Living Now • July 30 2012
Acknowledge What You Create and Generate
by Simone Milasas
Every time something in your life or your business works well or you feel something has been successful, it’s important to acknowledge it. How do you do that? There are two ways.
Be grateful. The first way is to be grateful! Be grateful for everything that shows up, be grateful for every dollar you and your business earn, be grateful for everything that has been successful.
Ask questions. The second way is to ask open-ended questions. Don’t conclude by saying things like “Wow! That worked well.” Instead, ask:
- How does it get any better than this?
- What else is possible?
Questions like these invite more success. Statements like, “That was great!” don’t invite new possibilities. Do you see the energetic difference between saying, “Wow, that was great,” and asking, “How does it get any better than this?” Which one invites more possibility? Which one tends to stop the energy from going forward?
In other words, how do you get more of a good thing? Ask questions! And don’t just ask questions when things are showing up the way you would like them to. Ask questions no matter what happens. Why is that? You’re asking the universe to contribute something even greater to you!
A friend of mine went to Paris to do business and she decided she would like to stay in a beautiful five-star hotel her last night in the city. She went to the hotel and asked for a room, and the man at the desk said he was sorry but they were full.
She could have left feeling disappointed, but because she chose to ask a question at this point, things went further. She stood at the desk and asked, “How does it get any better than this?”
The man behind the desk said, “I'm sorry.”
Again my friend asked, “Well, how does it get any better than this?”
The man said, “Just a moment, please. I am going to speak to the manager.”
The manager came out and asked her what she would like, and she said that this was her last night in Paris and she was looking for a room. He said, “I’m sorry, but we’re full.”
Again she asked, “How does it get any better than this?”
He looked at her and then he looked at the computer and he said, “Well … the only room we have available tonight is the penthouse suite.” He paused for a moment, and then he said, “We can give you it to you at the standard room rate for one night only.”
With a big smile, my friend asked, “How does it get any better than this?” She got the room — plus they sent a bottle of champagne to her suite! (How does it get any better than this?)
You can use this question in any situation. In New Zealand, the sales manager of a business that sold washing machines learned about this tool and taught it to his staff. He suggested that they ask, “How does it get any better than this?” every time they sold something — and every time they didn't sell anything. The sales staff did this — and within six months, the business had doubled its sales.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re selling a service or a product — ask a question after each sale you make (and each sale you don’t make) and watch what happens. Asking questions allows so much more to show up. You can also try these questions:
If you're willing for it to happen, unexpected things can show up from seemingly random places.
You have to acknowledge every single possibility that shows up that matches the targets you're creating for your business, projects, products or whatever it is. No one else is going to do it for you. Don’t sit around waiting for someone to come and tell you how great you are or what a brilliant job you’ve done. Acknowledge what you create and generate. Acknowledge that you are facilitating that. Every time you have a “success,” ask, “How does it get any better than this?” or “What else is possible?” And every time you don’t achieve the result you desire, ask: “How does it get any better than this?” or “What else is possible?”
If you can do that for yourself, everything will expand for you and everyone around you. It’s simple and easy.
The universe is abundant. It wants to gift to you.
You tap into the abundance of the universe when you ask a question.
Simone Milasas is the author of Joy of Business, and the worldwide coordinator of Access Consciousness. Visit www.accessjoyofbusiness.com.