Look closely at the title of this article. You’ll notice a question. Before we get into what drives you, let us examine the question. Thoughts…Where do they come from? Think this through and give yourself plenty of time. I firmly believe I have the answer, and that is thoughts come from the questions we ask. Take this article for example these thoughts that I’m writing on paper come from the title of this article which in turn is a question. Most of us don’t even realize the power of questions, and the impact they have on our thoughts and actions.
Robert Stuberg the instigator of Success Systems International asked me just that question, and I honestly couldn’t tell him the answer. I hadn’t even contemplated where our thoughts came from. I believe I answered they come from the mind. To some degree that is correct, but something has to stimulate the mind to come up with our thoughts.

Think about it…All of the great inventors, innovators, and problem solvers started off with a question. How can we make an incandescent light bulb to stay lit long periods of time? How can I make automobiles quicker? Is there a way we can send someone into outer space? These questions created thoughts, and then the thoughts were turned into a wonderful invention or a new way of doing our everyday chores.

With questioning comes the ability to change your own life as well as make life a better place to live and work. With the understanding that the questions we have in life are where our thoughts come from, we can now dig in deeper to our own personal thoughts. We remember that “Our Thoughts Control Our Life” and that knowledge helps us look to how we ask our own questions. We can now move towards changing our life by discovering the power of question thinking.

What questions drive your thinking? Are the questions you ask yourself judgmental or open learning? In other words:

Why can’t I ever win? Where is my bonus money? Why are they always so dumb and irritating? Why bother? Whose fault is it? These are examples of judgmental questions.

What are my choices? What do I want? Am I making assumptions, or do I have all of the facts? These are examples of learning questions.

All in all we have two distinct choices; we can choose our path through learning questions or we can just react through our judgmental questions. We need to question everything, so that as much of the information can be gathered as possible. Add to this that questions are tools to transform our thoughts, actions, and results through skillful question asking; questions we ask ourselves as well as others.

Here is an example from my life. I want to have, achieve, and receive more money.

I would ask judgmental questions. These types of questions were: Why can’t I ever win money? Why can’t I make more money? Why can’t I get a bonus? Why does he have the ability to get extra money?

Do you think I was going to receive anything from these types of questions? No. I was assuming that I could not win. I assumed I couldn’t make more money. I knew bonuses weren’t possible (I work in Education.) I was coveting someone else’s money. Can you see how negative these questions are? Plus with this kind of negativity there is no choice for me to ever gain more money. I have no choices, and I don’t have any responsibility for myself to make a difference in my life.

Now that I’m more mature, and have learned about the “Law of Attraction” I ask myself better questions. The LOA states that our vibrations or feelings attract what we put our energy into. Our questions will provide just that type of energy.

My learner questions include:

I want to make more money. What can I service can I provide to earn more money? What are my choices? How can I save on my energy bills to be able to have more usable cash? Which publishers should I send my manuscripts to get published?

The first group has negativity and anger with a mix of blame. The first group also contains no responsibility from me. But look at those questions and you will find the judgmental questions begging for more of the same. The second group contains a positive feel as well as some responsibility on my part. These allow me to make my own choices and provide for opportunities.

What thoughts drive you? What questions drive your thoughts? Are these questions learner or judgmental? Only you can answer these questions. To become really productive and positive change your questions to learner and fact finding questions. We need responsible people to ask learner questions in order to make a difference in our world, our community, and our personal life. Stop the judgments find the thoughts that will drive you to making a difference.

Author's Bio: 

Carrie Fleharty by day is a mild mannered school librarian, but at night she's become a successful author. She is now a practicing Personal Life Coach. She enjoys helping people become successful in any endeavor that they feel is important to them. She enjoys and embraces change and sees it as a way to improve herself. She intends to keep improving her life, and keeps challenging herself to become a better person. She thoroughly enjoys expressing herself through the written word. And has written two books "Changes and Shifts: a Personal Journey" and "A Poet's Mind and Soul."

After all "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." A Return to Love: Reflections on a Course in Miracles by Marianne Williamson. Sometimes all it takes is a helping hand. I will be that helping hand in either personal, spiritual, health and wellness or being a mentor.