If you haven’t already been exposed to the work of Tony Robbins, I suggest you pick up one of his books. His methods may not be for everyone, but the points he is making are pretty powerful. In his book “Notes from a Friend,” Tony presents an exercise he calls the “Ten Day Mental Challenge.” I think it is awesome!
The idea is that at the end of the challenge, you will have trained yourself to let go of the negativity that has a tendency to show up in your life. Now, it is important that you understand that this does not mean that it no longer shows up, but rather when it does show up, you have developed the habits necessary to be able to give new meaning to those negative thoughts/feelings. Let’s call them nags.
The exercise is simple. For a ten-day period, you get to train yourself to let go of all the crud that shows up in your life. When a nag shows up, focus on a solution, rather than the problem itself. If you find yourself dwelling on the problem for more than 5 minutes, you get to start the challenge over the following morning.
Don’t beat yourself up when you have to start over. It happens and it probably happens to all of us multiple times. The good news is that by following this process, we are retraining ourselves to better handle these situations. Practice will get you there, even if it means taking 4 months to finish the challenge. 🙂
Tony suggests using what he calls “Power Questions” to keep you focused. The “Morning and Evening Power Questions” keep you focused on the positive things showing up in your life; while the “Problem Solving Questions” help you focus on solutions. I’ll talk more about the latter in another post.
In the meanwhile work on using the morning and evening questions. Thanks Tony for sharing these with us!
Morning Power Questions:
- What am I happy about in my life right now? What about that makes me happy? How does that make me feel?
- What am I excited about in my life right now? What about that makes me excited? How does that make me feel?
- What am I proud of in my life right now? What about that makes me proud? How does that make me feel?
- What am I grateful for in my life right now? What about that makes me grateful? How does that make me feel?
- What am I enjoying most in my life right now? What about that do I enjoy? How does that make me feel?
- What am I committed to in my life right now? What about that makes me committed? How does that make me feel?
- Who do I love? Who loves me? What about that makes me loving? How does that make me feel?
Evening Power Questions:
- What have I given today? In what ways have I been a giver today?
- What did I learn today?
- How has today added to the quality of my life? How can I use today as an investment in my future?
Happy positive thinking to you! ~Angie
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes