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Our brain is a powerful supercomputer, but its information can only be accessed when we ask questions. Choose wisely.
As you begin to prepare for the week ahead I hope this week’s newsletter will help you ask better questions. The right questions unlock key insights and help focus energy into worthwhile pursuits.
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“Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.”
In a way, this newsletter is all about thoughtfully designed questions to help you think critically about your own life. We ask ourselves questions to uncover things we didn’t notice and develop clarity around specific ideas.
As Tony Robbins states above, the quality of our life depends on the quality of our questions. If we’re constantly asking ourselves “why do bad things always happen to me”, we will have a different set of beliefs and actions then if we’re constantly asking ourselves “how can I get what I want in life”. I’m sure you can intuit which question may yield better results.
Questions are the lens we have to see the world. Imagine drilling a hole through a wall to see what’s inside a neighboring room. The location and the size of the hole determine what you’re able to see on the other side.
A bad question is like drilling a small hole in the bottom corner of the wall. It’s hard to see anything, but that is your entire experience of the room. A good question is like boring a large hole right in the center of the wall providing a panoramic view of what’s going on in the next room.
Consistently asking quality questions provides an expansive view of life that supplies the clarity and direction necessary for making progress.
Ask better questions. Get better answers. Live a better life.
For this week’s prompts, I’m borrowing impactful questions from others that have consistently help me find clarity in my own life.
“How have I been complicit in creating the conditions I say I don’t want?”
Jerry Colonna - Founder of Reboot.io
“What is the worst-case scenario if I make the jump and try something new? What steps could I take to repair the damage or get things back to normal, even temporarily, if things go wrong?”
Tim Ferriss - Author of The 4 Hour Workweek
“What’s the One Thing I can do such that by doing it everything else becomes easier or unnecessary?”
Gary Keller - Author of The One Thing
Ask Better Questions - Tony Robbins
A short blog post detailing 3 questions to ask yourself each morning to improve the quality of your life.
The Surprising Power of Questions - Harvard Business Review
An awesome guide on what types of questions to ask, how to ask them, and why they’re important.
Thanks for reading! I’ll see you next Sunday.