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Transform Your Life through the Power of Empowering Questions

Updated: Dec 21, 2023


Empowering oneself for positive aspects of life: An illustration.

The questions we ask ourselves can play a pivotal role in shaping our lives. They can either limit us or propel us to new heights. Successful individuals have mastered the art of asking empowering questions, leading them to better results and improved life circumstances. Let's delve into the power of these transformative questions and how you can integrate them into your life.


The Impact of Our Questions


What we question ourselves holds a significant role in various aspects of life, including how to solve the problems we currently face. When we ask, we will receive answers to our questions. If we ask terrible questions, we get terrible answers; our brain is ready to serve, and whatever we ask, an answer surely comes up.


Asking the right questions can change our focus and emotional state. Unfortunately, many people are stuck in a pattern of asking limiting questions. For instance, if you're faced with a challenging situation and you ask yourself, 'Why is this happening to me?' or 'Why can't I succeed?' your brain might generate discouraging answers like 'Because you're stupid.'


Successful individuals ask superior questions like, 'How can I change my circumstances to achieve my dream life?' These questions direct their focus towards solutions rather than problems, leading to better outcomes. Answers may not come up immediately, but successful people persistently ask themselves burning questions until they eventually find the answers.


Questions Immediately change What We're Focusing On and How We Feel


If you keep asking questions like 'Why does everything suck?' or 'How come I'm always stressed out?' you'll look for reasons that support the idea that everything is indeed terrible or that you're constantly stressed. As a consequence, you will remain in a negative state. Instead, asking 'How can I change my current circumstances and feel happy about myself?' directs your focus toward finding a solution. Even if your brain responds with 'there's nothing I can do,' successful individuals persistently ask the same question to seek a solution. Eventually, you will discover the answers you need to improve your situation.



The Power of Questioning Over Affirmation


Affirmations and questions are two tools used in personal development, but they have distinct differences. Affirmations, such as repeating 'I am confident' might help boost your confidence if you generate enough emotional intensity. However, in reality, you can repeat affirmations all day long and not change how you feel. What will genuinely change how you feel is asking questions such as 'What am I confident about now?' If you don't get a response, ask 'What could I be confident about if I wanted to be?' If you keep asking questions like this, you will receive references that make you begin to focus on reasons that do exist for you to feel confident.





Asking Empowering Questions in Difficult Times


Even in challenging times, asking empowering questions can help shift your focus and mindset. Instead of dwelling on the negative aspects of the situation, ask yourself, 'What can I learn from this?' or 'How can I use this to grow?'


Perhaps you come across an awkward moment, and you ask disempowering questions like, 'How could he say this to me!' or 'Why is he attacking me?' These types of questions only create a loop that makes it harder to escape from that hardship and keeps you feeling angry or frustrated. Why should you stay in a negative state? Even if you've decided to move on and enjoy your life, if you keep asking disempowering questions, you won't move forward.


The fastest way to change your focus and mindset is by asking empowering questions like, 'What things could I respect or appreciate about him?' The initial response might be 'Hell no! nothing!' In that case, ask a follow-up question like 'What could I respect or appreciate about him if I wanted to?' or 'What can I learn from this situation, and how can I use it?' Answers might come up, such as 'he is at least listening to me' or 'I can learn from this as an example of who I should not be.' These kinds of answers can break the pattern of negativity.



The Question Changes What is Available to Us


Even in situations where other people might give up and discourage you, always ask empowering questions to seek a way to turn things around. Tony Robbins, a best-selling author and life coach, faced a challenging situation when his company fell into $758,000 of debt. All of his advisers gave him one option: bankruptcy. However, he refused to accept that option and resisted asking disempowering questions. Instead, he asked himself, 'How can I turn this situation around?' He went even further with his questions, asking, 'How can I turn my company around, take the business to the next level, and cause it to have a greater impact than it has ever had?'


Initially, he didn't get an immediate answer, but he kept asking questions like, 'How can I add more value and help more people even while I'm sleeping?' Eventually, he came up with the idea of franchise operations and television infomercials. The result of asking better questions was getting better answers.



Problem-Solving with Empowering Questions


Develop a habit of consistently asking empowering questions when faced with problems. Here are some examples:


  1. What is great about this problem?

  2. What is not perfect yet?

  3. What am I willing to do to make it the way I want it?

  4. What things do I no longer do to make it the way I want?

  5. How can I enjoy the process while I do what is necessary to make it the way I want?



Starting and Ending Your Day with Empowering Questions


We should start the day grateful rather than asking disempowering questions like 'Why would I need to go to work' 'What kind of task do I have to do today?' 'Why do I have to do something I hate today?' Obviously, it can affect how you feel and ruin your day. If you find yourself struggling to be happy, about your day, ask these empowering questions every morning.


Begin your day with gratitude and positivity by asking empowering questions. Here are some examples:


  1. What am I grateful for in my life now?

  2. What am I excited about in my life now?

  3. What am I proud of in my life now?

  4. What am I happy about in my life now?

  5. What am I enjoying in my life right now?

  6. What am I committed to in my life now?

  7. Who do I love and who loves me?


You can answer these questions simply like


  • "I'm grateful for learning new things from reading."

  • "I'm excited and enjoy my first cup of coffee every day."

  • "I'm proud of myself for getting out of bed and taking a cold shower, even if I don't want to."

  • "I'm happy about contributing to the world through my work."

  • "I enjoy meeting new people and hanging out with them when I travel."

  • "I'm committed to what I believe is true, making my dream come true."

  • "I love people who support me, and I love those who are dear to me."

In the evening, reflect on your day with these questions:


  1. What have I given today?

  2. What did I learn today?

  3. How has today added to the quality of my life, and how can I use today as an investment in my future?

By consistently asking these empowering questions, you can foster a positive mindset and create a fulfilling life.


Remember, the questions you ask shape your reality. By asking empowering questions, you can transform your focus, mindset, and ultimately, your life. Start today and witness the change you desire.

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