Ask Yourself a Question


Our minds love questions.

More specifically, our minds love answering questions. Questions invite curiosity and exploration.

Using a question instead of a declarative statement appears to spark intrinsic motivation. Consider a 2010 study in which participants were asked to write “Will I” or “I will” 20 times, ostensibly to evaluate their handwriting. Participants who were primed by writing “Will I” were more likely to subsequently report an intention to exercise during the upcoming week.

So if you’re intrigued by the “Maui habit” described in the previous post, you might want to tweak it a bit.

After you wake up, put your feet on the floor, and say “It’s going to be a great day” out loud, consider also saying “Why is it going to be a great day?” or “In what ways is it going to be a great day?”

Then just let your brain search for evidence of that positivity all day long.

By Cynthia Knapp Dlugosz

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