Several years ago, I asked myself, “What can I do today to start my career as a professional writer?”
Before that day, I kept pushing away the idea for many reasons.
That day, I assigned myself the task to write something and publish it. What I did was insignificant, but powerful, a paradox. It brought me to today.
Of course, there’s a lot to work on, but I’m on my way and happy with the results so far.
Here’s the thing:
The reasons I gave myself not to pursue a career as a writer kept me stuck.
I used questions because I was reading an article about this technique by Dain Heer. I tweaked the example he gave, and the keyword was “today.” No tomorrow, no someday, but “today.”
Asking the right questions is powerful. They impulse us to act. Apparently, insignificant actions at first. However, don’t be fooled by this thinking. These baby steps move us in the direction to enhance our productivity and achieve our goals.
Here are 8 simple but powerful questions by different authors to get you started, so you can create your own:
1. “What would this look like if it were easy.”
This question is a pragmatic way to practice working smarter not harder.
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2. What’s right about this I’m not getting?
3. How can it get any better than this?
4. What else is possible?
You can use these questions instead of complaining.
5. What can I do today to start ________________?
These 3 questions are from Janet’s book The Lotus and the Lily. They help to uncover your values, how you want to live. They work as your guidelines and gatekeepers of your goals.
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6. What is truly important to me?
7. How do I want to live?
8. How am I living when I feel most fully alive?
What If You Aren’t Getting Your Questions Answered
Sometimes the answers will come in the blink of an eye. However, when the answer eludes you check this passage from Janet’s book Writing Down Your Soul.
“Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday, far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way to the answer.”
Don’t get discouraged. If the answer eludes you, change the question maybe you need a previous step before reaching your goals.
Some questions can take you a long time to get the answers because you’re not ready to forgive, or you need to set healthy boundaries.
Be aware, when you neglect personal issues, they derail your productivity and affect your business.
So, go ahead, and give it a try.
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