Are you stuck or struggling in an area? One thing I’ve learned over the years is the value of asking yourself the right questions.

Too often we focus on finding the right answers. But we overlook an important step: great answers come from great questions.

Instead, demand answers from your brain. That’s part of its job. If it’s a little rusty, don’t give up hope. Keep at it. Pick one or two from the list below (or another just like these) that fits the problem or challenge you need to solve. Then, obsess over it. Write it down on your Mattercards every day and make it your default thought when you don’t have anything to think about.

The answer will come. It may take longer than you want, but have faith…it will come. And when it does, all the extra work to get there will be well worth it.

  1. So what if (your circumstance)?
  2. It would be great if I ____.
  3. What would I do if I knew what to do?
  4. What if I answered this question like my life depended on it?
  5. If I were counseling a friend with the same problem, what advice would I give him/her?
  6. What’s the worst that could happen?
  7. What would I do if it wasn’t currently impossible?
  8. What is the current belief system I am living in and what do I want it to be?
  9. How would this decision impact my life a year from now?
  10. What is the value I need to offer the world in order to achieve my goal?
  11. What would I believe if I could believe anything about myself?
  12. Where do I want to be one year from today?
  13. What does my future self advise me to do?
  14. What would I say if I did know the answer?
  15. What would happen right now if I chose an answer to this question?
  16. How is this issue for me instead of against me?
  17. What don’t I know yet? What do I need to learn?
  18. What am I making this mean?
  19. When this problem is solved, what is different?
  20. What decision am I putting off and how can I decide?
  21. What are 10 awesome ideas I could implement in the next 30 days?
  22. What if I believe the opposite of what is hurting me?
  23. What is holding me back from making an ironclad decision?