Asking myself WHAT??

The quality of our life is determined by the quality of the questions we ask ourselves. Unfortunately, most of us ask ourselves really rubbish questions.

You know, how great leaders ask great questions – instead of just telling people what to do, which is common, but a low standard of leadership.

Well, for all of us, leaders of businesses, teams – and leaders of life – most of the questions we ask, never pass our lips. They are part of the constant self-talk in our heads, the looping noise.

Starting the day with (self-talk) questions like: ‘How am I going to manage all this?’ or ‘Why me?’ or ‘How am I going to get through this day?’ is pretty common for even the best. But we give our brains very little chance of high quality answers with such a low starting point. Our brain’s best options would be answering ‘You’re not’, ‘Because that’s what always happens’ and ‘Barely breathing’.

So, what about setting the bar a little higher? A good place to start is with these 7 quality questions, that give your brain an opportunity to actually look for a quality answer (from Awaken the Giant within). You have to do them fast, no pondering, so it’s really just a few minutes – with an OK side effect of starting the day creating new, neural pathways. Here we go:

  1. What am I happy about [in my life right now]?
    1. What about it makes me happy?
    2. How does that make me feel?
  2. What am I excited about [..]?
    1. What about it excites me?
    2. How does that make me feel?
  3. What am I proud of [..]?
  4. What am I grateful for [..]?
  5. What am I enjoying [..]?
  6. What am I committed to [..]?
  7. Who do I love, and who loves me [..]?

Note the questions on your phone, learn them by heart, however you learn best, just do it. You will be surprised by the quality answers popping up in your brain.

To a high-quality week!