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10 Questions to Ask Yourself When You Feel Your Home Based Business is Failing (OR you’re just having a bad day)


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For all of you business owners out there, I think we can all agree that even though we work at home, we still have “bad days at the office”. Some days we just get discouraged. Others we wonder what the hell we are doing. And on the really bad days, we question whether we are really doing the right thing and how the heck we will ever turn it around.

There are times when calling it quits is the right decision - just like there are times when it’s the right decision to leave a job and move onto something else. Other times, we just need to overcome some bad emotions or limiting beliefs in order for us to access better resources within ourselves so that we can keep going until the light at the end of the tunnel starts to appear. This post is for those of you who want to get past a rough spot in your business and keep it going when you just can’t seem to get past a certain business hurdle or obstacle.

You may wonder why I bolded “access better resources within ourselves” above. It’s because I believe very strongly in the following two presuppositions about people:

  1. The resources an individual needs in order to effect a change are already within them otherwise known as all you need is already within you
  2. There are no unresourceful people, only unresourceful states of mind

So if we take these two presuppositions and put them into action, we can then discuss how we access unresourceful states of mind. It’s simple - we ask ourselves unresourceful questions.

Allow me to give you some examples of unresourceful questions:

  1. What am I doing wrong?
  2. Why do I keep messing up?
  3. Why can’t I get the results I want to achieve?
  4. What am I missing?

Think about the answers you would give yourself to such questions. You are telling your mind to go looking for answers that will continue to reinforce your doubt, frustration, and uncertainty.

The power to access better resources within ourselves is to be very conscious of the questions we ask in our own internal dialogues. And to be sure that we do everything possible to frame these questions in a way that will give us the best possible answers, allowing us to tap into our best possible resources.

So, without further ado, following are 10 resourceful questions to ask of yourself when your business isn’t going well - but you sure want your business to succeed!!

  1. What would I have to believe about myself in order to know with 100% certainty that this business is the right path for me?
  2. What would I have to believe about myself and my business in order to feel excited about the challenge of overcoming the current obstacle in front of me?
  3. What am I faced with right now that is actually a great opportunity for growth?
  4. What would I have to believe about this opportunity in order to take on this challenge with excitement and gratitude for the chance to make a change?
  5. If I were to tackle this day [week, month!] with my most creative resources available to me, what would I do, think and believe differently than I am doing in this moment?
  6. What would have to happen in order for me to feel as though my business is a success no matter what? What can I do now in order to make that happen?
  7. What resources are available to me that I haven’t tapped into yet to build my business - are there friends, business acquaintences, or books that I know for certain can help me take my business to the next level?
  8. What things do I already know about my business that will make me successful that I haven’t done yet - and what would make me feel excited about implementing a plan of action to do them immediately?
  9. What accomplishments have I already achieved in my business - and what lessons can I take from those past successes that will enable me to repeat them?
  10. If my future self could travel back in time to this moment and give me some advice, what would she/he say that would completely energize and motivate me to succeed?

Remember - the power of a great question lies in a very, very key component - you have to go searching for the great answer within yourself. ;)

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    On December 5th, 2006 at 12:14 am, james rivera said:

    loved your blog on ten questions to ask.
    Are there any books with these type of questions

    please let me know

    On December 5th, 2006 at 10:36 am, eMom said:

    James, I have learned about the power of good questions from my NLP training and from Tony Robbins’ books and seminars. I don’t know if there are any books specifically on these kinds of questions… but perhaps if you google “NLP” “questions” and “presuppositions” you may find what you are looking for :)

    PS - if you do find one, let me know!

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