Monday, June 28, 2010

The Right Questions

I just finished reading Debbie Ford's "The Right Questions." I saw the book in the library and dug the theory that asking better questions can bring about a more fulfilling, meaningful life. So, what are the right questions? All have to do with choice and what we willingly accept in our lives. Read on.

1. Will this choice propel me toward an inspiring future or will it keep me stuck in the past?

2. Will this choice bring me long-term fulfillment or will it bring me short-term gratification?

3. Am I standing in my power or am I trying to please another?

4. Am I looking for what's right or am I looking for what's wrong?

5. Will this choice add to my life force or will it rob me of my energy?

6. Will I use this situation as a catalyst to grow and evolve or will I use it to beat myself up?

7. Does this choice empower me or does it disempower me?

8. Is this an act of self-love or is it an act of self-sabotage?

9. Is this an act of faith or is it an act of fear?

10. Am I choosing from my divinity or am I choosing from my humanity?

There were several important points I took away from Ford's book. Here were the ones that rang out for me. I offer them as an example of the interesting nuggets her book offers:

  • My only job is to tend to my inner flame and keep it vital and roaring at all costs.
  • Are the choices I'm making throughout my day ones that will add fuel to my inner fire?
  • Am I following a vision map of all my deepest and most profound dreams OR am I following a default map which smacks of automatic programming?
  • What are my real first commitments? These are the beliefs or commitments I have made to myself unconsciously which may prevent conscious goals and dreams from taking flight. Another way to frame this is: what underlying commitments drive us to repeat the same self-sabotaging behaviors over and over again?
The book is a terrific exercise in learning more about yourself. Heartily recommend!

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