You Ask Terrible Questions

I think there is a problem with the way most people look at life and use their minds. Most people, as they ponder a thing, an idea, a principle, a statement; they tend to do so by asking themselves questions. (You may even be asking yourself at this moment “Is that true?”) Without trying to be too metaphysical, the fact is our minds are incredibly complex and powerful machines. That in itself is a wonderful thing! However, regardless of the quality of question we ask our mind, it WILL give us an answer. Then a problem arises in that most people have a tendency to ask themselves terrible questions. It’s the GIGO effect; Garbage In, Garbage Out.

So when you ask yourself, “Why am I so unhappy?” your mind will give you a laundry list of reasons why you should be unhappy. On top of that, they don’t even have to be valid reasons, but we tend to believe them anyway!

Try instead to recognize the pattern for what it is, and ask a better question. A better question to ponder might be “What do I have to be thankful for?”
Instead of asking, “Why do I never succeed?” ask, “How can I succeed?”

Instead of, “Why am I so bad at ___?”
Ask, “How can I be better at ___?”

Instead of, “Why can’t I find time to work out?” ask, “How can I find time to workout?”

Recently we had a heartbreaking experience with a student that kept asking, “Why am I going to fail my black belt test?” Instead of, “How can I prepare for my black belt test?” Ultimately, that student quit right before testing despite being, in the estimation of all the instructors, well prepared to earn black belt.

So if you’re looking to succeed at anything, you need to make a habit of asking yourself productive questions. It’s not always easy, but it is worthwhile.

Next month I will share a question that I ask myself that has absolutely affected every part of my life.

Your world is a
Living expression of how you are
using, and have used, your mind.

~Earl Nightingale

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