The Right Questions

“Never tell someone anything you could ask instead.” 

Join #TheRightQuestions dialogue!

What are the questions we should be asking ourselves?

What is your question?

What are your favorite questions for growth and success?

“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.” ~Voltaire 

For a while now, I have been posting tweets using the hash tag #therightquestions, exploring one of my personal and business core values, one that certainly shapes my professional role as a business coach: “Never tell someone anything you could ask instead.”

I would like to know your Right Questions. What are the questions you ask that take you to The Intersection of Purpose and Now? What questions stimulate your personal drive, your muse, your courage to take action and create something new?  What questions lead you to authentic expression that adds value through your relationships? What questions are you trying to answer?

Please share your questions with comments to this blog, join the 24/7 dialogue on Twitter or TweetChat using the hash tag #therightquestions, post to my Facebook page, or feel free to send me a direct message on Twitter.

What else is possible?

This priority and value of questions is closely associated with another of my core values in business: No one knows your business, your life, your circumstance and desires better than you do. So I try not to do much telling. I ask questions. Great ones. Simple ones. Provocative and evocative ones. The right ones. I encourage you to do the same, because if you aren’t asking the right questions, you are much less likely to discover your best right answers. After all, if you are not asking the right questions, how else will you know “What else is possible?” (By the way, this is also a basic but powerful rationale for hiring a coach instead of a consultant or trainer.)

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” ~ Dr Seuss

The folks at Big Think do something similar. They decided to turn the tables on five of their most eloquent guests who tend to ask “the right questions”: “expert” guests were asked what questions we should be asking ourselves. As reported on the Big Think site, their “experts worried that many people aren’t taking the long view about the future of their careers and of humanity, and pointed us down avenues of reflection meant to lead us to better individual futures and a better world.” (You will find the Big Question expert video link at the bottom of today’s blog, which will also take you to the other four videos.)

Below are a few questions from Think Big and many more from the #therightquestions history on Twitter. What ones will you add?

  • What are I my peak experiences and why?
  • What are my unique talents and how do I express them?
  • How do I use my talents to serve the needs of my fellow human beings?
  • Who are my heroes is history, mythology and religion, and why?
  • What are the archetypical stories that stimulate my imagination and inspire me to an idealist vision?
  • How can I make a difference without thinking about myself?
  • What can I do that makes sense in the broad context of this extraordinary world in the next 20-30 years?
  • What do I want? Why?
  • What gets you excited to get up in the morning?
  • What will people say you value most by seeing you in action today?
  • What’s the contribution I want to make to the world?
  • What if you had more courage to take action now on that one thing that is most important, but seems just beyond your reach?
  • What noble purpose seems just beyond your reach?
  • How well will I embrace uncertainty, risk and judgment to achieve my priorities this year?
  • What happens to you if your heart creates visions that your brain doesn’t yet know how to achieve?
  • What is the best advice you have ever been given?
  • How might you shift your thinking from old assumptions toward new ones? What happens when you do?
  • What assumptions lead you to the results you are getting?
  • What new assumptions could you try?
  • How are you building your life on Value today?
  • What are you tolerating? Why?
  • What are you avoiding? Consider the freedom you might experience by facing your foe.
  • How might you appreciate differently the challenges you now face?
  • How would a breakthrough change your life?
  • If you have not defined a balanced set of personal and professional goals: How can you prioritize them?
  • If you have not defined a balanced set of personal and professional goals: How can you attain them?
  • If you have not defined a balanced set of personal and professional goals: How can they motivate you?
  • If you have not defined a balanced set of personal and professional goals: How can you be successful?
  • If you have not defined a balanced set of personal and professional goals: How can you attract other successful people?
  • Until you define a balanced set of personal / professional goals: How can you live life with a “magnificent obsession”?
  • Would you follow you? 
  • How are you aligning your values, Purpose, goals, roles, actions and relationships today?
  • Are your deepest principles and goals evident in your thoughts, words and actions?
  • Pick a value, any value: how is it playing out in your life and work today?
  • Are your personal breakthroughs fading?
  • Remember some of the breakthroughs you’ve experienced: how are you doing now?
  • Is this tension relieving or goal achieving?
  • When you argue with your excuses, who wins?
  • Facing an “unhappy” circumstance? Perhaps it’s a Divine provocation?
  • Could you Be The One?

“Once the water is deep enough that you must swim to stay afloat, does it really matter how deep the pool is?” ~Seth Godin

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

About pdncoach

A Go-Giver business coach working with leaders whose success depends on the performance and productivity of others. I coach individual leaders and their teams... in small to mid-size businesses, ministries and non-profits... to accelerate their results and achieve dreams by getting past the difficult, strategic challenges of their current realities.
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