The following is an excerpt from July’s Online Salon.
One of the more difficult truths to convey to people is that changing anything about your life – your health, the direction of your life, the quality of opportunities that you generate, how happy you are – is not that difficult. Change is not dependent upon wealth, as so many people are prone to believe. And it is not a matter of having time or space or energy.
It is a matter of how you organize, see, relate to the “reality” of your life. That’s a huge statement that requires a bit of interpretation. I suspect that if I had said that in a lecture, I would be looking at facial expressions communicating, “What?”
I call these Power Questions because they contain the power to change you, to inspire you, to draw you into reflection about what you want in your life and how you see yourself. These questions are not just about what you want. Life is not about taking, having and getting more. We obviously need to survive in life. We need to provide for ourselves and our family. But we also need to tend to the task of becoming a good person. Are we the best person we can be? Again, how you answer that matters. Maybe you feel you are or maybe you will decide there is room for improvement. And if so, how will you (and are you even willing to) do the work? If so, by the end of the day, you will have made a difference in the quality of your life and the lives of all those you encounter for the rest of your life. That’s a big deal.
So, take your time. I took my time creating these questions because they matter. Remember no one needs to see the answers to these questions but you, so be honest with yourself. Some of these questions might pinch a little, but that’s what I want these power questions to do. Otherwise, they are useless. And enjoy the task. Your life could be very different by the end of this Salon.
- What is the one thing you have postponed changing about yourself? Are you prepared to make that change now?
- Are you a good friend who keeps your word all the time?
- Would you offer a good friend much needed (uninvited) advice when you can see he/she is headed for disaster, or remain silent?
- Are you open to receiving uninvited counsel from a good friend if the situation were reversed?
- Is it more important for you to win the power game or to know the truth?
- What is more important to you – wealth or love? (No, you can’t have both so far as this question is concerned.)
- Have you explored your creativity to your satisfaction?
- Do you dismiss your creative ideas based on financial thinking or lack of time?
- Which would you prefer: Losing your creative energy and spark or gaining more free time in your life? (No, you cannot have both so far as this question is concerned.)
- Can you actually name a creative project or dream that you would like to pursue now?
You can read the rest of this article (with 40 more questions) in Caroline’s Online Salon Library. Learn more here »