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When you have nothing important or interesting to say, don't let anyone persuade you to say it.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Positive questions

When your mind hears a question, it has no choice but to accept the premise of that question, and to think of an answer. Otherwise the question would be impossible to understand.

When you hear a particular question often enough, you’ll naturally seek to answer it. Even if you don’t realize that you’re doing it, your mind will set about to find an answer.

The questions to which you’re regularly exposed have a powerful influence on the direction of your life. And many of the questions you hear most often come directly from you.

What questions are you asking yourself? Are they negative questions, such as wondering why you can’t ever get anything done, or are they more positive such as asking yourself what’s the best thing that happened to you today?

For the next few days, when you catch yourself asking yourself a question, think about what kind of influence that question will have on your life. Pay conscious attention to what you’re asking yourself, and make an effort to make the questions positive and life-affirming.

The questions you ask yourself will continue to influence your life long after you’ve forgotten what they were. Do you understand why it’s such a good idea to make those questions as positive as you can?

— Ralph Marston

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