The problem with personal development is that it’s overwhelming. When you’re trying to improve your thinking and change your behavior, there are literally thousands of techniques to wrap your head around. There are countless daily rituals to remember and observe.
Today I’m on a mission to help you simplify. I’m serving up a quick guide to the single, highest leverage psychological tactic there is. If you focus on nothing else, you’ll still be able to massively boost your wealth, freedom and impact.
The power of questions
We’re meaning making machines, us humans. That is, we experience this weird thing we call “reality” and make meaning out of it.
This process is happening continuously at the deepest part of your unconscious mind. There’s a little engine in there, that never stops asking the following two questions:
What does this mean to me? And how does that make me feel?
Thousands of times a second you ask yourself these questions. And thousands of times a second, your unconscious mind answers. The asking and answering of these two questions might just be the definition of consciousness!
On top of those two basic questions, we all ask ourselves a plethora of more specific questions – some more unconsciously than others. What’s so important about this?
Your unconscious mind will answer any question you pose it
This is your most powerful and dangerous truth. Any question you ask, you will eventually receive an answer to. This is the key to your potential.
Sadly, most humans spend their lives asking themselves questions like:
- Why does this bad stuff keep happening to me?
- What have I done to deserve this?
- When will things get better?
All of these questions presuppose a fairly lame reality. The answers to these questions can’t be anything other than stinky.
How to transform your life for the better
The quality of your psychology and your life comes down do the quality of questions you ask of yourself. Einstein posed some real sticklers and eventually found the answers. Why can’t you? You could ask yourself anything.
Here are some of my favorites:
How much do I have to be grateful for today?
Note that I don’t ask “do I have anything to be grateful for?” … my question presupposes there is SOMETHING to be grateful for, and simply asks the unconscious to quantify it. Think counting-your-blessings.
How many of my goals can I massively move forward today?
Again, note the inherent presuppositions of this question. The implications are important to channel the question-answering power of your unconscious mind in the perfect direction.
How many people can I help in a profound way today?
This one should be obvious.
How much fun can I have as I carry out my commitments today?
All those things you’re telling yourself you SHOULD do…You’re supposed to want to do them.
How much can I learn today?
If you’re not learning, you’re not growing.
Note that every one of these ends with the word “today”. Asking better questions should be a daily ritual. If you only have one daily practice, this should be it.
By conditioning yourself to ask high quality questions, you condition your mind to think optimistically. You’ll begin to effortlessly anticipate success. Relentless progress will become the status quo of your existence.
Asking better questions will transform your life and business.
What types of questions should you be asking yourself for maximum effect? Leave a comment…