Life is filled with questions.
- Who will I marry?
- How did we get here?
- What happens when we die?
- What should I eat today?
- What do I want to do with the rest of my life?
- Why am I in a funk?
- Why did this work so well?
You get the idea, right? There are so many questions that need to be answered. GOOD! Questions are good. I remember when I worked with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and interacted with physicians. I wanted them to ask me questions about my products. It meant that they were listening. What I despised was when all they did was nod their head over and over again or gave me some weird look. Not cool.
Questions are not only good when it comes to working, but really in our everyday lives.
My son is currently in the questioning phase. This is great. He wants to know how things work. He wants to know why he should or should not do certain things as well. GREAT! I just have to be patient with him by answering all of his questions.
Asking questions is really an art. Reading books from Tony Robbins (check out book recommendations page) Tony is an expert when it comes to asking the right kinds of questions.
There are so many benefits asking questions. Let me give you a few.
- Questions will help peel back what may be at the root of certain issues.
- Questions will help open one’s mind to more possibilities. This is especially true when it comes to career options, decisions, etc. Reading Dr. Ben Carson’s book on taking risks (again, go to my book recommendations page) he has a list of questions he would ask himself when it came to something that was risky in nature. I’ve used these questions in my life, and they bring a lot of great clarity. Tim Ferriss (sigh…why haven’t you gone to my book recommendations page yet) will often say “If this was easy, what would this look like?” That’s a great question.
- Questions will make others prove their argument. In Greg Koukl book “Tactics” (this is the last time I’m going to ask you to go to my book recommendations page) he has two questions he turns to when interacting with others that I absolutely love: “What do you mean by that? and “How did you come to that conclusion?” Those are excellent questions. They force people to really lay out their argument. In the Bible, we see the greatest teacher EVER, Jesus asking people numerous questions. Read Luke 20:1-8. Then Read Luke 20:22-24. Then read Matthew 16:13. Then just keep on reading! Questions are powerful.
So why am saying all of this? Ah yes, back to my original and main point. Wherever you may be in life, and whatever area you may be seeking to improve in, start with some questions.
Be sure you ask the right questions. Questions that will help you to get closer to whatever you’re trying to accomplish. But as you ask questions, be sure you are ready for the truth. Be sure that you are willing to take action on whatever it is that you learn. It’s not enough to merely ask questions. Sure you could do that, but that will only take so far. Take action! Have that “I CAN DO” mindset. MOVE. Do the necessary work (read deep work by Cal Newport which is a part of my book recommendations list…awe man I did it again).
To help get you started with this journey of questions, I’ve added a new worksheet to my freebie section. It’s a question worksheet. There are 5 questions for you.
- Are you trying to improve your fitness? Check it out.
- Are you trying to improve your mindset? Check it out.
- Are you looking to just get better? Check it out.
Here it is. I CAN DO question worksheet
What questions do you have for me? Please let me know.