The “Magic Wand” Question

Sometimes, when we try to make goals for ourselves, it can be challenging to envision our world without our problems. The Magic Wand Question (also known as The Miracle Question) has its basis in Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) and is now often used as a goal-setting technique.

There are different versions of the Magic Wand Question, but it essentially asks:

“Suppose tonight, while you slept, all your problems were solved. When you awake tomorrow, what would be some of the things you would notice that would tell you life had suddenly gotten better?”

Some follow-up questions can include:

  • How will you know that all your problems were solved?
    • Think about what you would see, feel, think, or do
  • What will others notice that makes them aware things are different or better?

No matter how silly it may sound, thinking about how your life would be different if a “magic wand” solved all your problems gives us a clearer picture of what our future goals may be. Sometimes when sad, it feels like things will never get better or solutions are impossible. The Magic Wand question allows us to explore a new future we may not have imagined before. 

Have you ever tried the “Magic Wand” Question? How might you use it in your daily life?

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