It may seem like a long time ago now but, towards the end of 2017, I started to implement these series of questions called Morning and Evening power questions into my morning and evening routine. I learnt them from “Awaken the Giant Within” by Tony Robbins. A book that’s had a massive impact on my life.
In this book, Tony Robbins talks about the questions we ask ourselves on a subconscious basis, how they dictate our lives and are mostly negative. Morning and evening power questions is one way to start reprogramming your subconscious mind.
Let’s quickly focus on the morning power questions. There are seven questions in total including…
What am I happy about in my life right now…?
What am I excited about in my life right now…?
What am I grateful for in my life right now…?
What am I enjoying in my life right now…?
What am I committed to in my life right now…?
Who do I love and who loves me…?
Now, every morning I add my own 3 questions to help me visualise and identify my action steps for each day. They include…
How will I achieve my desired states today…?
How will my life be different in 12 months’ time…?
What are my 3 main action steps for today…?
This is the thing about morning (and evening) power questions, you can create your own. You can create your own by identifying your own limiting beliefs or challenges.
I struggled with visualising, so I added the question “How will my life be different in 12 months’ time…?” to help me create a mental picture of HOW my life will be different in 12 months’ time. Remember if you can’t picture yourself doing something (or achieving something) then it’s very hard to make that a reality!
Now, evening power questions are a little different. However, as Tony refers in his book you can also ask the same 7 questions in the evening.
The evening power questions are as follows:
How have I been a giver today…?
What did I learn today and how can I implement this into my life…?
How has today added to the quality of my life or how can I use today as an investment in my future…?
Again, I’ve added a couple of my own questions including…
How have I achieved my desired states for today…?
Have I accomplished my 3 main action steps today and if not what can I do tomorrow to make sure I accomplish them…?
The reason I love both sets of questions is that they help me to focus on the positive, keep me on track and moving forward in the right direction.
Take the gratitude question for example. We all have people, things and experiences that we can be grateful for but sometimes we don’t realise this, get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and take people (and things) for granted.
Since implementing both sets of questions into my life, I have expressed more gratitude for sure and now it is in my awareness that anyone or anything can be taken away from me in a split moment.
This is the effect the morning and evening power questions can have.
The happy morning power question is another example of this. By asking this question you are actively thinking of happy, good, positive things in your life instead of negative things that in the big screen of things just don’t matter. But, because we attach meaning to these events and experiences we make them matter.
Tony talks about attaching meaning to people, events, experiences and things in life, in his book. This is another thing that we do, without even knowing. In fact, you’d be surprised at the amount of small, subtle things we do without knowing it. And, these small things over time has a huge effect on our lives.
I believe by implementing morning (and evening) power question you can start to notice some of these things. Implementing both sets of questions is JUST a start. Continuing with them over a long period of time – like anything – is where you’ll see the long-term benefits.
Plus, as mentioned before when you add your own this is where further change will take place because you’re creating questions around your challenges helping you to overcome these challenges and move forward.
I haven’t really given the evening power questions the time of day… yet… but wow, these are as important as the morning power questions because it *SHOULD* be the last thing (or one of the last things) you do before settling down for the night.
Going to bed in a relaxed state with positive thoughts and a sense of achievement knowing you’ve given your all, is one of the best feelings if I don’t say so myself. And, the evening power questions allow you to identify your activity throughout the day.
Let’s say you haven’t done what you said you were going to do. Don’t worry, it’s not all doom and gloom, because as per the ending of one of the questions “if not what can I do tomorrow to make sure I accomplish them…?”
This ending is powerful because you’re actively in a state of growth and thinking about what YOU can do to make sure you accomplish your outcomes. You are taking responsibility for your actions and not putting the blame onto anyone else.
I hope you can see the power behind the questions, and why, in fact, they are called POWER QUESTIONS!
There are a number of ways you can record your answers. I mean, you could just answer them in your head but I think the best thing to do is to make a journal or track them so in 5 years’ time or perhaps longer you can look back and see how far you have come.
I actually record them on the voice memo app on my phone. But, when I first started I did use to write them down and actually created a template sheet.
Find what works for you. Like with anything in life there is more than one way of doing something and you need to find what way works best for you.
I highly recommend you reading the “Awaken the Giant Within” book because then you will get a further understanding of both sets of questions – you can click here to grab your copy on Amazon.
“Awaken the Giant Within” has had much of an impact on my life I actually share the findings of the book with our community at Grow2Gether.
Remember, you always have a choice, you can take this blog post and choose to do something with it or continue to do what you’ve always done…