hmhmentalgame

In Sri Lanka I was fortunate enough to visit an elephant orphanage. It was mating season so one of the big bull elephants was described as ‘unpredictable’ as he was full of seasonal hormones telling him to reproduce. We walked the herd down to the river, all of them walking freely except for this bull. His mahout lead him by a rope to the river and attached one of his back legs to a chain better suited to lock a bicycle. Don’t get me wrong. They were all well cared for and this precaution was necessary but I was astounded that the sheer power and force in this animal was effectively contained by conditioned mental chains - a mere string really, relative to his potential. Since then, I’ve had that metaphor available to me to question my own self imposed boundaries and limits. Fortunately, I am a human, equipped with a cerebral cortex that can ask ‘why’ and return to memories and rewrite the meaning I made of them. What stories of limitation are you telling yourself? Are they outdated? How powerful have you become? Perhaps the smallest amount of effort is all you need to release yourself from your oldest chains. Set yourself free from yourself first.

The Morning Power Questions by Anthony Robbins

I read about these in “Awaken the Giant Within” by Anthony Robbins and copied them from http://training.tonyrobbins.com/morning-questions-use-the-power-of-questions-to-change-your-life/

I did these every day for several months a few years back and it was profound. It was recommended to me by a client who I’d seen significant positive mental changes in.  I’m restarting this empowering habit and wanted to share with all my tumblr friends.

Quality questions create a quality life. They direct our mental focus and therefore determine how we think and feel.

The difference in the quality of people’s lives often comes down to the difference in the questions they consistently ask themselves. If you ask a disempowering question (i.e. “Why does this always happen to me?”), your mental computer will look for an answer, even if it has to make something up! It might come up with “Because you’re stupid” or “Because you don’t deserve to do well anyway.”

On the flip side, if you ask an empowering question, such as “How can I take this experience and use it to contribute to others?” your brain will look for answers to this question and often come up with an answer that not only makes you feel better, but that can help others as well.

The key is to develop a pattern of questions that empower you. The following questions are designed to help you experience more happiness, excitement, pride, gratitude, joy, commitment and love every day of your life. Come up with two or three answers for each of these questions. If you have difficulty, simply replace “am I” with the words “could I be.” For example, “What could I be happy about in my life right now?”

1. What am I most happy about in my life now? What about that makes me happy? How does that make me feel?

2. What am I most excited about in my life now? What about that makes me excited? How does that make me feel?

3. What am I most proud about in my life now? What about that makes me proud? How does that make me feel?

4. What am I most grateful about in my life now? What about that makes me grateful? How does that make me feel?

5. What am I enjoying most in my life right now? What about that do I enjoy? How does that make me feel?

6. What am I committed to in my life right now? What about that makes me committed? How does that make me feel?

7. Who do I love? Who loves me? What about that makes me loving? How does that make me feel?

If you really want to create a shift in your life, make this a part of your daily ritual. By consistently asking these questions, you’ll find that you access your most empowering emotional states on a regular basis, and you’ll begin to create mental highways to happiness, excitement, pride, gratitude, joy, commitment and love