If you ask the "right" questions to yourself, you can harness the power of your subconscious mind to conquer any challenges and live your life to the fullest.
The power of questions is truly remarkable, but you must use it responsibly.
Instead, ask yourself, "How can I improve the way I do this?" Your subconscious mind will then help you to come up with solutions.
Questions have improved my life tremendously; but out of all the questions I've asked myself, 5 of them have made the most positive impact in my life. And I'd like to share them with you now…
Question # 1: What Is My Heart's Deepest Desires?
You can never be truly happy and consider yourself a success until you're fulfilling your heart's deepest desires.
So what makes you so thrilled and exhilarated to get up early in the morning? What are you so passionate about that you're willing to give up anything for it?
Once you discover your heart's deepest desires, your life will be filled with meaning and purpose.
You will finally realize that you're born in this world to accomplish something extraordinary – something you'd truly love to do or become for the rest of your life.
So ask yourself, "What is my heart's deepest desires?"
Then list down (on a piece of paper) everything that comes to your mind. If you're not sure whether a desire is something that you're really passionate about, write it down anyway.
When you're done, rate each item on a scale of 1 to 10 (with 1 being the least desirable and 10 being the most). Pay attention to your desires with a rating of 10. These are your heart's deepest desires.
Focus your efforts and energy towards doing them. Make them a top priority in your life and actually "live" them with passion.
If you do, you'll become the best version of yourself and live the life that you're truly meant to live.
Question # 2: How Can I ________________? (Fill the blank with the thing you want to accomplish.)
I ask this question when I can't figure out a solution, or when I want to know the best possible solution, to an issue.
You may ask it at the exact time you're encountering the situation; but the best time is to ask it before you go to sleep, because it's during this time when your subconscious mind goes into hyperactive mode in finding the "right" answer.
Let's say you dream of owning your own business but you're limited in funds. Before going to sleep, ask yourself, "How can I get the money to fund my dream business?"
Follow up that question with a firm statement: "While asleep, my subconscious mind will find the best way to start my business. And tomorrow, it will lead me to the perfect solution."
Sleep peacefully with the confidence that the answer is right around the corner.
Question # 3: Is It Really Important?
I learned this question while reading "The Magic of Thinking Big" by David J. Schwartz, and this one really jumped out at me.
Want to manage stress, avoid arguments, and live longer? Then ask yourself this question every time something sets you off.
There are many "little" things that could annoy us… a driver cutting you off, someone speaking impolitely, kids disturbing your personal time, slow internet connection, and a lot more.
The solution is to just ask yourself, "Is it really important?" whenever you feel irritable or mad.
Oftentimes, you'll realize that these are just small stuffs that you should ignore, so you can focus on the more important things in life.
And by not losing your temper, you'll develop harmonious relationships and boost your happiness. It's a win-win for everyone.
Question # 4: What Makes Me Special?
Ask yourself this question to get a big boost in self-esteem and appreciate your own unique qualities.
This question is especially helpful to people who don't value themselves highly or those who may feel that they're not good enough.
But even if you think you already have high self-esteem, asking this question could lead you to discover more awesome things about yourself!
List down a list of your exceptional accomplishments, talents, knowledge, experiences, or traits. Then bask in your own glory.
When I asked this question to myself, my answers include…
– Passed the board exams where the national passing percentage was 17.45%
– Doubled sales for Fortune 500 consultant Kevin Hogan when I rewrote his sales letter for Covert Hypnosis
– Became a bestselling author
– Became a certified NLP practitioner
– Proud parent of a boy who garnered first honors
– Can deadlift 290 lbs.
– Possess a lean and healthy body
– Have a network of people who love me (and whom I love very much)
– Believe I can achieve anything with God's help and my mind
I'm sure you could think of many things that make you special. Even personality traits such as your determination, love, patience, or courage can be added to your list.
Go through your list as often as you can, and you'll feel that you're one of a kind. There's no other person on earth like you.
Question # 5: What Would ________________ Do? (Fill the blank with the name of the person you're emulating.)
This is an effective way to handle situations or make decisions from the perspective of someone who is adept in that area.
If you're thinking of exacting revenge on someone who did you wrong, ask yourself, "What would Jesus (or Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Pope Francis, etc.) do?" This will help turn your hatred to forgiveness.
If you want to lose weight but can't control your cravings, ask yourself, "What would Jillian Michaels (or your favorite fitness hero) do?" This will motivate you to eat only healthy foods at the right amount.
If you're stuck in making an investment decision, ask yourself, "What would Warren Buffet (or your favorite financial guru) do?" This will help you decide the best possible option.
Choose someone whose philosophies, principles, and way of thinking are familiar to you. If you regularly immerse yourself in their books, audios, videos, seminars, etc. your mindset will be in tune with theirs.
Change your life now by asking these 5 questions to yourself. And get ready to live your best life yet.