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Questions Matter

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"Unfortunately, many people are so eager to formulate the best answer and then begin implementing it we often forget to take into account whether the right question has become asked." - Clayton M. Christensen

We have all heard the maxim, "Ask a foolish question - obtain a foolish answer." Where it's said in jest, there is still much truth that can be had there. The type of questions you may well ask will determine the type of answer you get. Proper questioning is actually one of the most powerful and useful tools we've in the learning process. Many of us ask questions to others or to ourselves. Your brain processes hundreds of thousands of questions every day. They can range from things to eat for breakfast to what is the meaning of life. This is another one, if you ask countless questions, wouldn't the kind of question your brain has to answer matter?

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Tony Robbins, well-known author and speaker place it this way, "Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers." So what is a better question? Better questions are merely ones that will provide you with the answer you truly need. They inspire, motivate and lead you to think. A better question will encourage and move you. It doesn't depress, discourage or devalue you.

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Many success-minded people face two key problems inside their search for self-improvement. One is they feel they must have always an answer. When the kids were growing up, I use to tell them they could always ask me any question they wanted. Easily did not know the answer, I might make one up. Even today, they are discovering that its not all I told them am. For us, that was a great game we had, nevertheless for many, it is the reality of life. They are so concerned with using an answer they will recover it rather than say they cannot know. We have all experienced this in daily life and to this day we are finding that not all we were told is really true.

This practice of giving answers are derived from our thinking that to ask questions is foolish or causes us to look stupid. In reality, the opposite is true. Exactly the foolish do not ask questions. Baseball great Tom Connelly said, "He who asks something may be a fool for a few moments, but he who never asks something remains a fool forever."

Questions help us to learn and to are more creative and productive. Perhaps you have noticed that people who generally have all the answers do little with their former lifestyle? It is the questions we ask that open exciting and new doors for us to endure.

"It is better to know a number of the questions than all of the answers." - James Thurber

One other problem we face is always that many of us do not know the way to ask good questions. Sadly, we were not taught this at school. We were given information (most of which was incorrect) and our responsibility was to learn the information, not to question it. We've developed a culture where the dream of being anything to be has been substituted for, "Do what I say. I understand better." Adults and children alike are criticized and belittled to be creative or asking a lot of questions. We are told to believe our side this area and yet placed in a lesser box all the time. Education went from learning to being told things to think.

I am not against education. I believe we should all learn just as much as we can for the rest of our life. The thing is that the system we reside in does not educate. We have been taught facts, what actually transpired in the past and what can be achieved. Real education is teaching individuals to think. Question the reality, think of new things and learn the unknown. More will be performed with a little imagination by using a lot of learning. As Albert Einstein said, "Logic provide from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."

I wish to talk about some techniques to stimulate your thinking and questioning. They're a few ideas for learning to ask yourself better, more inspiring questions that will permit you to soar across the crowd and display the creative genius that most human kind were born with.

Contemplate, "What am I not seeing?"
Just about the most restrictive statements people make is, "I'll accept is as true when I see it." Or else you will always find those that smugly say, "I don't believe in anything I can not see with my own eyes." That is just foolish. Life is full of things we presume and never see. Truly success-minded everyone is more likely to ask the question, "What is it that I am not seeing?" Precisely what are you missing? What's happening behind the scenes or hidden from common sight? The issue, "What am I not seeing?" permits you to explore new possibilities and replace limited thinking with imagination and creativity. This inquiry will allow you to see what is really happening in a situation. You can explore the possibilities that what is apparently the problem is not really the challenge. These are the discoveries which make the difference between standing still and true success.

Often there is an element of risk in asking questions. One is that you may not have the answer you are looking for. We've often told people that I have coached "Don't ask questions you really do not want techniques to." What I mean with this is not to stop communicating with them, but to understand that this answer may be more difficult then the question. Asking quality questions means taking action when you find an answer or in order to find an answer. If you see what needs to change, you now have a responsibility to do something about it. I believe it is the fear of having to take action and responsibility that causes many not to inquire. Sadly, when it comes to success, ignorance is not bless.

Ask "What if" questions
Anyone who has had children, been around children or been a child, knows the frustration that the question "Why?" could cause. My oldest daughter Beth, when she was about three years old, was full of questions. Each day on the walk, she would hit me with deep philosophical questions like, "What supports the sidewalk up?" "Where do worms sleep?" "Where perform stars go in the daytime?" At first, these questions would be funny little exchanges we might have. After a time however, to be honest, they made me nuts! I did later come to realize that they were in fact great questions. This is the way a child learns. They question everything. Might know about see as foolish is actually vital information on their behalf. Can you see how by teaching children only what we should want them to know keeps them from learning what they need to know? In time, and you need little more evidence of this than just considering our youth, they stop asking them questions and in the end they stop learning.

Imagine if, we helped our children find answers to all of the questions? What if, we inspired adults to get started on asking "silly" questions and helped these phones find answers? Let's say, that idea you have had floating in your brain for so long happened? What if, that dream you have had for your life was achieved? Imagine if, you could not fail with the goals you have for life and career? What if, is one of the most powerful coming from all questions because if demands you to definitely think in order to find an answer. Facts and opinions cannot answer the question of what if. Only imagination, creativity and classic curiosity can answer that question. Eighteenth century English writer, Samuel Johnson said, "Curiosity is amongst the most permanent and certain characteristics of your vigorous intellect."

"There is frequently more to be learned through the unexpected questions of an child that the discourses that face men." - John Locke

Think about, "How can this be done differently?"
For whatever reason, people tend to do things exactly the same over and over again. Even when those actions do not work or are hard. We all know the Einstein concise explaination insanity: to do the same thing in the same way and expect different results. Success-minded people have a habit of seeing something and saying, "How could this be done better?" A fantastic example of this was the fantastic Thomas A. Edison. The majority of his fortune was developed not from new inventions but from taking stuff that already excised and causing them to be better.

Just as many people feel they have to have an answer all the time, many also believe that they must always make a move new. If they develop an idea, it must be new and never done before. Consequently, they cannot come up with ideas. The number of have had the idea for the new product that will save people time and money in their daily life. They sit on the idea only to navigate to the store and find it in stock. What do they do then? They never think it is again. So much the skin loses due to a lack of imaginative thinking.

The greater way to approach things is by the simple question, why made better? What can be done differently? What is missing that will make this more useful and desirable? A lot of what we see currently available are improved things not a new challenge. Look how fast technology changes. It's not because there is something new speculate what is there is something improved on. R&D departments spend millions on the way to improve on products as soon as they go on the market. Why? If you do not improve your own products, another person will.

This principle relates to life as well. What in your own life is not working as along with you would like it to? How will you improve it to make it better? Precisely what are you not doing which needs to be done? What are you doing that you need to stop? These questions can assist you to move forward and to find productive answers. Don't ask unproductive questions like, "What are we doing wrong?" "Why can't I recieve this right?" You don't to know what not to do. You still have that down pretty well. You'll want to find out what you can do. See how to move forward and forget what didn't work.

Ask yourself, "Why not?"
Today, greater than any time in history, success-minded people realize that impossible is not a cause of lack of success. People do the impossible every day. The one thing that is impossible it to achieve success with an impossible mindset. There is nothing impossible to the man or woman who is willing to work hard, ask good questions and grow with something until they achieve. Browse around you. Everything you see was impossible sometime in people's minds. On the reverse side, everything you see was simple to someone who was willing to go after it.

One of many great things about allowing your imagination to believe things are possible, is it will never think situations are impossible again. Oliver Wendell Holmes said, "A mind that is stretched by a new experience can't ever go back to its old dimensions." Success-minded people know that just because something hasn't been done before does not mean it cannot be done. In fact, if someone has ever done it, even if they failed, it indicates that the idea can there be. Where there are ideas, impossible the unexpected happens.

"Take the attitude of an student, never be too big to ask questions, can't say for sure too much to learn new things." - Og Mandino

Time for questions has become. Not the time for answers. Answers happen only once there are questions. Be brave. Have courage. Be prepared to ask the question that is deep inside. The world is in need of great imaginative thinkers who aren't afraid of asking difficult questions. Allow me to close with a few simple questions for you. What is all you could read here could really work for you? What if you could find answers to the questions you have for ages been unwilling to ask? Why can't you are the one to change the world? Why can't your idea or invention work? Imagine if you could not fail? How would you react? Go do it!


Posted Dec 30, 2015 at 5:50am