One of the first practices that Robert Maurer, the author of The Kaizen Way, writes about is the practice of asking small questions. The notion is two-fold. Our brain likes questions - that is why mindmaps work so brilliantly and why we like puzzles and games so much. The brain likes to wrestle with what it doesn't know. Like our muscles actually like movement. The other good reason to use small questions is that it helps us on our path to success (whatever that might mean for you) by flying under the radar of the mid-brain so that sleeping mammal doesn't wake up grumpy and frightened and put a stop to what we're endeavoring to change.
Here are some questions that I'm asking myself in regards to my writing:
- How could I incorporate a few more minutes of writing into my daily routine?
- What might I do in order to keep the fun in writing?
- If I knew that my time on earth was limited, which writing project would I work on?
- With each of my works in progress what small questions can I ask my protagonist in order to find out what next? (oh, oh, small question about small questions!!!!)
- Who could I ask for help with my writing?
Some other questions that this book poses to get us in the small question mode:
- If I were guaranteed not to fail, what would I be doing differently?
- What is one small step I could take toward reaching my goal?
- Is there a person whose voice and input I haven't heard in a long time? What small question could I ask this person?
- Is there one small thing that is special about my writing? (slightly adapted :) ) If you continue to ask yourself this, you will train your mind to look for what's good and right, and that will assist your writing. It is easy to focus on what doesn't work...
a photo from the Vancouver trip - seems like a dream