My mentor once informed me “When you ask yourself a question, your brain is obligated to search for an answer.”
Sidebar here – having a good mentor makes a huge difference in your business and life. We all need someone who believes in us even if we don’t believe in ourselves yet. Having someone that we look up to and want to emulate can be a real source of motivation. Whether that person is a paid coach, a business professional you know personally, or someone who’s books you have read or YouTube videos you watch/listen to.
Now back to that question you asked yourself. When you ask that question, you must be very careful how you word it, because, as stated before, your brain will search for that answer relentlessly. “Why am I so fat and why am I failing at business” will cause your brain to hunt for the answers to those queries.
Remember – whatever you focus on grows. Therefore, the goal is to seek an answer with a positive outcome. For example:
Why and I so healthy and strong? OR Why is my business so successful and profitable? When your brain searches for answers to these latter questions, it focuses on good health and success, rather than poor health and failure. and that my friend is where you want to be headed.
Recall that reticular activator and how your subconscious mind searches to make you right? ( click here for that post) What if you fed it the amazing outcomes you seek in business or life? Do you see how tweaking the input could impact the output? If your brain sought concrete defined results, your mind would shift, and eventually your focus would be on the outcomes you desire. When you focus on those objectives, your subconscious mind will start you towards attaining them.
Personally, I have many questions I ask myself every day. In fact I have written them down, recorded them and play them back to myself while I sleep. Strange (or not so strange) but true, my life gravitate in answer to those questions. ( I use the Think Up app on my Iphone)
Conceivably, that is little much for some people, so perhaps you might want to start by writing down three or four questions on a 3 x 5 card and read it first thing in the morning and the last thing before you go to sleep at night.
With a little assistance, my niece made one to help her overcome test anxiety. Her questions were:
- Why is testing so easy?
- Why do I feel so calm when I take a test?
- Why is it so easy for me to get a good grade on a test?
- Why do I love to take tests at school?
Now of course she will have to do the work and read her card in the morning and before bed at night, but taking action is a different blog for a different day.
Today I challenge you to question yourself on a several – times – daily basis. Ask those tough questions, the ones you really want your brain to answer:
- Why am I so successful?
- Why am I healthier and stronger every day?
- Why is my marriage so strong?
- Why do people enjoy spending time with me?
One of my questions last week was : Why am I so grateful? The next day I found my missing bracelet. The one that reads GRATEFUL. Coincidence? I think not.
If you want help shifting your mind by asking questions, reach out to me. I love to help get people on the right track.