The Power Of Questions – Asking With Intent

theory of relativity

I’ve been studying a lot of Tony Robbins lately and really like his piece on the power of questions.

He argues that the quality of a person’s life is directly tied to the quality of their questions.

In his argument he stated that what led Einstein to discovering the theory of relativity was a series of awesome questions.

It went something like this:

1. What if I could travel as fast as light toward the clock on the wall? What would it look like? Would I see the arms on the clock actually moving?

2. What if I could travel faster than light toward the clock on the wall? Then what would it look like? – He concluded that he would actually see the clocks arms moving in reverse.

3. Finally, would the clock only appear to be moving backwards or would time actually be moving in reverse? – As you can see in the picture above, he determined that time actually does reverse when matter is accelerated past the speed of light.

Now I’ve never prided myself on being scientific… and haven’t ever really looked into understanding the theory of relativity.. but I love this story.

Sure, Einstein, had some serious knowledge on physics but the questions he asked were quite simple.

The Power Of Questions – What kind of questions are you asking yourself?

I’ve been guilty of asking myself dis-empowering questions like “how could this happen” or “why did that person do that” but neither of those types of questions help me in any way.

The best types of questions are the ones that lead us to progress.

The mind is so amazing, whatever we ask it, it finds an answer… If we ask it, “why can’t I get this?” it will feed us all the evidence it can find… “because you’re slow”, “because you’ve never been good at this”. “because you can’t keep up”…


The Power Of Questions – Introducing A New Pattern

Now that you’ve read this, I encourage you to do what I did when I learned it and start monitoring the type of questions that you’re asking yourself.

When something goes wrong, I do my best to ask, “how can I use this” or “What can I learn from it”… The funny thing is, I’ve actually used this to get some great answers.

Even when things aren’t going wrong, still ask the question. “how can I get more of XYZ?”, “How can I achieve this?” “what if I could do…”

I thought this was interesting and hope you did too!

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12 thoughts on “The Power Of Questions – Asking With Intent

  1. feelinggoodtoday

    So true!! So utterly true … why can’t I get a date? Because you’re stupid and fat. Why can’t I make any money? Because you’re worthless. These questions AREN’T HELPING!

    Although I’ve learned this relatively late in life, asking different questions are incredibly beneficial. My first one is, “What do I really want?” This is usually a great question because now that the ugly thing has happened and can’t be undone, I need to start from Square A and go forward.

    Then I’m ready for those empowering questions that you pointed out for us in your post. Thanks a lot. :)

  2. christopherm01

    Very powerful, I am a a big fan. Hanging in the entrance to my cube is a quote from Einstein that says “Imagination is more important than knowledge!”. Being of an engineering discipline I question everything, sometimes a little too much ;-).

  3. Hannah

    This is a great post Andrew. I often find myself asking questions that only bring about negative and unhelpful answers and then I stop to think about what I CAN actually do about it. I constantly have to remind myself that I’m the only person I have control over and that my thoughts and actions are all on me. Making changes in your life isn’t easy but if you can ask yourself the right questions (like you said) then you can figure out what you want and WHY you want it, which makes those changes more attainable.

    I look forward to reading more!

  4. Rita Poynor

    Perhaps if we viewed failures as learning experiences rather than an indictment against our intelligence, perseverance, courage, etc., we’d be willing to ask the difficult questions.

  5. justme0486

    Every night before I fall asleep I ask myself “What did I learn today?” “How does this info change anything in my life or how I see it?” And “What do I still need to know?” I don’t even really worries about if I can come up with answers at the time, for me it’s about trying to get me mind to remember what it knows and search for what I need to know like a computer. The answer come in time in all kinds of ways.

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