And Create a Powerful Shift in Your Life!
Living life by design, instead of by habit, can be challenging. One way to shake off the shackles of “going through the motions”, one boring day after another, is to look at the questions you routinely ask yourself.
You may just get more of the same old, same old in your life if your questions follow along the lines of: “What should I watch on Netflix?”, “Should I get take out or just heat up these leftovers?”, “Why do I always have to do everything around here?”, “Why doesn’t anyone listen to me?”, “Why can’t I lose weight?”,”Why does this always happen to me?”,etc.
You get the point. These questions lead nowhere, maybe to complaisance, resentment, anxiety and depression but they certainly don’t lead to positive change or outcomes.
The questions you routinely ask yourself can be a powerful force for change in your life. Asking different questions leads to different results. They spark a different mental outcome.
Asking questions is the first way to begin change. — Kubra Sait
Morning questions can be a journaling exercise, or simply questions to think about as you go about your morning routine, perhaps while getting ready for work.
Pick one or think/write about them all. Depending on time constraints, you may only be able to ponder one of these questions a day. Mix them up. Keep them positive and focused on meeting your values.
Try writing them on index cards and putting them around your home. In your car, by your bed, and in your bathroom. This will remind you about them and stimulate the mental exercise you are looking for; Asking and thinking about good questions.
Ideas for Morning questions:
- What are my goals for today?
- What are the 5 most important things for me to do today? What is their order of importance? “Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” — Stephen Covey
- What new knowledge can I gain today?
- What one trait would I like to excel in today?
- What challenges might I face today? What is the best way to face them?
- What is important for me to remember today?
- What thoughts, words and actions will make today a great day?
- How can I honour my values today?
- How can I help someone today?
Before bed, use questions as part of a reflective process. Once again, you can journal your answers, or simply spend some time pondering some or all of your chosen questions. There is power in sending your brain to sleep with good questions, rather than worries or ruminating about anxieties.
- What am I grateful for today?
- What was my greatest moment today?
- What did I do today to further my major goals?
- What positive traits did I express today?
- What have I done today to improve?
- What positive message can I give myself tonight as I fall asleep?
- What lessons did I learn today?
- What could I have done differently?
- Did I help anyone today?
These are all just examples. Make your morning questions specific to you and your challenges and goals. Make sure they are positive and will challenge you.
One of the fastest ways to find the solution to an issue or challenge you are facing is to ask the right questions. — Robin S. Sharma
It’s time to shake up your hum-drum life and get a different result, by changing the questions you ask yourself!