#186 100 Questions

An Exercise to Create a Meaningful Life

In our last +1 we met our Angel’s Advocate via Michael Gelb’s great book How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci.

Here’s another life-changing idea from that book.

It’s called the 100 Questions Exercise. It goes like this:

Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed for 45-60 minutes.

Bring your journal and a pen.

And start writing down questions.

We want 100 of them.

Your questions can be about whatever comes to mind.

Why is the sky blue? What’s my purpose? Whatever.

Just write them down. Again, we want 100 of them.

If you’re like me, the first dozen or two will come pretty easily. And then you’ll need to dig a little deeper. Don’t stop until you get to 100.

That’s Part 1.

Part 2?

Look at that list of questions and notice the themes that emerge. Maybe you had a bunch of questions about your health or relationships or purpose. Notice whatever categories and themes bubble up.

That’s Part 2.

Part 3?

Now we’re ready for show time. Look at those 100 questions and pull out the 10 questions you find most powerful and meaningful.

(Note: It’s not supposed to be easy. That’s the point. No pressure no diamonds!!)

Once you’ve got those 10 questions, RANK ORDER them from the most powerful question down.

I did this exercise on Saturday, June 8th, 2001 and my life is basically a reflection of those precise questions.

Powerful stuff.

What questions are guiding YOUR life?!

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