In my recent post, I talked about the importance of finding and following your One Burning Question. Following your One Burning Question creates passion. It creates interest. It changes your life.
Why do you need One Burning Question in your life?
Quality questions create a quality life. – Anthony Robbins
Finding your One Burning Question is about finding the highest quality question possible – the one that ignites your life.
I realized after I hit publish on How To Stop Being Boring, I hadn’t given you any clear ways to find your One Burning Question. I’m sorry for that. That’s like telling someone to go somewhere new without giving them a map.
Stop worrying about whether you know your life purpose or not. Stop waiting for the perfect moment to start living your passionate life. Commit to this process. With every Burning Question you find, you come one step closer to your purpose.
Get something to write with – a journal, a text editor, whatever moves you.
Create a space. Make sure that you can have twenty minutes to an hour of quiet and uninterrupted time to write and think.
Close your eyes and empty your mind. Spend five to ten minutes just focusing on your breath and becoming present. You can’t focus on this task unless you are ready to.
You have everything you need in this moment. Your question is inside you, waiting to be expressed.
It is time to uncover it.
Finding Your One Burning Question*
Start writing questions that you find interesting. Be as curious as possible.
Ask questions that you want to know the answer to. Ask questions that when answered, will serve others.
Perhaps you have a hint of what your purpose or question is. Start with those subjects that you are passionate about.
Open yourself to any question that comes to mind, and write it down. There are no wrong questions.
Do not stop writing, even if the only question you can come up with is, “Why am I doing this?”
As your list grows, pay attention to how you respond internally to each question.
For each question that resonates slightly, dig deeper. Ask a more precise question. Get clear on what elements you are responding too.
If you bottom out digging into a question, continue to ask questions in other areas. Combine elements that affect you.
Take care of yourself in this process; it can be emotionally intense, frustrating, uplifting and depressing all at once. Stand up, give yourself a few minutes to breathe, and go back if you need some perspective.
Stop only when you feel that you have found your One Burning Question, or you are unable to continue. Do not stop because of frustration or discomfort. Those are signs of resistance coming up because you are close.
If you are having trouble finding a question that truly sets your passion on fire and fills you with motivation, it is ok. Follow the questions that feel warm.
These are the bread crumbs leading you toward your One Burning Question. Keep asking. You deserve to know.
*: This process is heavily influenced by Steve Pavlina’s, How to Find Your Life Purpose in About 20 Minutes. I highly recommend that if you are looking for another perspective.
Knowing your One Burning Question
You will know it when you ask it. Your One Burning Question will ignite and excite you. Hearing it once will light the fuse on your passions.
Listen to your body. Every part of your body can give you immediate feedback. Your heart expands or contracts; your gut rises or sinks; your back tenses or releases. Be aware.
Listen to your heart. Does your question open your heart? If it doesn’t, it is not your question.
Let these physiological, emotional and spiritual responses are guide you to your truth. They are your natural wisdom.
As I was reminded in a recent guest post on Gaping Void by Brian Solis:
“Life isn’t about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw
Seeking the answer to your One Burning Question is one way to create yourself.
If you have any questions or feedback about this process, please share them in the comments. I am here to serve you in your journey.
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