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Positive Questions

Posted by Rob Longenecker on November 7th, 2007

In a recent workshop we discussed people’s frustration with using affirmations to cause change or improvement in their lives. In most people’s experience the positive impact of affirmations was pretty weak and inconsistent.

Affirmations such as, “It’s always easy for me to get what I want” sometimes result in the little voice in the back of your head saying, “Yeah, right?”

The suggestion now is to ask yourself positive questions instead. I’ve tried it and am making it part of my daily routine.

Ask yourself, “Why is it so easy for me to get what I want?” You may not hear an answer but your subconscious will look within for the answer, and you’ll end up re-wiring your brain.

“Why do I love my life?”

“Why do I take such good care of my health?”

“Why do I so enjoy what I do for a living?”

My experience with postive questions has been very good. 

Sure beats the heck out of, “Why am I so screwed up?”

Ask that question and your subconscious will answer that one, too.

3 Responses to “Positive Questions”

  1. Bruce Gibson Says:

    I would agree with all of this 100%.

    A former World Champion bull rider named Gary Leffew taught me, (and thousands of others) the importance of mental conditioning and preparation. One of my favorite Leffew quotes is, “Your subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between a real experience and one that is vividly imagined.” In other words, if you mentally visualize performance outcomes–good or bad–then your subconscious will literally be programmed to perform that outcome.

    In other words, if you “hope you don’t say something stupid,” then you likely will. Conversely, positive expectation and preparation (vivid mental preparation) greatly increases the chance of a positive performance. In other words, you’ll perform to the level of your expectation.

    Leffew changed not only his overall outlook, but also reversed his riding performance from mostly poor/unsuccessful to consistent enough to win the World in 1970. He credits the book “Psycho-Cybernetics” by the late Dr. Maxwell Maltz with helping get him on the right track.

    It’s a great book, and I recommend it to anyone if you can find it.

  2. Rob Longenecker Says:

    Bruce,
    I read “Psycho-Cybernetics” in 1966 and it was a great influence on my life.
    Rob

  3. Jim Benat Says:

    Phyco-Cybernetics was is great self help book written by Dr. Maxwell Maltz. Practice something in your mind and physically performing the task in your mind and actions without actually doing it will bring on positive results when performing the action. That’s why dry firing at home brings on such improved results at the gun range.
    Back in the sixties there were many “positive thinking” type books that said, if you have happy thoughts you will be happy. Ya think?
    I think the book by Robert J. Ringer called “Looking Out For #1” was much more practical. The book is not as cynical as the title sounds. It simply means that, if you look out for yourself, you can better provide for the ones you love. And, it identifies some of the many types of personallities you deal with in life.
    IMHO, both of the above books are worth reading.

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