The Power of Questions

Tuesday, Nov 27

The snow I’ve been waiting for came in the night, blanketing the draw like a heavenly benediction, trimming the trees in flawless lace. I think it’s still coming down, in tiny flakes, but it’s still too dark to see.

I guess because we’re getting close to the end of another year, I’m starting to think about the shape of 2008. Usually, I set goals–last year, very simple ones. Get to the doctor and the dentist more regularly, for example. And I met that goal.

I’ve used affirmations quite successfully in my life, but the truth is, and you and I both know this already–they don’t always work. You can say, “I wear a size ten”, for instance, until you’re blue in the face. And your deeper mind will say, “Yeah, right.” Lately, I’ve been focusing more on questions than statements. “How can I wear a size ten?” There’s a lot of power in that; instead of coming up with reasons why you DON’T wear a ten, so forget about it, the mind starts looking around for answers. The mental ways and means committee meets. NLP people call this faculty of the human brain the ‘reticular activation system’–meaning that the brain notices things related to the question you’ve put to it. You SEE things because you’re looking for them.

You’ve had the experience. When you’re pregnant, practically everybody else seems to be pregnant, too. Buy a red Chevrolet in a specific model, and every time you turn around, you see one just like yours. The cars and the pregnant women were always there, but because you’re interested, your brain brings them into clear focus.

I’ve thought and journaled about my big question for 2008, and here it is.

How can I make every book a profound gift to my readers?

What’s YOUR question?

About Linda

The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is a #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West.

Raised in Northport, Washington, Linda pursued her wanderlust, living in London and Arizona and traveling the world before returning to the state of her birth to settle down on a horse property outside Spokane.

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