CHALLENGE: Make a habit of asking yourself one question before going to sleep.
Why: We generally have our biggest breakthroughs and ideas when we are not actively thinking on solutions to our problems.
Its when your brain is at rest, or when you lose yourself in something else (for me – listening / playing music) that allows our subconscious to make connections we normally wouldn’t. (Think about the last time you were in the shower or our for a walk, and suddenly a breakthrough to a problem just pops in your head – an ah ha moment.)
By asking yourself a question right before going to bed, you allow your brain to go to work on it while you sleep.
A Couple of Suggestions:
Ask the question using ‘you’ instead of ‘ I ‘. As in, ‘how can you solve this problem?’ rather than ‘how can I solve this problem?’. This helps you to not consciously start thinking of answers, rather, think of it as if you are throwing the question out there, which lets your subconscious ponder on it.
Stick to 1 – 2 questions per time, and continue to ask them until you find an answer.
Focus on how questions rather than why.
Don’t try to force your ah-ha. Just let the question wash over you, and check in with it in the morning. If something doesn’t pop in your head, don’t worry about it, keep asking until it does.
Keep a notebook and pen near your bed, just in case you have any late night epiphanies!
“Questions wake people up. They prompt new ideas. They show people new places, new ways of doing things.”
~ Michael Marquardt ~
Show & Tell: What Question(s) are you asking? Have you had any Ah-ha moments yet? Let us know in the comments below or on the CHALLENGE of the WEEK! Ah Ha Moments post on facebook. A Renaissance Life is no life at all without community! Let us help you reach excellence.
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Reasoning: The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing (man that’s a mouthful) is a great read! I highly recommend it for any entrepreneur, marketer, andor online business connoisseur, and anyone looking to start learning about marketing or up-ing their game. My marketing / social clout for RenaissanceManLife and boldsheep really needs some improvements (aka it suuucks), and the 22 laws have helped tremendously on my journey to getting stronger in those areas.
Here’s a few of my favorite take away quotes:
“I’d rather be strong somewhere, than weak everywhere.”
“Good things come to those who sacrifice.”
“Marketing is a battle of ideas.”
In my opinion a (non-fiction) book is useless without actually implementing, experimenting , and taking action towards applying what you’ve learned. Here’s a list of possible Action Steps / Questions we can use from the 22 laws:
How am I first? How can my business / product be first?
What word(s) can I use to represent my business / brand? (Remember: Simplicity is king)
What are the handful of key things I should focus on? “I’d rather be strong somewhere, than weak everywhere.”
Forget about being better than my competition, How can I be different?
Focus on long-term benefits rather than short-term solutions.
Less is More. “Standing for everything means standing for nothing.”
How can I get my business / brand /products down to the essence? What can I give up to make my business more solid?
“Honesty is the best policy.” How can I show honesty to my customers and employees?
What can I do to be BOLD?
Put yourself in your customer’s shoes. How does your business / brand look?
What are some trends in my market that I can focus on? “A trend is a tide – almost invisible, but powerful over the long-term.
What do you think of my #tinyReview verdict? Have you given The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing a read? If so let me know what your tinyReview is. (one emoji, & optional reason why) Please keep it civil.
And finally, give some thought to an Action Step (or steps) you can take to pursue your dreams. – Ask yourself, “What’s one small thing I can do today that will lead me towards achieving my dreams?”
You must understand, making dreams reality will not be easy-pickings, but when you know – truly know – what you want and why you want it, things will just start to click. Your daily actions will start to align with your dreams, and through knowledge of yourself you will gain a passion, determination and drive that will push you through any obstacle you may (will) face.