Regular readers of my blogs will know that I often recommend Michael Neill's radio show and newsletter. Here is a thought provoking article from Michael's newsletter for this week (sign-up details are included at the bottom of the posting).
QUESTIONS THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE
"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing."-Albert Einstein
Let me ask you a question - if you knew that there is at least one thing in today's tip that will absolutely change your life for the better, how attentively would you choose to read it?
If you experienced any shift in your state in response to that question, you've just experienced the potential power of questions to change your life.
Here's how it works:
Imagine that your conscious attention is like a flashlight and the untapped power of your mind is like a darkened room. Each new question encourages us to shine our flashlight in a new direction so that we can find information and resources that may always have been available to us but were 'hidden' in the dusty recesses of our mental attic.
For example, 'What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?' shines the light of your attention into a corner of your mind where as a child you piled all the hopes and dreams you had been taught were 'unrealistic' and 'childish'.
Asking yourself 'What would you want if you knew you didn't have to be unhappy about not getting it?' shines the light into the part of your mind where you keep the 'scary goals' - things you really want but fear the disappointment of trying and failing to achieve.
Here are some great questions from Michael Masterson's 'Early to Rise' newsletter (http://www.earlytorise.com):/
1. Imagine you are at your own funeral. What do people say about you - not from the pulpit but in whispered voices at the back of the room? What would you like them to say?
2. What would you do with your money if you had all you could ever need?
3. How would you live your life if you knew you were going to die feeling perfectly healthy in five years?
4. What would you feel you've missed if you found out that you had 24 hours to live?
Again, taking the time to ask and answer these questions can make a tremendous difference to the way you live your life. One similar question which completely changed my approach to my business was this:
Imagine you are on your deathbed and you have had a wonderful life. What are the four or five things you are most glad that you did?
When I realized that one of the things on my list was 'I was there while my kids were growing up', I decided that a life on the road as an actor and speaker was not the life for me. While I still travel for work from time to time, (I am writing this from a hotel room in San Francisco), I was home last week to attend my eight year old daughter's mime show, to see my eleven year old son's presentation on an imaginary culture who worship a frog god named 'Bruce', and to play Dora the Explorer with my 4 year old.
I can't honestly say whether or not that's made a huge difference in their lives - but it really has made a huge positive difference in mine!
1. Ask yourself any or all of the questions in today's tip. Here they are again below:
*What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?
*What would you want if you knew you didn't have to be unhappy about not getting it?
*Imagine you are at your own funeral. What do people say about you - not from the pulpit but in whispered voices at the back of the room? What would you like them to say?
*What would you do with your money if you had all you could ever need?
*How would you live your life if you knew you were going to die feeling perfectly healthy in five years?
*What would you feel you've missed if you found out that you had 24 hours to live?
*Imagine you are on your deathbed and you have had a wonderful life. What are the four or five things you are most glad that you did?
2. If you have a question that has changed your life in a positive way, please post it to the MNCT forum at:http://www.geniuscatalyst.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=3
(You can also post some of your answers if you like...)
Have fun, learn heaps, and live the questions!
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WANT TO LEARN MORE?
Here are some of my favorite resources for putting the power of questions to work for you:
Books *Emotional Options by Mandy Evans
*Loving What Is by Byron Katie
*Unconditional Bliss by Raphael Cushnir
*You Can Have What You Want by Michael Neill (UK edition only) http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1401910785/geniuscatalys-21
Related Tips and Audio
Members of the Solutions Café will also enjoy these related tips and audio selections:
*Change Your Life in One Hour w/Paul McKenna (audio)
*A Question of Money
*Through the Gateway of Ourselves
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