There was a book I wrote as part of the Guru’s Apprentice series called The Good Stuff Nobody’s Telling You. You can still get it as a bonus offered as part of Tom Byrde’s Definitive Money Engine program. Tom is our moderator here at White Dove Books. In the book, I revealed 10 tactics I had discovered and was using as part of my internet marketing mix. As with all lists that I produce, I like to add an extra bonus on the end, so in this book I wanted to add an 11th tip.
The 11th tip I added was the essence of this post i.e. that the answers you are seeking are all within yourself. What I did in the book was reveal 10 answers that had all come to me via this route and then the 11th tip was to reveal how I go about getting those answers. What I have discovered over the years is that if you can ask yourself a very specific question, your brain will often surprise you by delivering an answer.
Answers don’t come immediately. Often, they take days to arrive, sometimes even weeks, but I can be sure to get answers by using the technique. It was something I wrote about here and here when we were discussing how to make a breakthrough in obtaining results and I also blogged about the actual results I obtained here.
So here’s what I recommend you do when you need an answer:
- Formulate your question
- Get yourself into the right frame of mind
- Ask yourself the question directly
- Mentally, completely let the subject go
- Wait for your answer
These are the most important aspects to this technique. Firstly, in formulating your question, you need to be very specific. As a rule, I have discovered that the more specific your question is, the better quality the answer will be, so bear this in mind when constructing your question.
Secondly, getting into the right frame of mind always helps. I describe this as a quiet and meditative mental state. You don’t actually have to meditate as such, although you could. You could equally well use binaural beats or you could just go and sit, or walk, somewhere quiet and inspiring, for example, by the sea.
Thirdly, when I ask myself the question, I do it very slowly and deliberately. I don’t generally ask the question out loud. Again, you could: they can’t lock you up for talking to yourself and, as Zig Ziglar once said, they won’t do so even for talking back. But if you find yourself having an argument, then perhaps you might need to seek a bit of help 😉
After you have asked yourself the question, you have to let it go, consciously. This is what separates this technique from brainstorming. With brainstorming, you are consciously working on getting the most answers you possibly can onto a piece of paper – looking for quantity and not quality. With this technique however, you are indeed looking for quality and that’s why it takes time.
So, you need to let go of the question consciously and allow your subconscious mind to work on the problem. You will find that answers will just occur to you and they often drop into the conscious mind when you are least expecting them.
When you have your answer, you need to take action, of course, otherwise nothing changes. In the course of moving forward toward your goal, you might well meet another problem to which you have no answer. Well, guess what? That would be time to go through the process again. The more you do this, the better you will get and the more you will buy-in to the idea.
So remember: the answer you are looking for is within!