Here’s how it works: I listen to the nerdy audiobook and give you the Cliff Notes. (SparkNotes, for you young folks.)
I was on my way home from Costco, listening to Daniel H. Pink’s To Sell Is Human, and pretty soon I was saying out loud, “Ooh, ooh, ooh! I have to get home and write to my people about that!”
Mr. Pink was saying that we all talk to ourselves. (Knew that.) There is positive self-talk and negative self-talk. But then he said there’s another category of self-talk.
And I’m all, “What? Another category?”
He said there’s also interrogative self-talk. I responded to that with glee. People don’t say glee anymore, but that’s how I feel when I get some new, thrilling piece of information that is going to change my life and I’m very sure it will change yours, too.
Mr. Pink tells us that those who ask themselves questions before setting out to influence others are the most successful.
I like the word “successful.”
King David used interrogative self-talk in the Psalms, asking where his help would come from and why his soul was downcast and why God was mindful of him. Can we follow his example and develop a habit of good interrogative self-talk? (I say good interrogation, because not all questions are good. If we don’t ask ourselves good questions, then it’s unlikely we’ll get good answers.)
I looked up Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) and crafted five practice questions we can ask ourselves, with five corresponding Monday-bolstering answers.
Five Great Questions to Ask Yourself on Monday
What should I freak out about this weak?
So do not fear…
Who is with me this week?
I am with you…for I am your God.
Where will my strength come from?
I will strengthen you…
Who is going to help me if this week gets hard?
I will help you.
Who will hold me up if I feel like I just can’t keep going?
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Can you feel how different this interrogative thinking is compared to negative self-talk, which would say, “I’m never going to make it through this week” or positive self-talk, which would shake pom-poms and say, “I’m strong! I’ve got this!”
When we ask ourselves good questions and then look for good answers from the external source of God’s Word, he builds and encourages and speaks truth to us.
So what question do you need to ask today?
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