This week is the final week of our series on Asking Intelligent Questions. I hope you take and use the information I’ve shared in your daily life. If you’ve missed any of the other articles in this series, I invite you read them by clicking here.
Let me suggest daily exercises that will prompt you to ask yourself some very probing questions about your values and priorities. Remember, all the information you need is already available in the data banks of your mind. You only have to access it by keying in a positive question.
For the next 21 days, devote yourself to answering the following revealing questions as truthfully as possible. Decide when you want to begin and be consistent. Answer the same questions every day and try not to copy or duplicate the answers you wrote the day before. This process will help you to better understand what you want and help you to find creative new solutions to lingering old problems.
Beginning of the Day Exercise: Most people get up in the morning, go the bathroom mirror, look at themselves, and say things like, Why do I have to go to work today? Why am I out of shape? The answers you get to negative questions like that don’t make you feel motivated or excited about your upcoming day. Without realizing it, you have programmed yourself to feel out of control.
After your alarm goes off, stay in bed for a few extra minutes and begin asking yourself the following questions. Be sure to allow yourself time to find resourceful, positive answers. This will enable you to program your mind to see the positive aspects of your life – and ultimately enjoy it more.
- What is positive or exciting about today?
- What do I have to be grateful for?
- How can I have fun today and still take care of my responsibilities?
- How can I contribute more joy to my family and my business associates?
- What am I willing to do to guarantee that I’ll have fun today?
Try it. Notice that you gradually begin to feel more optimistic, energized, excited, and creative because you’re looking for the good in your life; this is because you’re not focusing on what you don’t like. What you focus on becomes your reality. You have the power to change your questions and, by doing so, change the quality of your life.
End of the Day Exercise: Then, before you go to sleep at night, answer the following questions:
- What did I learn today that I didn’t know before?
- How can I use this information?
- What good things happened today?
- What can I do tomorrow to increase my abilities to increase income?
- What actions do I need to take tomorrow to help me become more successful?
- What happened today that, if I could, I would have done differently? What did I learn from the experience? How can I make sure I won’t make that mistake again?
- How am I blessed today? What am I grateful for in my life, family, work?
Questions allow you to focus your attention and life energy on your talents and resources. The outcome is sure to be a better life. Please start this ritual for at least 21 days and observe within yourself how you shift into a more empowered life!
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