In this short Thursdays Thought I'm covering the idea of limiting versus empowering questions.
One of my programs the emphasis is around supporting people to put into practice external well-being habits that are going to support them to have lasting change. Whether that's reducing stress or start healthy eating, whatever it may be. Alongside that I couple it with what's going on internally;
What are their beliefs?
And how is that impacting making these lasting changes?
One thing that regularly comes up is about the way we talk about ourselves, that internal monologue inside. When you're trying to make changes, are you asking empowering questions or are you asking limiting questions?
Most of the time people aren't aware of this. What is the difference?
So a limiting question using the example of someone that might be trying to start a healthier way of eating, is when we say to ourselves 'Why do I always eat junk food?' comparing that to 'How can I make healthy choices?' There's a very big difference in the energy around those two questions that were asking ourselves.
Why do I always eat junk food?
It feels quite low, it feels like you're not really going to be coming up with positive answers to that question.
Whereas, how can I make healthy choices?
You're actually going to come up with some solutions there, it's more uplifting, it really feels quite different and has an impact on the actions that we take forwards.
Just take a moment to notice whether your questions are empowering or whether you're asking limiting questions.What difference does this make to the success of whatever habits you're trying to put into place? Just begin to notice that dialogue, feel the energy within you and you'll know whether it's a helpful thought or not.
This can also be put into practice with questions with other people, but today I just wanted to focus specifically on what's happening internally for us.
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