Have you ever stopped to think about what hearing and asking questions does to you? Stop and think about it for a second. What happens when someone asks you a question? You want to answer it, right? You want to give them your thoughts and opinions on it – even if you’re not really interested in the topic so much, when someone asks you a question our human brains WANT to answer it.
Questions are SO POWERFUL. I think we forget how incredible our brains are and how they just want to function solving problems, answering questions, and analyzing things. So we don’t ask ourselves questions. This is a huge mistake and one I made for too many years. When we don’t GIVE our brains something conscious to think about and work on our brains are naturally going to CREATE issues. It’s looking for something to do and if you don’t give it something to do, it will make up its own thing to do.
I realize this may sound odd but I promise you it’s true. Think about it, ever worry about something for so long and then someone talks to you about it and you feel so much better and think, “Oh, that’s not so bad. Why was I stressing about that in the first place?” It’s because you didn’t give your brain something specific to work on so it created an issue – it created overwhelm, confusion, and worry because at the time those felt productive. It felt necessary and it kept you BUSY circling those same thoughts over and over again until you made that inquiry and became aware of the underlying issue.
This is one of the biggest reasons awareness is key to highlighting the real issue. But how do we get to awareness in the first place? We have to get there by ASKING QUESTIONS. When we stop and ask ourselves, “What’s really going on here? Why am I feeling this way? Why does this bother me?” – then magic happens. Our amazing, super smart, efficient brains go to work to answer it. You start to realize, “oh, it’s because I’m thinking/doing _________________.” Then awareness is brought into light.
Awareness is another topic of its own but once we get to that point of awareness then we can choose what thoughts we want to keep and what thoughts aren’t serving us and need to be cleaned up. But we can’t get to this point without asking ourselves questions.Questions are good! Questions open you up for inquiry and enlightenment. Here’s some good questions to ask yourself everyday
What am I good at? – Am I developing that?
What do I love about me? – Am I appreciating me enough or at all?
What am I grateful for? -Am I noticing all the abundance around me?
What do I want to be thinking about? -What thoughts will help me get closer to the me I want to be?
What do I want to be doing? -Do I like what I’m doing now? – Why?
How can I get closer to where I really want to be and what I really want to be doing?
What can I do right now, right this second towards my goals? What about today?
Why is this bothering me? -What am I making this mean?
Why am I feeling like this? – How do I want to feel?
Why am I choosing to think this? Is it necessary? Are my thoughts serving me?
If not, What can I think instead?
Ask yourself these powerful questions and get to know yourself in a whole new way. Give you brain something intentional to think about and solve instead of going straight to reactive mode and creating extra drama for yourself.
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