Questions We Should Ask Ourselves Every Day
By Sandy Schroeder
Sometimes we give ourselves the wrong answers when we face daily issues. When we hit a wall, it’s easy to shrug and say, “Well that’s the way it is.”
Accepting the status quo often leaves us dissatisfied and frustrated. That's where questions like, ”What if?” come in.
I have worked with people who asked that question all of the time. When we ran into a person, regulation, or situation that blocked us, this fellow asked questions that opened doors and moved projects ahead. It wasn’t always easy, but sometimes it was surprisingly simple. I never forgot that fellow or those questions. Sometimes I use those questions to find new answers. When I don’t ask the questions, I usually regret it.
You may have your own set of questions. When work takes a wrong turn, or family routines fall apart, a few questions could help. Here are my favorite questions. What are yours?
What if? - When you ask this question, be prepared for some surprising answers. Some may not apply. Some may be amazing. You may have to sift through them, but you may also move ahead.
Why can’t I do that? - Before you give yourself lots of reasons why you can’t, pause and look at what you want to do. Are there better approaches, or key items that have been overlooked?
Where does this start? - When problems come up at home or at work, there usually is a history. Your kids may have been moaning and groaning and letting chores slide for some time. Sitting down to talk could mean finding better times for the chores, trading chores, or just facing up and trying harder with some new rewards for effort.
What do I need to know? - When something seems impossible, finding out more always helps. The most successful people that I have worked with always did their homework. When they came to a meeting where there were decisions to be made, they already knew the answers and were prepared to speak up.
Am I missing something here? - You may have gone over every inch of a project, but stepping back and taking another look could give you a different slant. Asking a veteran may also produce different approaches.
Asking more questions may not make things perfect, but usually it is a whole lot better than just shrugging and saying, “Well that’s the way it is.”
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