Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers
Good questions are a source of inspiration (other sources could be creative people, insightful blogs and books, rousing music and exhilarating new experiences). Being inspired ALWAYS feels good; why leave it to chance. Why not be proactive in seeking inspiration. Inspired people are more creative, decisive, have higher energy and consequently they do more, achieve more and feel more fulfilled. The immediate answers to the questions posed are almost secondary in benefit. Good questions can stimulate the mind to think and question further. Prolonged unhappiness can mean you aren’t properly aligned with your true desires. Questioning can identify root causes to your unhappiness and highlight the needed changes.
Here are a couple of questions about questions: Can you answer them honestly? Do the answers hurt or intimidate?
If you can answer questions truthfully, you may find insights that can lead to greater wisdom which may lead to change and the change could lead to a larger life and the larger life might give more purpose to your existence and that is the answer you were probably seeking in the first place. These are some questions posed by a Jungian analyst whom I greatly respect:
- Where has life blessed you?
- What works well in your life and what isn’t working?
- Where are you blocked by fear?
- Where are you stuck?
- Where are you resistant to change, what price are you paying and is the price truly worth it?
- What ideas, habits and behavioral patterns are inhibiting you from pursuing what you desire? What are the secondary gains that keep you mired in inactivity – security, comfortable predictability, avoidance of risk?
- Where do you need to grow up and take responsibility for your life?
- Where have you felt a tinge of yearning but never pursued or investigated the feeling further.
- What are you willing to commit to (e.g. a specific long term relationship, personal growth or healthy living) ?
This isn’t a test in which correct answers (as determined and agreed to by others) matter. Just jot down what first comes to your mind and see if there are any insights or wisdom that will help you move forward and grow. Learn to cultivate the art of asking good questions, it’s the proper path for those seeking truth and authenticity.