As part of a 90 Day Personal Growth Challenge set forth by one of AdvoCare's Diamond Distributors, I have been reading this book:
It is short, easy to read, and yet I find myself having one lightbulb moment after another. Last night, as I was completing the book distinction number one caught my attention: "Millionaires ask themselves empowering questions. Middle-class people ask themselves disempowering questions." For example, a millionaire would ask, "How can I make $1 million a year doing what I love?" The middle class, however, would ask, "How can I get my boss to give me a raise?" Smith explains that empowering questions ask what you can do and disempowering questions ask what you can't do (page 102).
I paused and began thinking of the questions that tend to float across my own mind. So many of the questions I ask are disempowering. No wonder there is a flood of negative conversations happening in my brain on any given day! I have been asking the wrong questions!
For some of you, this may be second nature, and I congratulate you on that one. For me? This was a lightbulb moment like none other. I am a big proponent of self improvement and of continually learning and growing about one's self, others, and how to improve one's life. While I have gained a great deal of knowledge and even begun applying these things, I realized it is the negative self talk that has been keeping me a step or two behind where I want to be.
What did I do? I began rewording common questions I ask myself. I went through my list, and changed them from disempowering to empowering questions. Friends, I have a ways to go still, but my outlook on these things is changing. I do not feel burdened and overwhelmed, but excited and ready. What a difference perspective makes! I challenge you, today, to begin asking yourselves questions that are empowering. No more wailing and gnashing of teeth, it's time we step forward with strength and determination to achieve those things God has instilled within us. Dream big, write it down, ask the right questions, and go for it.
If any of you are interested, here is the suggested book list we were given:
Start off your journey by taking the test in the Strength Based Leadership book. After you take the test you can start your first book!
1. The top 10 distinctions between the millionaires and the middle class by Keith Cameron Smith
2. Rich dad poor dad by Robert Kiyosaki
3. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell
4. Everyone communicates few connect by John Maxwell
5. The travelers gift by Andy Andrews
6. The greatest salesman in the world by Og Mandino
7. The 17 indisputable Laws of Teamwork by John Maxwell
8. The butterfly effect by Andy Andrews