Are You Asking the Right Questions?

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Today we’re going to do a bit of reverse engineering to see just what it is that makes us tick. Ready? Here we go:

Our life—which includes our job, our relationships, our income, our health—is determined, to a large extent, by our actions.

Our actions are determined, to a large extent, by our beliefs.

Our beliefs are determined, to a large extent, by our thoughts (and vice versa). But what determines our thoughts?

Our thoughts are determined, to a large extent, by the questions we ask.

And most of us ask bad questions.

If any of this rings true for you, then it really comes down to one simple equation:

Change your questions; change your life.

Something I learned a long time ago is that the brain (yours and mine) will attempt to answer any question that’s put to it. If that’s true, wouldn’t it behoove us to ask better questions? Instead of asking, “Should I go to the gym today?” (very easy for the brain to just answer “No!”), why not ask a better question: “What can I do to really enjoy my workout today?”

Instead of asking, “How late do I really have to work today?” (again, very easy for the brain to say, “Oh, 3:30 should do it”), why not ask, “What are the most important things I need to accomplish today, and how can I make sure I accomplish them?”

Instead of asking, “What can I get for my significant other for his/her birthday this year?,” why not ask, “How can I make my significant other’s birthday wonderfully unforgettable this year?”

Do you see the difference? Asking a better, stronger question puts your thought process in an entirely different context. You go down a completely different mental road—a road of possibility and innovative ideas. What it really comes down to is this:

The quality of our lives are determined, to a large extent, by the quality of the questions that we ask.

When you see someone successful—someone who is truly achieving award-winning performance in their business and in their life—I promise you that you are seeing someone who asks good questions.

So…what questions can you ask today?


About the Author:

29-time Emmy Award winner and Hall of Fame keynote speaker Bill Stainton, CSP is an expert on Innovation, Creativity, and Breakthrough Thinking. He helps leaders and their teams come up with innovative solutions — on demand — to their most challenging problems.
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