Examples – Questions

Questions could be used to prompt oneself to deeper thinking or to remind oneself about the past experiences or core values that one has. Obviously, deeper thinking is easier during the periods of prosperity (i.e. a full stomach makes it easier to think positive), while in the times of hardship, it’s more appropriate to use questions as reminders (e.g. to feel happy again just ask yourself questions that will remind you of the things you are happy about).

Questions causes mind to start looking for answers. The first answers that will pop up are those which we use the most (i.e. habitual responses). If you persist in looking for additional answers (i.e. digging deeper) your will start getting other responses, which are stored in the deeper layers of your mind and heart (i.e. thoughts and emotions stored deeper in one’s conscious and subconscious minds). In both cases, answers you will get are dependent on your self-talk.

If you are an optimistic person (i.e. your self-talk is positive) the answers you will get will tend to be positive, encouraging and expansive (e.g. your thoughts and feelings would include others’ happiness as your own). Otherwise, if you are a pessimistic person (i.e. your self-talk is predominantly negative) the answers you will get will tend to be negative, discouraging and limiting.

So, if you find yourself getting negative answers all the time, it’s better not to use questions as your main method for changing your self-talk. In such a case it’s better to input some positive answers first by using affirmations, quotations and worship.

Questions for deeper thinking:

Do I exist only for myself?
Who am I in Christ?
What am I committed to?
What is my anchoring point?
What makes my heart tick?
What motivates me?
What is my reference point?
When am I healthy?
What have I learnt today?
Who have I helped today?
When am I strong?
What is the next action?

Reminder questions:

Whom do I love and who loves me?
Who am I in Christ?
What am I proud of?
What is my reference point?
When am I happy?
What am I happy about?
What am I excited about?
What have I learnt today?
Who have I helped today?

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