Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Motivation: The Power of Asking


Very shortly, in this paragraph, I'm going to share with you how to get just about anything you want. I usually try to keep things very simple and useable.

However, this is a very complex and sophisticated psychological principle, so I want you to be well prepared for what I'm about to say.

Take a deep breath. Are you ready?

OK. Here's the basic principle for how to get just about anything you want in life -

ASK!

"Oh man, c'mon! It can't be that easy, can it?"

Oh yes it can!

You just have to know how to ask.

Here's a suggestion. Go get the book, "The Aladdin Factor", by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, the authors of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series. It's a great little how to book, all about the power and strength of asking.

To be able to access the power and strength of asking, we need to be able to do at least two things;

1) Eliminate any barriers to asking, and

2) Learn how to ask.

Barriers to Asking

Knowledge of asking - The Eagles once sang, "So many times it happens, that we live our lives in chains, and we never even know we have the key." The first barrier to eliminate is simply ignorance about asking. This is one of those times where knowledge is power.

Permission to ask - Too many times we have this belief that it shows weakness to ask questions or to ask for something we want. For some reason, men seem to be genetically programmed to not be able to ask for help. Especially if it has to do with asking for directions. Here's a quick joke - "Why does it take a million sperm cells to fertilize one egg? Because the stubborn little guys won't stop and ask for directions!"

How to Ask

Ask for what you want, not for what you don't want - Now that sounds awfully obvious, but stop and think about it for a minute. If you are asking your spouse to stop yelling at you, your focus (and their's) is still on yelling. Asking to be spoken to in a more respectful, caring manner is not only asking for what you want, it's offering a few suggestions as well.

Ask clearly - In order to ask clearly, you have to first be clear on what you want. One way to do this is to get a clear picture in your mind of what you want. A fun and easy way to do this is to create a movie in your imagination of exactly what it is you want. Add as much detail as you can. Asking clearly allows you to.......

Ask specifically - If what you want is more money, it's fairly easy to get a clear picture of more money. But how much? I can hand you a dollar bill and you've got more money than before. I don't believe that's what you meant by more money, however.

Ask the right person - In a recent seminar on the BRAAVO Approach, a woman asked me an excellent question - "If I know what I want, but don't know what actions to take, what do I do?"

Great question.

The good news is you don't have to re-invent the wheel. Find someone who is doing or has done what you want to do, and then ask them a few questions, such as -

How do I get from where I am to where you are?What are three things I must do?What I three things must I avoid?

So here are some questions for your consideration -

If you could ask for anything you wanted, what would it be? Think in terms of relationships, career, financial, etc.What's stops you from asking for what you want?Who do you know that asks well? What could you learn from them?What have you not asked for in the past that you now regret?How might your life be different if you had asked?

Here's one more suggestion, and then I'll wrap this up. Knowing what you now know, what would you like to ask for in your life? Take a moment to reflect and get specific about what you might want. Now, ask for something even bigger and greater than that.

Visit SecretsofGreatRelationships.com for tips and tools for creating and growing a great relationship. You can also subscribe to our f*r*e*e 10 day e-program on how to enrich your relationship today, from relationship coach and expert Jeff Herring.


MORE RESOURCES:

FOXSports.com

Redskins not running short on motivation
Washington Post
“I continue to get to do what I love to do, whether we're winning or not,” Morris said Friday. “It's a blessing to be here, and most don't get a chance. So that alone helps motivate you even in this situation. It's still fun. When you're losing, it ...
NFL Preview - Dallas (11-4) at Washington (4-11) (ET)The State

all 346 news articles »


Yahoo Sports (blog)

NFL against the spread picks: Figuring out Week 17 motivation
Yahoo Sports (blog)
Through Week 16, you can usually count on NFL teams being fairly motivated. That can change in Week 17. Which teams are resting starters because their playoff spots and seeds are set? Who is fighting for their playoff lives, or at least a division ...

and more »


New York Times

Gabriele Oettingen Turns Her Mind to Motivation in 'Rethinking Positive Thinking'
New York Times
In her smart, lucid book, “Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation,” Dr. Oettingen critically re-examines positive thinking and give readers a more nuanced — and useful — understanding of motivation based on solid empirical ...



PsychCentral.com (blog)

Tips for Finding Motivation When You're Depressed
PsychCentral.com (blog)
Telling a depressed person to get motivated is like telling a rock to dance. You'll get the same result. It's not because depressed people don't want to get motivated. It's because getting motivated is an overwhelming task when you're depressed. Is ...



UGA enters 50th bowl in school history with exceeding motivation
Online Athens
Georgia sure knows how to get to bowl games and the Bulldogs were doing a good job of winning them under coach Mark Richt before that trendline changed in recent seasons. As the program gets ready to play in its 50th bowl game all-time, Georgia wants ...

and more »


The secret to motivation? It lies within
The Globe and Mail (subscription)
Yet, according to motivation expert Susan Fowler, in thousands of experiments, the only correlation between incentives and performance is negative. External rewards undermine the energy, vitality and sense of positive well-being people need to achieve ...



West Virginia MetroNews

Command performance: Mountaineers find their motivation to bury Wofford
West Virginia MetroNews
Finding plenty of motivation to avoid a trap game, No. 18 West Virginia staggered its mid-major guests with an early flurry and extended the domination wire-to-wire in a 77-44 victory Monday night before 7,897 at the Coliseum. “We wanted to come out ...

and more »


Health and Fitness - Need Motivation? Right This Way!
Camp KC
“I wish I could work out, too, but I just don't have the motivation!” Give me a dollar for every time I've heard that and I'd be in Cabo San Lucas with an umbrella drink right now. Let's identify a few of your motivations to get you on the right path ...



Dave Boling: Fisher's Rams will show up with tricks and motivation
TheNewsTribune.com
RENTON — To those who think the St. Louis Rams will show up in Seattle without motivation because of their 6-9 record, here's a question: Have you been watching Rams coach Jeff Fisher? “It's not about rocking their world and affecting their playoffs ...

and more »


Holiday Hope: Mentorship fosters motivation for academic success
Gainesville Times
At the beginning, 10th-grader Josue Ferrel and Jim Sapp didn't want to talk much. “At first I didn't know him, so I was kind of shy,” said Josue, who has been Sapp's mentee since the seventh grade. “I didn't really know him, so it was different. I didn ...


Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.