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If by some magic a miracle occurs tonight as you sleep, and when you wake up you no longer feel the need to be obsessively vacuuming, what, can you imagine now, will your day be like?
Okay, so they still put this in negative terms, but they have nonetheless given you valuable information about what they have been experiencing. This gives you another marker against which to measure future progress — them waking up feeling more positive and calm.
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And when we do choose to use any particular technique we should be able to adapt it to fit the character and circumstances of individual clients. If people are grieving the passing of a loved one or are living with cancer, asking them about a miracle might elicit responses like:.
The miracle question might not be such a great tactic in such circumstances. Instead you could ask simply:. However, if someone is depressed and miserable because of the way they are living, then you can throw caution to the winds. They might tell you:.
When you awake tomorrow morning, what will you see yourself doing, thinking, or believing about yourself that will tell you a miracle has happened in your life?
While the Miracle Question does not explicitly ask about happiness, it can be reasonable to assume that the question elucidates that which people believe impedes their happiness. Furthermore, the answer to The Miracle Question paints a vision of the future in which the respondent is happy or at least on the road to happiness. To understand the problems people often identify as obstacles to happiness and then the visions of their happy lives, I conducted a survey using a variation of The Miracle Question.
A supervisor from years ago used it with her clients and with me. In my survey, this Miracle Question variation appeared amongst many other open-ended questions pertaining to happiness or the lack thereof.
Results of the overall survey will be discussed over the upcoming months. The survey was conducted over the internet and advertised over various social media including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Furthermore, people were invited to participate via email and links posted to my website. Seventy-six individuals completed the Miracle Question variation. Eighty percent of respondents were women. Obstacles to Happiness What did you enter into the first part of that sentence?
The One Thing Gary Keller. Well, the first thing is to remember that we need to take ownership over our experience of the world. Knowing what you want allows you to develop a clear action plan. If you want to see it all at once you can or you can just see one area at a time. Burn After Writing Sharon Jones. Any of these are questions that connect us to a sense of purpose.
What do people identify as the major obstacle to their happiness? Such issues included formal diagnoses such as PTSD, depression, agoraphobia, and anxiety. One could argue that time relates to organization behaviors as lack of time often reflects poor time management or difficulties making time for important activities. Break your day down into half-hour increments and write down your typical daily routine.