“Questions provide the key to unlocking our unlimited potential. Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.” -Tony Robbins
Last Friday, I woke up with a sinking feeling in my chest.
A twinge of sadness and a slightly unreasonable feeling that I was missing the 2018 boat. Perhaps it was a bit dramatic being that it was just the end of the 2nd week of the year, but I had this horrible feeling that I (already!) wasn’t making enough headway towards my goals.
But just as I was about to go head first into my anxiety, the words “ask better questions” popped into my head.
Many years ago, I had heard that phrase from Tony Robbins and, time and time again, it has been incredibly helpful in moving me forward when I have felt stuck.
Why are better questions so powerful?
Think about it…when we feel stuck, negative, or defeated in any area of our lives, we often ask ourselves counter-productive questions that keep us focusing on what isn’t working as opposed to what is working, how we can use our current situation to move us forward towards our desired outcome, and how we can improve our environment to support our vision.
For example, that negative self-talk might have us asking ourselves problem-focused questions like, “Why is this happening to me again? Why do I always screw things up? When are things going to change?”
Asking better questions, such as “How is my current situation preparing me for my next big step? What or who can I ask to support me towards my goals?”, shifts us towards a solution and looking for the silver-lining in our situation.
Better questions= a more productive use of our time and energy…and PROGRESS!
And so, in that spirit, I got still, quieted my mind, and before I knew it, 2 really good, transformative questions filled the space that just moments before my anxiety was inhabiting.
In fact, these two questions provided such a powerful shift for me, I put them on a post-it so that I make a point to ask myself them every single day.
Ready to have your shift?
I filmed this short video minutes after these two questions came to mind. Here’s hoping they will get you back into forward motion!
So tell me, how did answering these two questions shift your day and what you are focusing on?
How might focusing on asking better questions keep you moving towards your goals?