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Why do Questions Work?
"The quality of one’s life is directly related to the quality
of questions one asks oneself." -- Tony Robbins
Why is this? How can we use questions to get more out of life?
When we make a statement, we primarily use our logical, rational, left brain. Statements affirm what is. Questions, on the other hand, invoke more of our intuitive, creative right brain. They challenge us to discover what might be. While statements are static, questions lead us into unexplored territory. They open doors to new possibilities!
Take just one moment to do this simple exercise. Say to yourself, "I don’t have enough time to get everything done." Experience how you feel after you make that statement.
Now say to yourself, "How can I give more time to what’s important to me?" Again, tune in to your feelings. Don’t you feel stronger and more open, powerful and energized by the question?
And here’s the really good news. Your question mobilizes the immense power of your subconscious mind. If you ask a question, your subconscious will always answer it, drawing from unlimited resources and wisdom that are not directly available to your conscious mind.
If you want to clear those problems in your life, remember to ask constructive, open-ended questions that cannot be answered with a simple yes or no. A great question to use often is, "What can I learn from this situation?"
Many people use positive affirmations. Why not change the words around to form empowering questions that draw out creative helpful ideas and solutions? Change your critical self talk to empowering question asking.
So think more often in terms of questions rather than answers. If you focus on a wrong answer, you have to start over again. If you focus on a question, there will always be more options and your subconscious mind will continue to work for you.
Once you’ve asked a question, you then need to listen and watch for the answer. Be alert, for the answers can be subtle and indirect. They can also come from anywhere at any time. The key is to be aware: to watch and listen, and be open to new possibilities.
"It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question." - Decouvertes
So talk to yourself with lots of expansive, empowering questions. Open to your own power to actively create with consciousness. Question your life!
Patrice and John Robson
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