“The power to question is the basis of all human progress.” Indira Ghandi
This article continues with the theme of how to ask yourself the “Big Questions”. These questions are the most relevant ones that enable you to be empowered and creative as well as attractive to the people and circumstances that you want in any area of your life.
Big questions lead to self motivated action. They focus on the future, pointing the way forward, rather than seeking explanations in the past. It is not necessary to understand exactly how a situation arose to solve it. If you are in the dark, you don’t have to understand the theory of electricity in order to turn on a light switch.
Avoid asking yourself questions about how to solve a problem while you’re in a negative state, as your answers will be full of that negative energy and bring you more of the same. First change your state by moving your body and/or doing a breathing exercise. When you’re feeling good you get good answers, but of course your questions need to be good too.
Big questions are solution-oriented. Intellectual understanding is not enough to solve a problem or achieve a goal. Feeling the answers arise from within you is the key. Asking yourself: “How will I be as a person when I have totally overcome this problem or achieved my goal?”, connects you with the state associated with that accomplishment. While you’re associated into the resourceful state, ask yourself: “What’s the next smallest step I can take that leads me toward my desired goal?”
Asking questions about how you will experience yourself as a person when you’ve accomplished your goals enables you to feel that good state in the here and now. Then asking yourself what action is necessary to sustain that state (while you’re in the state) empowers you to be proactive. This is the HNLP Coaching methodology, and you will find further guidance for it in the Empowered Performance with HNLP CD/MP3.
So ask the question that puts you in a resourceful state and then elicit the action which that state inspires. And continue following your bliss…
Written by Jevon Dangeli – NLP/Hypnotherapy Trainer & Coach
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