So the story goes like this, during the Second World War the Americans were looking to build a weapon of mass destruction.
A bomb was commissioned and dozens of people including some of the brightest minds and scientists toiled, without a break, to design such a weapon. They needed to find a way to release the energy from a single atom. Being able to release such energy would result, if replicated, in the scariest weapon known to mankind. The task seemed easy enough but the solution evaded some of the greatest minds of the time. Then someone asked a different question. How don’t you split the atom?
This simple opposite direction question activated minds in a totally different way and because of this and the process of elimination, the answer was found and the atomic bomb was introduced to the world. All it had taken was someone toask a different question.
Questions rather than answers are what give us the quality of life that we live. The questions we ask others and ourselves causes the brain to search for replies that suits the question. The brain is an incredibly powerful tool. A tool totally at your disposal and it springs into action when you ask a question. Even Kipling once said “I kept six honest hard-working men and they served me well. Their names were –who, what, why, where, when and how”.
We ask ourselves questions every day, don’t we? You are doing it right now, aren’t you? You are probably asking yourself, do I do this and does it apply to me? Should I read further? How is this going to help me?
You have already probably answered a question to start reading this piece. When you saw it in your in-box you thought, “Should I read this?”, “Do I have the time?” “Will it be funny?” Well two out of three isn’t bad.
People are always looking for answers but do we realise that the answers we seek most often lie in the questions we ask. By asking a question we activate the brain to find solutions, answers or resolutions. Now the important part and this is vital – the quality of the questions will be directly proportionate to the quality of the answers you get back. If you ask yourself dis-empowering or negative questions the brain will obey and will find answers, based on the question. It will take into account your tone, intention and feelings and answer you based on the question and what you are looking for, not necessarily what is factual. It searches the database, the excuse files, the denial files, the victim mentality files, and then may even start to rationalise and realise. Don’t you just love the last two, rational — lies, and I love it when people want to tell me real — lies.
So when you ask yourself, “why am I so fat?” Your brain might get back to you with, “it’s because I am big boned”, or “it’s hereditary”, or “it’s just the way I am”, or “I can’t help it”, or “diets don’t work for me”, or “I am what I am”, or 1000 other excuses. Asking questions like this will do more harm than good and cannot help you. But by asking instead, “How can I eat healthier from now on?” Or “what physical activity can I do to feel better about myself”, or “what can I cut out of my diet from now on for me to be healthier?” or “what can I do or need to do to make myself healthier and lighter?” By rephrasing the questions and changing the focus, all sorts of magic begins to happen.
The brain is your servant, eager and willing to help you succeed and be happy. It is in the brain’s interest to help you stay healthy and to enjoy life because the brain goes along for the ride and it would like to live a long and happy life.
So what questions are you asking for 2012?
Isn’t it funny how this works you have just asked (read) the above-mentioned questions and your brain has discoveredMy Action Diary for 2012 or as it is better known The MAD book for 2012.
For years I have been asking these questions unable to articulate, plan and record my entire year in a single book. So I asked myself, “If there is no action diary that suits my needs where can I find one?” The answer was, design one yourself and maybe, just maybe, there might be others who would need an all in one action diary, self-assessment tool, values finder and reminder, purpose planner, personal life changing project and tasks planner, project planner, meetings recorder, record keeper, important date vault, a daily eating plan, daily measurement keeper and appointment diary.
Some cool questions I am asking myself for 2012 – you may want to tweak them and try coming up with a few of your own
…. and then in closing some funny questions to ponder
Have a great day !