Asking Better Questions

Asking Better QuestionsSomething of great power which I remember from my time reading the material of Tony Robbins is his suggestion that we ask better questions of ourselves.

Robbins states the belief that our brain does its best to answer any question, so if we ask a question like ‘Why do I always mess things up?’ then our brain will do its best to search for and find an answer appropriate to that particular question – even if it needs to make something up!, and may come back with something like ‘Because you’re an idiot, dummy’.

Having remembered this lesson just recently my proactive focus is now to ask myself empowering questions in a situation, such as ‘How can this work for me?’, ‘What opportunities may there be for me in this scenario?’, ‘What good can I see in this?’ and the most recent addition from our focus on Emotional Intelligence, ‘How can my emotions assist my thoughts?’.

“Remember, ask and you shall receive. If you ask a terrible question, you’ll get a terrible answer. Your mental computer is ever ready to serve you, and whatever question you give it, it will surely come up with an answer.” – Tony Robbins

If I have a look back now at his book, ‘Awaken The Giant Within’, I find the following, taken from pages 181 & 182, on this very subject…

“Most of us, when we see someone of extraordinary capability or someone who seems to have a superhuman capacity to deal with life’s challenges, think things like, ‘They are so lucky! They’re so talented! They must have been born that way.’ But in reality, the human brain has the capacity to produce answers faster than the “smartest” computer on earth, even considering today’s microtechnology with computers that calculate in nanoseconds (billionths of a second). It would take two buildings the size of the World Trade Centre to house the storage capacity of your brain! Yet this three pound lump of gray matter can give you more firepower instantly for coming up with solutions to challenges and creating powerful emotional sensations than anything in man’s vast arsenal of technology.

“Just like a computer boasting tremendous capacity, without an understanding of how to retreive and utilize all that’s been stored, the brain’s capacity means nothing. I’m sure you’ve known someone (maybe even yourself) who has purchased a new computer system and never used it simply because he or she didn’t figure out how. If you want access to the files of valuable information in a computer, you must understand how to retrieve the data by asking for it with the proper commands. Likewise, what enables you to get anything you want from your own personal databanks is the commanding power of asking questions.”

Continuing reading from this excerpt of Awaken The Giant Within is definitely well worth a recommendation, and, I can vouch, full of more insights to further embed and explore this guide to asking better questions.

The link below will take you to Tony’s website which I’m sure will also have details of how you can get hold of this book and other products.

James Blacker

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