Tuesday, July 1, 2008

What Questions Are You Asking?

Have you ever had a situation where you asked yourself or someone else a question? Once you got the answer, how did you feel? Were you encouraged or discouraged?

Here's what happens when you ask a question. The mind starts to think of answers to your question. It doesn't matter if you pose the question to yourself or someone else, the brain will go to work to find the answer. So, it is important to ask the right question. How you ask a question will determine if the creative juices will be shut down or activated. For instance, when you ask a question in a negative manner such as "Why can't I do this?" your mind will come up with answers like "because you don't have the right education, or you don't know the right people." But, if you turn the question around to the positive such as "What can I do to make this work?" this positive question will have your mind looking for answers. It will go to work to find the solutions and give you suggestions. For instance, if you are in business, you will start thinking of ways to market and promote. You will think of people to call who can help.

Another example of asking the right question would be "How can I attract more people with money who see the the big picture and want to have financial freedom just like me?" as opposed to "How come everyone I talk to has no money to join me in business?" As mentioned, the mind will find the answer for any question presented.

One final example of a positive question would be “How can I increase the retention and reorder rate of my customers?” Stated this way you will start finding creative ways to keep your customers. This question stated negatively would go something like “Why don't my customers re-order?” And, of course, you will get answers that will have you feeling it is your fault they are not.

Can you feel the difference between these questions? The questions are basically the same, but the question stated positively is empowering and creative whereas the question stated negatively is disempowering and usually accusatory. So take notice of how you ask your questions and start asking empowering questions.

This may seem insignificant, but it is lack of this type of knowledge which sometimes hinders progress in building a home business. The negative, disempowering, accusatory question can discourage and make you want to quit. On the other hand, the positive question will give you the energy to sustain your efforts and, of course, help you find the answer.

This is just an example of the free skills trainings provided by Mentoring For Free. We offer training on all the skills you will need for success in network marketing. We show you step by step how to find and attract the right prospects for your business -- even down to asking the right questions.

Be empowered to prosper!

Irma White
A Mentor with a Servant's Heart

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