5 Reasons To Keep Asking Yourself Great Questions
Socrates once said: "the quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to the quality of the questions they ask themselves."
Here's 5 reasons why the sentiment behind that thought is so important:
1. You are your own resident expert
No-one knows more about you, your past or your situation than you. Through purposeful and thoughtful self-enquiry, there is enough experience and memory equity in you, to solve or improve any area of your life.
2. Asking = Self buy-in
Research shows (and experience confirms) that we are more motivated to carry out ideas and solutions that we generate on our own. So even a less-optimal solution to a challenge that we develop on the basis of asking ourselves deep questions, will produce better results than if we ask and use someone elses.
3. Self-enquiry empowers
Self-confidence is a huge factor in change. Taking the time to focus deep and searching questions of yourself, and listening and trusting that feedback enough to act, is hugely empowering, and builds solid self-confidence.
4. It develops leadership
Responsibility is the backbone of leadership. Asking yourself what you would do develops your leadership muscle, and develops your leadership mindset.
5. It creates authenticity
Taking the time to ask deep and significant questions about who we are, what we want and what we stand for, connects to us to a more profound and valuable understanding of our authenticity. Which in turn develops self-trust, self-awareness and self-esteem. These qualities are foundational to success, transformational change and leadership.
Try a few of these as a way to get started, Keep the answers short, clear and try and avoid too many of the buzzwords.
Who are you?
What do you do? (no official titles or job descriptions!)
What do you care really about?
Why do you really care about that stuff?
Could you have been kinder to myself today?
What’s the top priority in my life right now?
What ideas interest you?
What are your intentions right now?
And what would you like to do about them?
What are your values?
Why are these your values?
What are you passionately committed to?
What are you really scared of?
Are you holding on to something you need to let go of?
Who has had the greatest impact in your life?
To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?
When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than I’ve done?
Go deep. Tear off the band-aid and get out of the way of your self. Some of it may sting. That's ok. Awareness precedes change. Today, more than ever before, authenticity is profoundly important to our happiness and success.
Christian Burne is a transformation coach and therapist, based in Beaconsfield. Specialising in helping ambitious professionals break-free from life turbulence, and get back on their game stronger, happier and more confident.