“Who we are and what we will become is determined by the questions that animate us, and by those we refuse to ask.”
— Sam Keen
Questions have the power to direct our thoughts and reveal interesting answers.
Our minds are hardwired to seek the answers to the questions we ask.
If you change the question(s) you are asking you will change the focus of your thoughts and actions.
One day I asked myself a random question and was surprised at the answer I got.
I asked myself, what is my least favorite smell?
The answer I got was:
The smell of peanut butter being washed off of a knife in the kitchen sink. It reminds me of the smell of a dead hamster.
When I was a kid my pet hamster Rosie died and it was my job to bury her.
Well, I kind of procrastinated and the rich pungent smell of her decaying body was my reward for procrastinating.
I then asked myself another question, what is my second least favorite smell?
The answer I got was:
The smell of a dead hamster. It reminds me of the smell of peanut butter being washed off of a knife in the kitchen sink.
That’s an example of using questions to entertain yourself on a slow day.
You can also use questions to empower yourself and others. You can use questions to help set new goals and enhance your understanding of a situation.
We are actually asking ourselves questions all the time.
There are questions we ask ourselves, there are questions we are afraid to ask, and there are questions we need to ask. But out habit or ignorance or whatever, those questions never get asked. I’m talking about questions that can lead to answers, that can motivate actions, that can improve the quality of your life and the lives of those around you.
Questions such as:
- Where do I want to be a year from now (personally and professionally)?
- What can I do this week to get me closer to that goal/dream?
- What can I do before I go to sleep tonight to get me one step closer to that goal/dream?
- Do I spend more time working IN my business or ON my business?
- How much time do I spend marketing my business?
- What can I do to increase the conversion rate of my website?
- Do I know who my ideal customer is?
- How can I find the good in this situation?
- Do I know how to create sales copy that will get my prospects and customers to take action?
- Do I have a way to measure the impact of each dollar I spend on a marketing campaign?
- Do I have a system for finding, keeping and growing new customers?
- Do I know what my customers and prospects want the most?
- What will I focus on right now?