Powerful Questions

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  1. 1 hawaiibreeze September 15, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    These come from Solution Box
    Defining Goals
    1. If you were to FULLY live your life, what is the first change you would start to make?
    2. What areas of your life could be upgraded / tweaked?
    3. What could we work on now that would make the biggest difference to your life?
    4. How would you feel about doubling that goal?
    5. What are you tolerating / putting up with?
    6. What do you want MORE of in your life? (make a list)
    7. What do you want LESS of in your life? (make a list)
    8. What are 3 things you are doing regularly that don’t serve or support you?
    9. How could you make this goal more specific or measurable?
    10. What would be the biggest impact from achieving your goal(s)?
    11. What would you try now if you knew you could not fail?
    12. How can we make this something you’re aiming towards, rather than something you’re trying to move away from?
    13. What do you love?
    14. What do you hate?
    15. What’s one thing you would love to do before you die?
    16. Is now the right time for you to make a commitment to achieving these goals?
    17. What could we work on right now that would really put a smile on your face?
    18. For your life to be perfect, what would have to change?
    19. What do you really, really want?
    20. What’s one change you could make to your lifestyle that would give you more peace?

    Action Stations

    21. What’s the first/next step?
    22. What research could you do to help you find the first/next step?
    23. Who could you talk to who could illuminate this issue?
    24. Who should you be hanging out with – so that achieving this goal becomes natural? (who’s already doing it?)
    25. How can you get the knowledge/information you need?
    26. What are 3 actions that you could take that would make sense this week?
    27. On a scale of 1-10, how excited do you feel about taking these actions?
    28. What would increase that score?
    29. What would Tony Robbins do in this situation? What would “massive action” look like?
    30. What will happen (what is the cost) of not doing anything about this?

    Gaining New Perspectives

    31. What can you learn from this?
    32. In what way is the current situation absolutely perfect?
    33. How could you turn this around immediately and enjoy the process?
    34. What in this situation can you find to be grateful for?
    35. What are you doing well? What can you do better?
    36. What’s 1 way you could have more fun in your life?
    37. If you were your own coach, what coaching would you give yourself right now?
    38. What is the value of your current attitude?
    39. What’s your favorite way of sabotaging yourself, and your goals?
    40. What should I say to you if I spot you doing this?

    General Diagnostic Questions

    41. What are 3 of your greatest strengths?
    42. What are you most excited about now? What are you looking forward to?
    43. What’s one way to get more energy in your life?
    44. if your relationship was …, what’s one thing that would be different?
    45. What would be your ideal career, if you could do anything?
    46. What’s one thing that you could do to give yourself more peace financially?
    47. What is your life really about?
    48. If you had to guess your life purpose (from looking at your life to date), what would it be?
    49. What would you like to be most acknowledged for so far in your life?
    50. Who in your life should be acknowledged more?

  2. 2 hawaiibreeze September 15, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    If you could be totally free in your creative ventures, what would you do?

  3. 3 hawaiibreeze September 15, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    reflective question set
    what happened / what did I do
    what is important about this
    how did it happen, what are the most importatn elements
    where else does this happen in my life
    what areas am I seeking to shift or prevent recurring
    what would i need to know or believe differently to be able to achieve this
    what would success look like
    how could I bring this into my activity on a daily basis

  4. 4 hawaiibreeze September 15, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    I slowly made my way to the boy’s side and gently asked him, “what is going through your mind right now?”

  5. 5 hawaiibreeze September 15, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    I’m not sure what you mean by that could you explain it again?
    Why do you feel that�s important?
    What makes you want to choose that option?
    How do you see us achieving that without upsetting the other <>?

  6. 6 hawaiibreeze September 15, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/cool/rushkoff/brand.html
    The object of their labors is to create precisely the state of confusion and vulnerability experienced by the young shopper at the shoe wall – and then turn this state to their advantage. It is a science, though not a pretty one.

    we see the confusion and despair that results – not to mention the ever-increasing desperation with which even three-year-olds yearn for the next Pokemon trading card. How did we get in this predicament, and is there a way out?

    The original Internet was a place to share ideas and converse with others. Children actually had to use the keyboard! Now, the World Wide Web encourages them to click numbly through packaged content. Web sites are designed to keep young people from using the keyboard, except to enter in their parents’ credit card information.

    They came to understand, for example, how children had abandoned narrative structures for fear of the way stories were used to coerce them.

    Their compulsion to create a story for themselves – in a world where stories are dangerous – makes them vulnerable to this sort of attack. In marketers terms, Pokemon is “leveraged” media, with “cross-promotion” on “complementary platforms.” This is ad-speak for an assault on multiple fronts.

    The “15-24” demographic, considered by marketers the most difficult to wrangle into submission, have adopted a series of postures they hoped would make them impervious to marketing techniques. They take pride in their ability to recognize when they are being pandered to, and watch TV for the sole purpose of calling out when they are being manipulated. They are armchair media theorists, who take pleasure in deconstructing and defusing the messages of their enemies.
    But now advertisers are making commercials just for them. Soft drink advertisements satirize one another before rewarding the cynical viewer: “image is nothing,” they say. The technique might best be called “wink” advertising, for its ability to engender a young person’s loyalty by pretending to disarm itself. “Get it?” the ad means to ask. If you’re cool, you do.

    For a media-savvy young person to feel good about himself, he needs to feel he “gets” the joke. But what does he do with an ad where there’s obviously something to get that he can’t figure out? He has no choice but to admit that the brand is even cooler than he is. An ad’s ability to confound its audience is the new credential for a brand’s authenticity.

    But however media-savvy kids get, they will always lose this particular game. For they have accepted the language of brands as their cultural currency, and the stakes in their purchasing decisions as something real. For no matter how much control kids get over the media they watch, they are still utterly powerless when it comes to the manufacturing of brands. Even a consumer revolt merely reinforces one’s role as a consumer, not an autonomous or creative being.

    The more they interact with brands, the more they brand themselves.

  7. 7 hawaiibreeze September 15, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    coaches who did research

    – how they chose their coaching research topic
    – what impact their research had on their identity as coaches
    – the 3 most valuable things they learned from the research

  8. 8 hawaiibreeze September 15, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    And … Did anyone else do Genoa’s planet class?
    He has a great concept of mastery. The place of deepest conditioning is actually our potential mastery. Radical idea that I here to attract those with emotional depth and receive promises (defined heart) in exchange for the various SELF offerings I have. My body buzzes – writing this is like a healing session.

  9. 9 hawaiibreeze September 15, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Q: What am I here to do?
    A: I don’t know, but I know how you can figure it out. ~ John Martin

  10. 10 hawaiibreeze September 15, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    ex: “Learn to Wait until you hear your sacral life force respond positively to the next movement of energy, then follow that and SEE what happens.”

  11. 11 hawaiibreeze September 15, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    What If Your Desires Are Holy?

  12. 12 hawaiibreeze September 15, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    who’s here energy level
    spirit journey
    sleep
    I’d like you to think about
    – who you love and who loves you
    – what you need to do before you die

    issue
    how did it come to be this way

  13. 13 hawaiibreeze September 15, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    How did you hear about us?

    *What are some key themes in your personal and professional life?

    *What brings you to the workshop? What are your reasons for taking it, what are your goals?
    Week II Applicants:
    What previous experience do you have in Contemplative Dance or Authentic Movement?

  14. 14 hawaiibreeze September 15, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    “What could this group of people offer to our community that isn’t being offered now?”

    In other words, with a precious opportunity in front
    of you, what is the highest good we could do together?

  15. 15 hawaiibreeze September 15, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Let me ask you three more quick questions:

    Do you remember why you enrolled in my free class?

    What goal(s) did you hope the class would help you achieve?

    Have you made any progress towards achieving your goal(s) in the last few weeks?

    If nothing has changed in your life, I’d like to take this opportunity
    to gently nudge you to review the lessons (if you haven’t yet) or to
    take advantage of the offer I made you to join me on my journey (if
    you have reviewed them).

    There’s an old saying that goes something like this:

    “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”

    And I think it was Albert Einstein who once said:

    “The thinking that got you to where you are now [no matter how good it
    is] probably won’t get you where you want to go.”

  16. 16 hawaiibreeze September 15, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Hi, Dick,
    >
    >Great idea about typing up the question. I’ll put them on the FCP database
    >web site Im’ doing if you type them up. I’m putting the January toolkit
    >up, since that’s the part I really wanted to happen. Last week found an
    >NTOU student who wants to help me make it happen. The help was the missing
    >piece.
    >
    >Jane
    >At 05:03 AM 5/1/04, you wrote:
    >>Dear Jane,
    >>
    >>Great! I’m glad you found the Generative Question chapter. You will
    >>enjoy it I’m sure, and I’m seriously thinking about typing up the
    >>questions to share.

  17. 17 hawaiibreeze September 15, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Health questions – generative
    from an AI affiliate site Appreciative Living http://www.appreciativeliving.com/index.html

    Our bodies are undergoing continuous, miraculous change. Regardless of your current state of health, your body is
    doing amazing things to keep you alive every moment. Take a minute to appreciate the gift of each breath. Feel you
    heart beat, appreciate your ability to see, and take a minute to reflect on the continuous work of every organ and cell in
    an average moment.

    Now consider how your life might change if you were to significantly improve your health. For some, this might mean
    improving the conditions of a debilitating disease. For others, it might be finding a whole new sense of energy and vitality
    that they never knew they had. How would a marked shift in health change your life? What would happen if you felt
    strong, agile, and full of energy throughout the day? How would things change if you consistently felt good? What would
    be different about your life? What would ideal health look like for you?

    Now consider the potential opportunity available for change in this dynamic system. There are many choices we make in
    a given day that impact our health. We know that choosing healthy foods and drinking plenty of water is good for our
    bodies. Walking or other doctor-approved exercise benefits us in a variety of documented ways, and tends to make us
    feel better about ourselves in general. Adequate rest and relaxation keep stress at manageable levels, which is so
    important in our busy world. There is further research showing that optimistic thinking increases a variety of physical
    attributes including life expectancy (Kelm, Appreciative Living, pg 104). There are so many areas we can consider when
    we want to make changes in our health.

    Back to top

    Taking all this into consideration, reflect on one or more of the following questions each day:

    1. In every moment our lungs breath, our heart pumps, and our brain thinks. For most of us, our ears listen, our eyes
    see, our stomaches process, our kidneys and liver cleanse, our intestines absorb and remove, our legs walk, our hands
    write, and our hearts feel. We often take all this for granted, and yet each aspect of our bodies is so miraculous. Each
    organ and cell is an intense area of study by itself. What aspects of my body can I notice and appreciate today that I
    often take for granted?

    2. When do I tend to have the most energy, or feel the best during an average day? What is going on at this time? Why
    do I feel particularly good during this time and how can I incorporate more of this into each day?

    3. Think back in the last two years to a period or experience when you really felt good physically. What was going on
    during this peak time and what was I doing, eating, or thinking? What can I learn from this to apply in my life now?

    4. Who do I know that are role models for the health that I desire? Who are the people my age, or in my circumstances,
    that I admire in terms of their health What do they do? What can I learn from them?

    5. What do I believe is possible for me in terms of health? What is the best I believe I can achieve?
    These beliefs are my personal limits. Where did these beliefs come from? Would I be willing to consider shifting them in
    some small or large way? How? What could I shift them to?

    6. Imagine for a moment that your health has miraculously shifted, and is now significantly better in whatever way is
    meaningful to you. Spend a minute imagining and feeling this new state of being, and ask yourself the following questions:

    * In what ways is my health different? How do I feel?
    * How does this new state of health impact an average day for me?
    * What would change in my life if I were to consistently feel good?

    7. What one thing can you do, no matter how small, to begin moving in the direction of the health you desire?

  18. 18 hawaiibreeze September 15, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    http://www.appreciativeliving.com/joystudy/exercises.html
    “It’s All About Joy” Study
    The following exercises were performed by participants for 4 weeks:

    Participants were asked to do the following 2 daily exercises:

    1. Write the date, and list 3 things you are grateful for.
    2. Take 2-3 minutes to reflect on your answer to the following question, and then write it down: “What one thing
    could I do today, no matter how small, that would increase my joy?”

    Once a week participants were asked to do a 15 minute visioning exercise as follows:

    Begin by getting yourself comfortable and to a place of feeling as good as you can. You might want to put on inspiring music, look at pictures that make you feel happy, or play with your pets etc. Or, you can do the daily exercises to move into a good feeling place. Now, write the date at the top of the paper along with this statement: “This is my ideal, joy-filled life.”

    Pretend that a miracle occurred, and your perfect, ideal, joy-filled life manifested right now before your eyes.

    Write down every glorious piece you can imagine about what this ideal life looks like at the highest level. You only have 15 minutes, so you have to keep the vision big. How is your health? Your career? Your relationships?
    Your home? List the ideas as they stream through your mind. Let your deepest hopes and desires come forth and dream big about your perfect, happy life. Pretend it is really happening now, and feel the joy inside as you
    write.

  19. 19 hawaiibreeze September 15, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    intro to health question Health Questions

    The Appreciative Inquiry Simultaneity Principle suggests that change begins the moment we ask a question. Questions direct our attention, which influences the path we take and reality we create. Questions are one of the most powerful tools we have for intentionally creating what we desire in our lives.

    Question Exercise
    The following exercise is one example of how questions can be used to shift some aspect of our lives. In this exercise we focus on improving health. The purpose of this exercise is to use questions to begin shifting our automatic thinking and actions in small ways. We know that small shifts become major changes over time. This exercise can be done in a week’s
    time by answering one new question each day, or over a month by staying with each question for a few days before going on to the next one.

    Improving Your Health

    The first wealth is health. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

    There are several sayings to the effect that, “if you have your health, you have everything.” In this exercise we take time to appreciate our bodies for the miracle that they are, and the ways in which they serve us. We focus on what is going well, and what we have to be grateful for. Then we look at how we can begin to expand our health in ways that will help us achieve more of what we want in our lives.

    We each begin this journey in different places. Some of us feel vibrant and physically fit, and some feel weak with debilitating illness. Regardless of your situation, consider taking a few moments each day to reflect on the following health thought, and to answer one of the questions.

    Health Thought:

    In his book Happiness is a Choice, author and consultant Barry Kaufman writes on page 91 that: ???

  20. 20 hawaiibreeze September 15, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    What are the possibilities of Open Space in our lives, organizations and communities? What capacities and tools do we need, to move to the next level with this work? Let’s gather and learn from one another.

    Jeff Aitken, Kaliya Hamlin, Lisa Heft and Heidi Nobantu Saul invite you to several days in and about Open Space — where the newly trained and the longtime practitioners will share our excitement, encouragement, trials and errors — and explore how we use this remarkable organizational and community-building process, on its own or with other tools and methods:


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