Posted: 2005-08-16 / Author: Kathy Paauw
Boost Your Bottom Line By Asking Powerful QuestionsHe who asks questions cannot avoid the answers." -African Proverb
Powerful questions yield powerful answers.¬ Here's an example...
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.¬ He said, "My beloved grandson, the battle inside every person is between two wolves. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, false pride, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, compassion and faith."
The grandson thought for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf wins?" The old Cherokee gently grasped the boy's shoulder and replied,¬ "The one you feed."
Are you getting the results you want in your life?¬ Do the questions you ask get to the bottom line?
Last December I wrote an article called The Power of Personal Accountability.¬ In the article, I mentioned that asking the right questions can help us find the right answers.¬ After publishing this article, one of my subscribers -- Lee Wise -- sent me a list of powerful inquiries he wrote.¬ Lee has graciously given me permission to share them with you.¬
There is great power in asking a good question, especially when asked in the form of an inquiry.¬ (An inquiry is a question you ask over and over, that does not necessarily have one "right" answer.)¬ ¬ The potential for meaningful change may lie before you in the form of your own seriously considered answer to a selected question.¬ Any one response to any of these questions can have a powerful impact on your life.¬
Here are Lee's questions...¬
19 GOOD QUESTIONS FOR LIVING THE GOOD LIFE
(Asking Just The Right Question To Get Just What You Desire) ¬© Lee Wise All rights reserved. http://abeautifulmomentintime.blogspot.com
What one small thing is holding me back from doing my best today?
What one small thing is hindering me from becoming the person I be could be today in one area of my life?
What action could I take today to brighten someone's world? ¬ (Key:¬ make it simple, doable, and even fun!)
How can I double my value as a ___________ this year?¬ ¬ *As a... husband, father, employee, friend, etc.¬ ¬ Suggestion: ask this question many, many times.
Where should I influence my world in a positive way?
Are negative thinking patterns eating away my potential in any area of my life -- no matter how small?
Am I saying "I can't" when I should be saying "I can" or "I must!" anywhere in my life?
My greatest area of tension at work or home right now is ____. How could I improve just 10% in this area?
What positive discipline have I let slip lately? What price am I paying for this slip?
Where can I, or should I, make a positive difference?
If I took a thirty second "happy memory break" right now, what would I remember?
How can I schedule a small break in my life -- just enough to be refreshed and recharged a bit?
What untapped potential could I bring to my world?
Am I learning what I need to learn?
Are my associations making me or breaking me?
Who is challenging me or inspiring me right now? Who could?
Should I procrastinate on anything, or set aside anything, that is not important for what is most important?
Is there anything I should stop doing?
Am I out of balance anywhere in terms of striving to perform?¬ Am I seeking a standard of excellence in the right way, for the right reasons?¬
Use these strategies to get the best results...
Pay attention to your initial feelings about an inquiry you read.
Should you notice a "first impression answer" that ushers in a sense of excitement, challenge -- or a deep sense of "I should do this" -- be sure to slow down your internal speed of life and park there a moment or two.
Repeating a question over and over sets in motion an on-going search to discover just the right answer for you.
Consider recording your thoughts in a journal.
Enjoy the process!
For additional reading about the power of asking the right questions, visit our article The Power of Personal Accountability at the link below. http://www.orgcoach.net/newsletter/dec2004.html
About the Author:
Wouldn't you love to stumble upon a secret library of ideas to help you de-clutter your life so you can focus on what's most important?¬ Kathy Paauw offers simple, yet powerful ideas, on how to manage your time, space, and thoughts for a more productive and fulfilling life.¬ Visit http://www.orgcoach.net.
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