The Power of Questions
One of my favorite coaching tools when working with my clients is asking powerful questions. (And recently, I’ve come up with some pretty good ones. Seriously!)
As I’ve been crafting more and more of these powerful questions and using them in my coaching sessions, it’s led me to thinking a lot about the questions we ask ourselves on a daily basis.
Things like, “When will this be easy?”, “What am I going to eat today?”, “Why are things so hard?”, “Why can’t I do that?”, “Why not me?” or “Why didn’t I do XYZ instead?” tend to be common questions that float in and out of our minds every day.
They all seem innocent. And we probably don’t even realize that we’re asking ourselves these questions, much less how frequently they’re actually running around in our mind.
But here’s what I want you to know about the questions you’re asking yourself and why they’re so important to your life, to the results that you currently have, and to your overall well-being:
1. Your brain is going to find the answer to the questions you’re asking yourself. So, if you’re asking yourself, “Why are things so hard?” on even a remotely consistent basis – guess what? Your brain is going to tell you why and show you all the reasons why your life is hard or you can’t do X or why you can’t have XYZ in your life. (Try it. Test it out.)
Conversely, if you ask the question in a more empowering way, such as “How can I get this done?” you’re going to get a much more creative and inspiring response, and chances are, you’re probably going to figure whatever it is you’re questioning, out. Try this. Notice that you probably came up with some pretty creative answers. Plus, you probably feel more empowered – right?
2. The questions you ask yourself on a daily basis reveal your belief systems. We have all been programmed at a very early age to believe certain things about ourselves, others, the world. But how often do we question what those beliefs even are? How many of us are even aware of what it is that we are actually believing? Asking yourself powerful questions or working with a coach to help guide you through this process is an extremely powerful experience that will help reshape your life – no matter what you challenges you are confronted with.
3. The questions you ask yourself have the power to literally change your life. When you ask yourself high quality questions, you will come up with high quality answers. Positive questions will generate positive thoughts, which in turn, will generate more positive results for you in your life.
Here are some great questions you can start to use to generate more positivity and empowerment in your life:
How can I make today better than yesterday?
What am I grateful for?
What do I love about myself?
How can I make my future more exciting than my past?
What can I do to laugh a lot today?
How can I make myself a priority so I have more to give others?
How can I be more connected to my internal joy?
How can I live my best life?
The questions you ask yourself will change your life.
I challenge you to start asking yourself at least one powerful question each day and pay attention to what answers come up for you. I guarantee that as long as you keep your questions clean (positive-focused), you’ll find a source of wisdom within yourself you didn’t hear before.
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