thought-provoking questions…Only thing I’d wish for is a bit more diversity in the shots. Lovely work though. #22 is my favorite question, #16 my favorite image.

  • These are great images and the questions will keep you thinking for a while. I like the question “what is one thing nobody can take away.”

  • Thank you for this! It’ll really give me something to think about. The lovely visuals also help to get my mind going and rolling with ideas.

  • Self reflection is one of my hobbies… Thank you for helping me to regain perspective. A continuous effort but so worthwhile.

  • Truly thought provoking. I have to think on some of these questions and answer them at a later time.

  • Inspiring questions. I think the guy in the third picture wants water… ;-)

  • Good questions, i keep asking myself some of those, from time to time… Made me smile, too.

  • Awesome list!

    One I think about often and might add is:
    “If I don’t do it now, what opportunity might I miss?”

    Thanks for sharing!

  • What didn’t last forever but was still worth my while?

    Easy!

    My marriage. Any day.

  • Thinking about using these as starters in one of my classes, Thanks.

  • Thought provoking and inspiring. I think I will do something similar on my blog one day - different questions, but I like the photo idea. I have thousands of my own photos, so it should be fairly easy. Thank you.

  • Great idea for a post. Thank you!

  • I often ask myself and others, “what would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?”.

  • As always, it’s the questions you ask and, most importantly, the questions you ask of yourself that elevates awareness and enhances connectedness to source. Thanks for some good ones.

  • What a great thought provoking exercise.

  • Hi,

    This is simply wonderful, hope you don’t mind my reprinting your first question-photo and directing my readers here. Your site is so inspiring!

    Best regards,
    Lisa

  • It is incredible how these questions make you think. Awesome questions! It helped me a lot.

  • What beautiful photography to go along with such thought provoking questions :)

  • Thanks for the positive lift today.

  • Wow, inspiring pictures and questions. :]

  • This post is very thought provoking and worth reflecting on. I wrote each of the 40 questions down on paper because I plan to dedicate some time to really letting these questions marinade in my thoughts and help me in my journey to be the best I can be. I wish you all the best, thank you to the author, and everyone smile; It’s the best kryptonite to negativity. Love, Live, Life.

    Sincerely,

    James H.

  • This is incredibly powerful and also inspiring for me as a writer. Some of the answers to these will ultimately become blog posts. Thank you!

  • Just wonderful!
    Going to share it!
    Thank you.

  • Shocking… in a good way! Thanks.

  • This makes me happy. :)

  • Sharing with my list of subscribers and FB fans for sure! :) Thank you!

  • Great idea! Answered them all! I’ll save my answers and check them in a year.

    Muchas gracias!

  • Great questions to ask ourselves.

  • These are wonderful! I really needed this today. Especially #36. I would love to turn this into a powerpoint and use it as my daily writing prompts. Can I?

  • Right now, what do you want most? I love it.

  • Darakhshan Majid
    March 22nd, 2012 at 3:34 am

    These questions are mind-opening. Thanks…

  • Really wonderful images and questions. Gives us a chance to relax and reflect.

  • Wow! I love this post! Inspiring and thought provoking.

  • I really enjoyed this. It really made me think about what I need to do to fix my problems and help others. Thanks !

  • Thanks for this lovely post. The questions make me think.

  • Maria Josephine Wijiastuti
    March 28th, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Thanks for this post. Indeed inspiring and thought provoking :)

  • Great post!

  • Thank you for sharing :) You just made my day and yes, I’m spreading it on my page as well :) More power!

  • Good questions… Now am asking… “Who am I?”

  • One of the first pages I looked at on your blog. Loved it! Really enjoyed the opportunity to do a self analysis

  • Loved the questions and the corresponding photos.

  • Really thought provoking. These questions helped me realize a few things in life.

  • 6 months ago my spirit broke literally when I was diagnosed with a lifelong cortisol insufficiency. I almost went insane because of the psychological impact it had on me and also I was not feeding my soul. I have been working hard to get back to feeling good, and in the darkest days I found this site. Your blog and these questions helped me to focus on the positive. Thank you, you have helped restore the some of my light in my darkest hours!

  • Hi! I love this! I actually came across this post when I was googling about ideas for blog posts. Been in a bit of a writer’s block mode, but I feel totally inspired to write about these great questions. I hope you don’t mind if I borrow them for some upcoming posts. I’ll be sure to link back to your site!!
    Thanks :)
    Cafe

  • You have a wonderful way of expressing yourselves, and a wonder following to boot. You must work very at your craft.

  • Makes me question my priorities and reminded me to count my blessings… Thanks!

  • This came after a long, depressing year at work ! Thank you for reminding me that there is more (much more) to life !

  • Very inspiring, with nice pictures. Thank you

  • Very thought inspiring questions I was surprised some of them I couldn’t answer. Something to think about for sure.

  • Awesome, thought-provoking questions!

  • This is an awesome post, I am deeply inspired :D

  • This is absolutely the best page/post I have ever seen. I am blown away. Thank you!

  • Very inspiring questions. Thank you for this.

  • This is such a beautiful article. Thank you for your effort and positive thoughts you put into this blog. Makes me think hard on my life priorities, be grateful of lessons I have learned from my past and the wonderful future experience yet to come, conquer and enjoy. God Bless

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